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Noel Gallagher has criticized Glastonbury comments for “downplaying the experience of disabled music fans”.

Noel Gallagher has been criticized for comments about his Glastonbury experience.

The former Oasis guitarist performed at the UK music festival on Saturday (June 25) after which he stayed to see sets by other artists including Jamie T.

On a new gig The Matt Morgan Podcast, Gallagher said that initially he and his friends weren’t given a seat at the side of the stage where VIPs can usually watch performances.

“[We] We couldn’t get on stage because we were so exhausted,” he explained.

However, after showing his festival pass, he told security guards: “This ticket is with me and we went onto this platform – without us knowing it was the disabled platform.”

Gallagher added: “I said, ‘See that passport mate? It takes me everywhere,” he joked that he would dump a disabled fan out of his wheelchair to give his son a better view.

“I have to say these disabled cats have a great view of everything,” he said.

Following his comments, UK disability charity Scope took to Twitter and wrote: “Reports of Noel Gallagher’s behavior at Glastonbury have been worrying enough. But to hear him brag about his actions while openly mocking disabled people is beyond insulting.”

They continued, “Noel may detract from the experience of disabled music fans. But for many, the reality of attending live music and festivals can be stressful and upsetting.

“Accessible platforms at events are not for privileged rock stars and their friends. They exist so people with disabilities can enjoy live music with fewer barriers.”

They concluded: “Noel may detract from the experience of disabled music fans. But for many, the reality of attending live music and festivals can be stressful and upsetting.”

The backlash comes as disabled wireless festival-goers slammed organizers for a “miserable” experience.

You can read that of the independent Four-star review of Gallagher’s Glastonbury performance, along with the biggest highlights from the festival weekend here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/noel-gallagher-criticised-disabled-music-fans-b2116562.html Noel Gallagher has criticized Glastonbury comments for “downplaying the experience of disabled music fans”.

JOE HERNANDEZ

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