As of today, roughly 127,000 people have signed a petition to stop Kanye West playing this year's Glastonbury. This has inevitably prompted opposing reactions from everyone, everywhere and rightly so - why shouldn't one of the world's biggest artists take the headline spot?

The origins of Glastonbury stem from the early hippie movements of the late sixties and early seventies, Michael Eavis was said to have started Pilton Festival (now Glastonbury) after watching an open air concert by Led Zeppelin. It has since retained these associations and continues to draw a mixed bag of revellers from those who were there at the beginning to those new to the festival circuit. The problem is, in recent years, music festivals have become increasingly stale, regurgitating the same artists year after year and watering themselves down with commercial sponsorship and pop star headliners.

Kanye West isn't the problem with this year's Glastonbury, in fact, he might well be the cure. If music festivals are to survive past the age of of our eldest Aunts/Uncles, we need to make sure that the bill is refreshed. In 20 years time, those fans that were there at the beginning won't be there, we will, the generation of bedroom producers, grime, EDM, PC music, K-pop, Taylor Swift, '90s R&B heavy DJ sets and 7am entry to Berghain. It's easy to understand the frustration of those who feel as though their beloved annual ritual of festival 'rock' music has been besmirched by Kanye 'I am a God' West, but they aren't the ones organisers need to please.

These days, what actually constitutes as a 'rock band' and when did Glastonbury sign away its rights to explore anything other than this? Take Coldplay, looking through the petition, their name crops up a lot, yet the last thing I paid attention to was a number one they had with Rihanna and for some reason, time and time again they come up as a reasonable suggestion to pull punters into buying tickets. If the origins of the world's most beloved festival are to stay true, surely the Eavis' have to evolve?

With the sheer amount of new music festivals cropping up every year, the big ones can no longer rely on their reputation. Reading and Leeds, for example, seemed to be on a steady incline during the early 2000s with tickets selling out in less than 2 hours for both sites in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2011 however, ticket sales dropped massively, this could have had something to do with the fact that My Chemical Romance, Pulp, The Strokes and Muse were all listed as headline acts, despite The Strokes being the only band to have actually had an album out within the year. Since then, well, it's not recovered and has reverted back to the age old failsafe of hiring a 'comeback' artist (this year it's The Libertines, who funnily enough weren't significant enough to headline in 2010 when they played before Arcade Fire) with hopes to appeal to the incredibly experienced nostalgic nature of all the 17 and 18-year-olds in attendance.

When we go back and look at Glastonbury's most memorable performances, what do we note? Yes, in every listicle, in every feature, in every VH1 countdown we hear about Nirvana, Blur, The Stones and Leonard Cohen, but without fail Jay Z and Beyoncé are there because the choice to put a hip-hop artist on the main stage in 2008 signified Glastonbury's defiance - its utter refusal to remain stagnant amongst the sea of other British music festivals. We shouldn't be condemning the festival for their choices, we should be praising them. Year after year, Glastonbury continues to outshine every other festival in the world. Granted it has a lot to do with its reputation, but now more than ever it's because we've finally realised that we need to evolve and music festivals need a new lease of life. Kanye's a dick at times, we know, but aren't they all? I have some pretty strong opinions on Bono but you can't keep everyone happy. There has to come a point when you prioritise those who will carry on the legacy over those stuck in the mud.