James Blunt’s Twitter account is beautiful

19 Jun 2015

Singer-songwriter James Blunt. Photo via Shutterstock

Foo Fighters was forced to pull out of its headlining slot at next week’s Glastonbury Festival on Wednesday after frontman Dave Grohl, in what is becoming an increasingly common occurrence among rock heavyweights, took a tumble off stage during a recent gig, breaking his leg in the process.

With little over a week to bring in a replacement act, speculation was rife as to who would fill in for the Seattle band for the all-important Friday night slot on the famous Pyramid Stage. Florence + The Machine, already booked for a lesser appearance at the event, were quickly given a promotion, but not before one sultry, acoustic guitar-playing singer-songwriter with 20m album sales to his name tried to claim the slot for himself on Twitter.

It was James Blunt, that wistful singer-songwriter who exploded into popular consciousness over a decade ago with his syrupy single You’re Beautiful and, in the process, earned himself a lifetime of being the butt of everyone’s joke. Yes, the Englishman has made some terrible music over the years, that’s for sure, but he’s gone about it with great wit and humour. Claiming on Twitter that he would be headlining Glastonbury this year was just the latest in a long line of amusing posts from Blunt, which veer from wryly self-loathing to biting attacks on his haters.

Well done James, your tweets are beautiful. Here’s some of the best.

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Dean Van Nguyen was a contributor to Silicon Republic