Heavy metal band Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has labelled Britain’s Glastonbury Festival as becoming too “middle class”.
Dickinson said that the band had no interest in playing at the festival anymore, which sells tickets at $379, because it was too “bourgeois”.
“In the days when Glasto was an alternative festival it was quite interesting,” said Dickinson in an interview with The Telegraph.
“Now it’s the most bourgeois thing on the planet. Anywhere Gwyneth Paltrow [the actress] goes and you can live in an air-conditioned yurt is not for me.”
Glastonbury Festival today is a far cry from when it started in 1970s, with festival goers now able to spend thousands of dollars on VIP areas with temporary homes and air beds.
Fellow heavy metal rock band Metallica is headlining Glastonbury Festival this year, while Iron Maiden will play at hard rock festival, Sonisphere, held in Knebworth Park.
“We’ll leave the middle classes to do Glastonbury and the rest of the great unwashed will decamp to Knebworth and drink lot of beer and have fun,” he said in an interview.
Glastonbury Festival is famous for celebrity watching, with supermodels like Kate Moss and movie stars like Kate Bosworth regularly attending.