Stormzy has been praised for his ‘sensational’ Glastonbury set after headlining on the festival’s Pyramid Stage.
The renowned music event is running from June 26 – June 30 this year and as always it’s attracted thousands of festival-goers with its impressive lineup.
Performers include George Ezra, Janet Jackson, The Killers, Miley Cyrus, Liam Gallagher and Kylie, just to name a few, and although Glastonbury acts tend to give it their all this year Stormzy made history with his set.
The 25-year-old took to the main stage on Friday (June 28) and in doing so he became the first solo black British artist to headline the festival.
As well as the thousands of people who watched the performance at Worthy Farm, where Glastonbury is held, people across the country also tuned in to witness the event on BBC Two.
He opened his set with songs Where Do You Know Me From and Cold, before performing an acoustic version of Blinded By Your Grace Part 1 with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, as well as Dave and Fredo.
— Glastonbury Festival (@GlastoFest) June 28, 2019
The singer told the crowd:
This the greatest night of my entire life. Who has got energy today?
Stormzy spoke about artists who had ‘paved the way’ for him and named numerous grime artists he is now supporting. Two ballet dancers joined the singer on stage in a moving performance of Don’t Cry For Me, and thousands of delighted fans joined in chanting ‘fuck the government’ and ‘fuck Boris’ as he sang the hit single Vossi Bop.
Dozens of people took to social media to praise Stormzy for his set which he performed without a backing track, instead opting for live instrumentals and backing singers.
If you love music and culture and aren’t buzzing about Stormzy headlining Glastonbury tonight, I dunno what you’re in it for. Amazing moment in British music history.
— Lewis (@lewisrids3) June 28, 2019
No idea how it came across on telly but, live, Stormzy’s headline set was an EXTRAORDINARY piece of stagecraft. Like a one-man Olympic opening ceremony. People around the crowd were literally in tears. First black British solo headline act and he totally aced it. JL
— Glastonbury Live (@GlastoLive) June 28, 2019
The 25-year-old took to Twitter to express his gratitude at having the opportunity to perform, writing:
I an [sic] first black British artist to headline Glastonbury.
At 25 years old I am the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury, the youngest being a 24 year old David Bowie in 1971.
I’m overwhelmed with emotions, this is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced.
I feel my entire life has lead to this moment. Can’t explain or fathom what this all is but I am 100% sure this is all God and his favour. Giving him all the glory.
I feel my entire life has lead to this moment. Can’t explain or fathom what this all is but I am 100% sure this is all God and his favour. Giving him all the glory. Thank you to Emily & Mike Eavis for believing in me I can’t wait to see you and hug you both thank you so much ❤️
— CROWN OUT NOW 👑 (@stormzy) June 28, 2019
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