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Lana Del Rey threatens to pull out of Glastonbury because of line-up announcement

Lana Del Rey threatens to pull out of Glastonbury because of line-up announcement

The American singer has threatened to withdraw from the iconic British festival

Lana Del Rey has threatened to pull out of this year's Glastonbury festival because of the extremely controversial line-up announcement.

The line-up was released to excited fans on Friday (3 March) and has since made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

The 37-year-old has now hit back at the festival and shared with fans exactly how she feels about the whole ordeal.

Lana Del Rey has appeared threaten withdrawing from the festival.
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Organisers released the line-up last Friday morning and many were quick to notice some major issues with the programming - namely having all-male headline acts.

The festival has since addressed their lack of female headliners, explaining the reason for this lack of 'diversity' but it seems that Del Rey is not happy at all with how they've handled things.

The line-up currently sees the likes of Elton John closing the festival on Sunday night for his final ever UK date - an act which ticket-holders already knew about before the controversy.

Joining John are the Arctic Monkeys, who will be returning to play for their third time at the event on the Friday, alongside Guns n' Roses for the Saturday headline slot.

Fans were quick to criticise the all-male headline acts.
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Within minutes of the announcement, fans were quick to call out the festival organisers for their lack of 'diversity' in the long-anticipated lineup.

However, the 'Honeymoon' singer was no where to be seen at the top of the line-up poster and was instead buried in the seventh line of names to appear on the listing.

Set to headline at The Other Stage on the Saturday afternoon of the festival - Del Rey's name can be seen half-way down the poster with 24 names of acts listed before hers including the likes of Lizzo, Alt-J and Fred Again..

53% of the performers named in this first wave of acts are also men.
Glastonbury Festival

The 'Born to Die' singer has since taken to Instagram to hit back at the line-up announcement.

Sharing her views with her 1.9 million followers, Del Rey wrote: "Well, I’m actually headlining the 2nd stage."

"But," she continued, "since there was no consideration for announcing that we’ll see."

While she hasn't necessarily said she's pulling out - it's clear that her ambiguous 'we'll see' is definitely loaded with some level of annoyance at her name being so far down on the line-up list.

Del Rey also commented on Glastonbury's announcement post with a sarcastic thank you for their clumsy handling of the situation.

She commented: "Thanks for announcing that I was headlining the other stage. Thumbs up," accompanied with a very fitting thumbs up emoji.

A source reportedly told The Sun about Del Rey's reaction to the news.

"Thanks for announcing that I was headlining the other stage."

They revealed: "Lana is disappointed. She was proud to be doing a headline slot, but on the announcement graphic her name is buried among lesser-known artists.

"She feels let down being presented as an afterthought lagging behind the all-male trio," they added.

Fans were quick to come to the singer's defence with one Instagram user writing: "Are y'all just not gonna announce Lana is headlining the other stage or..."

"Why isn’t Lana headlining the main stage?" another added.

A third also questioned: "Why Lana isn’t in the top row? Wtf."

The news has also since caused a storm on Twitter with another fan posting: "Lana del Rey headlining the second stage at Glastonbury and she’s 7th on lineup chart. Below Lizzo?! Arctic monkeys?! Pft"

"Why isn’t Lana headlining the main stage?"
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Another Twitter user made the point that the list, after the three main acts, was ordered alphabetically.

"Hope we can smooth this one over," they wrote, "maybe she didn't realise it's an alphabetical poster."

Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the famed British festival, has since addressed such concerns and the 'pipeline' problems related the lineup.

She told The Guardian: "We’re trying our best so the pipeline needs to be developed. This starts way back with the record companies, radio. I can shout as loud as I like but we need to get everyone on board."

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