Kanye 'needs a white dressing room'

Last updated 05:00 09/07/2014
Kanye West
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WHITE WASH: Kanye West reportedly refuses to set a foot into a backstage room that isn't entirely white.

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Kanye West reportedly refuses to step foot in any dressing rooms that aren't white.

The 37-year-old rapper performed at London's Wireless Festival over the weekend. He replaced Drake, who pulled out of the festival at the last minute due to illness.

Apparently event organisers were dismayed when they learned the Flashing Lights hitmaker's decoration expectations weren't met.

"Kanye will only ever have a white dressing room, and this is usually included in his rider," an insider told the British newspaper The Daily Mirror. "But for some reason, there was black linen in his dressing room on the Finsbury Park site.

"This could not be allowed to happen."

The white ambiance is purportedly a standard part of the star's rider.

Organisers of the Wireless Festival were instructed to remove the black décor and replace it with "the white stuff" or the performer "wouldn't step foot in there".

"Over the next few hours, festival staff were dispersed all over town to buy new crisp, white linen to replace it all," the insider continued.

"There was pure panic for a while, but luckily, some were sourced just in time."

The Trophies performer is said to have interrupted his closing set at the festival with a freestyle rant of more than 20-minutes on discrimination in the fashion industry. Concert goers responded by booing the We Made It singer. Audience members proceeded to leave the concert in large numbers, The Daily Mail reports.

In 2013, West is claimed to have had a similar rider request at an appearance on the BBC's Later with Jools Holland Show. He asked for "white flowers, white curtains, white everything", Heatworld reported.

The star also reportedly ordered that his dressing room carpet be ironed before he recorded his spot.

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