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X Factor stage invader Lee Nelson crashes Kanye West's Glastonbury headline slot

Comedian Lee Nelson – serial stage invader – gets on stage with Kanye West

Jonathan McAloon

Published 28/06/2015 | 08:57

Kanye West's headline Glastonbury set was interrupted when Lee Nelson, the character invented by comedian Simon Brodkin, invaded the stage.

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A renowned stage invader, Nelson crashed the 2014 X Factor live shows, where he mimed alongside eight piece boyband Stereokicks. The band was so numerous it seemed to take a while for security to realise Nelson wasn't supposed to be there.

English comedian Simon Brodkin (L), playing his character Lee Nelson, is escorted by security after interrupting American singer Kanye West as he performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
English comedian Simon Brodkin (L), playing his character Lee Nelson, is escorted by security after interrupting American singer Kanye West as he performs on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm near the village of Pilton in Somerset, South West England, on June 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Nelson ran onto the stage during West's set and started leaping around and rapping along with the star, who stopped singing to beckon security. A guard promptly tackled Nelson off the stage.

Although the invader wasn't identified initially, it didn't take people long to speculate that it was in fact Nelson, who also attempted to pose as a member of the England football squad at an airport in 2014.

Nelson quickly took to Twitter, displaying a t-shirt which read "Lee-zus", resembling West's merchandise and monicker Yeezus.

After Nelson was escorted by from the stage by a member of security, West insisted on beginning his song again.

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