Poll Result: Kanye better than The Who but Lionel is Number One


His booking as one of the headline acts for Glastonbury 2015 was about as controversial as they come but Kanye West certainly proved some of the doubters wrong, according to our poll.

The Chicago rapper split opinions on social media so we asked which act stole the show and according to our readers the Jesus Walks star outperformed Mercury Music Prize nominees Jamie XX and Florence + the Machine as well as legendary rockers The Who.

Yeezy’s claim to be the “biggest rock star on the planet” looks to be false though (shock) as Lionel Richie topped our poll with 36 per cent of the vote.

After drawing a staggering 120,000 people to listen to hits including Dancing on the Ceiling the soul superstar was the undoubted king of this year’s festival.

Kanye also lit up the Pyramid Stage though, literally, with his set – which included Jesus Walks, Touch the Sky, Gold-digger and a dodgy cover of Bohemian Rhapsody  – drawing an impressive 26 per cent of our votes.

Next up was Florence + the Machine who round out the top three despite being drafted in as a last-minute replacement for the Foo Fighters and their injured front man Dave Grohl.

Florence had the crowd eating out the palm of her hands as she rattled off hits like Kiss with a Fist, Dog Days are Over and Shake it Out but this was only enough to secure 19 per cent of the overall vote.

Next up – and this may say something about the average age of Ladbrokes News readers – were The Who.

Fresh from a sell-out show at London’s Hyde Park  the rockers – now in their 70s – delighted crowds with My Generation and Baba O’Reilly among others but our readers were not as impressed with just 16 per cent saying they stole the show.

And bringing up the rear with just two per cent was Jamie XX. He may be the 4/1 favourite to pip Florence + the Machine to this year’s Mercury Music Prize, but he’d better hope the Ladbrokes News readers aren’t on the panel.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.