Here's how to blag your way on stage with Kanye West, according to stage crasher Lee Nelson
Published 25/07/2015 | 12:04
In June, Glastonbury hosted its most controversial headliner for several years. But the man who upstaged even Kanye West was a 38-year-old comedian known as Lee Nelson.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Simon Brodkin, the man behind the persona, explains how he got past Glastonbury's security to invade the Pyramid Stage during West's set, proving that persistence is key if you are trying to get into high security areas.
"It's never easy", Brodkin said of getting through to the Pyramid Stage. "One time I just got ushered away by this woman who thought I was in the wrong place. But I kept at it."
Brodkin used a microphone he had bought at Argos the previous day to use as a prop, and swiftly found the hospitality area, where he saw Pharrell Williams, but didn't have "the time to chat".
He continues: "I went in to the toilets, psyched myself up, got my game face on and went for it.
"A guy said, ‘Where’s your ID?’ I said, ‘I’m meant to be ON STAGE mate.’ He went, ‘Oh, sorry.’ I went up and there was the same woman who’d ushered me away moments earlier, but because I’d got through to this point and I was bouncing and had the mic she let me go on."
The stunt proved more of a talking point that West's performance, which received lukewarm reviews from critics and viewers at home. Nelson's interruption, which was swiftly curbed when he was carried offstage by security, caused West to begin a song again.
Brodkin tweeted a photo of himself, as Nelson, in a "Lee-zus" teeshirt, riffing on West's alter-ego of Yeezus.
While many of Nelson's fans found the prank amusing, the comedian was also criticised for interrupting West's show.
However, while Nelson made it onto Glastonbury's biggest stage, he wasn't able to get into his own gig in the caberet tent because security didn't let him in. "I didn’t have the laminate. They made me get the management to get in to my own gig."