Stormzy has today (November 15) been announced as the first headline act for Glastonbury Festival 2019. The festival will be taking place between the 26th and 30th of June 2019. A poster appeared in the window of an Oxfam shop in Streatham which announced the UK grime artist is the first headline act, set to perform the Pyramid stage at the festival, on Friday the 8th of June 2019.
The announcement came via a poster in the window of an Oxfam shop in Streatham – close to the star’s childhood home. Oxfam is an official partner of the festival. Last year marked a big breakthrough for UK grime when Boy Better Know headlined the Worthy Farm event’s Other Stage.
So far, this poster has been spotted in Glastonbury and Streatham Oxfam shops. Anyone found any others? pic.twitter.com/xW7Fv4AUaW
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Glastonbury 2019 organisers have officially announced Stormzy as the first headliner for Glastonbury 2019. In a press release on the Glastonbury website they said: “We’re delighted to announce that Stormzy is confirmed as the first headliner for Glastonbury 2019. The multi award-winning British MC will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 28th.”
Co-organiser of the Glastonbury festival, Emily Eavis said: “Very happy to confirm Stormzy as our first headliner for next year. He’s one of the most exciting British artists to come along in years and after seeing him play here in 2017 we knew next time he had to come back and headline the Pyramid. See you there Friday night!”
Stormzy will be the first grime MC to headline the famous music festival. The 25-year-old artist performed at Glastonbury in 2017, when he appeared on the Other Stage and this summer he headlined Wireless festival. He performed a thrilling set on Glastonbury’s Other Stage in 2017, which will undoubtedly have persuaded organisers Michael and Emily Eavis to book him for the main stage.
The star performed hits from his debut album, ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’, as well as showcasing a piece of the Grenfell charity single, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, which was No 1 in the UK charts, that weekend. Stormzy dedicated the set to his mother, declaring, “Hey, mumzy, look at your boy now,” as he looked over the massive crowd.
Last week Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the Glastonbury Festival, hinted at Stormzy being a headliner. Speaking at BBC Music Introducing Live she revealed that the Friday headliner “hasn’t had a stage like this before”.
Continuing Eavis said: “We have got one of the artists that I’m most excited about in Britain right now. This to me is going to be a moment. And he can become the enormous person that he is, do you know what I mean?”
The announcement follows the huge success of the, ‘Big For Your Boots’ rapper’s, debut album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’, which was released in 2017 to both critical and commercial success. It became the first grime album to reach No 1 in the UK charts, and was also one of the biggest-selling albums of the year.
‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ is Stormzy’s only album to date so the star won’t have a huge back catalogue of songs to refer to, but he has a second album in the works. Fans are now wondering whether this means Stormzy is preparing to release his new album before his Glastonbury performance next year.
This year Stormzy has performed at the Brit awards, launched a publishing imprint with Penguin, Merky Books, and founded a scholarship with Cambridge University for black students. He has also released his own autobiography, ‘Rise Up’, earlier this month.