Jeremy Corbyn gets rock star welcome at Glastonbury Festival

Corbyn, a far-left politician, ascended to leadership of Labour in 2015.

"This festival is about coming together, it's about music, yes but it's also for environment and for peace", he said.

Spreading his message
to global issues, he added: "Let's tackle the causes of war, the greed for natural resources, the denial of human rights, the irrational imprisonment of political opponents".

Similar chants broke out at smaller stages and tents across the event, which is the largest greenfield music festival in the world, attended by 175,000 people each year.

"I'll be interested to see what all the fuss is about".

"That means sharing the wealth".

"And as I was sitting in my wheelchair watching this show on TV, Florence played a fucking Foo Fighters song way better than we've ever played a Foo Fighters song. Politics is about the lives of all of us".

"Everyone we meet is unique". "Don't see them as a threat, don't see them as an enemy".

Talking about the importance of tackling climate change, discrimination and poverty, he went on to quote a verse from Masque of Anarchy by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley to huge cheers.

He was driven to the Greenpeace area of the site, where he posed for pictures in the Greenpeace Cafe and was met by cheering crowds.

Even before Corbyn's speech Saturday, the Labour leader has had a presence at Glastonbury: During Radiohead's headlining set Friday, the crowd chanted "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn".

"It's very smart to target our age with tuition fees", said 18-year-old Hannah, who voted for the first time on June 8.

Corbyn hinted at renewed support for his party following the election, saying: "I don't believe all the opinion polls, but every indication I've got is there's an bad lot more people coming to the same conclusion".

"I urge the Government to make sure all necessary support, including, crucially, financial support, is urgently made available to councils across the country so they can deal swiftly and effectively with the scale of the fire safety challenge". "I think he's a wonderful man and I think it's great that he is getting in touch with young voters".

But Darren Garrett, from Gillingham in Dorset, took a different view. "I don't read newspapers, I don't know anybody who does", she said.

"As for the guy himself, I'm not his biggest fan".

Mr Corbyn, who had not attended the festival before, introduced United States hip hop duo Run The Jewels before his Left Field tent speech.

  • Leroy Wright