Stormzy makes Black British history with sensational Glastonbury 2019 headlining performance

Stormzy headlines the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2019, Pilton, Somerset. 28 June 2019.
Stormzy headlines the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival 2019 (Picture: SWNS)

Stormzy has been praised for his sensational Glastonbury Festival on Friday night after becoming the first solo black British artist to headline.

The 25-year-old made history when he took Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, as the country tuned in to watch the live performance on BBC Two which saw a duet with Coldplays Chris Martin, Dave and Fredo.

His set was highly-praised by fans watching at home – and right there at the festival – with many celebrating the grime MC for performing without a backing track.

The south Londoner, aka Big Mike, stormed onto the stage wearing a bulletproof jacket plastered with a large union jack on the back and front.

As he opened his set with Where Do You Know Me From and Cold, the Brit Award winner told the crowd: This the greatest night of my entire life. Who has got energy today?



Commenting on the artists choice to opt for live instrumentals and backing singers, a Twitter user said: Using them KEYYY ends instrumentals that make you put on the stink face.

Another explained on the social media site: I do not think people understand what it takes for an artist to perform live without backing tracks.

GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Stormzy performs on the Pyramid stage during day three of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, founded by farmer Michael Eavis in 1970, is the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. Tickets for the festival sold out in just 36 minutes as it returns following a fallow year. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
Stromzy smashed it (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

This man is rapping every lyric with precision and energy in front of 250,000 people.

Another added: Stormzy is doing A whole #GLASTONBURY set with no backing track guys, do you even understand the levels?

Pointing out the backlash that surrounded Jay-Zs gig at the festival in 2008 – some fans felt a rapper should not headline the show – a user praise Stormzy for making history.

They wrote: To think there were people that didnt want Jay Z to headline Glastonbury… Stormzy is there SHELLING it down doing big bits for the culture.

Absolutely ecstatic for the young legend!

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Im actually feeling so emotional watching Stormzy this is so huge for Grime and Black British culture, said another.

An ecstatic fan posted: Im soooo proud of Stormzy. What a brilliant gift to the world man!!

Stormzy at glastonbury is the most sensational & beautiful thing ive ever watched in my life, said a fan.

As Chris joined Stormzy on stage to play the keys for an acoustic version of Blinded By Your Grace Part 1, Twitter descended into a meltdown.

Krept – of rap duo Krept and Konan – tweeted: Stormz got Chris Martin to do chords for blinded by your grace!! This is incredible scenes.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Isaac/REX (10323696cg) Stormzy (Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr) performing on the Pyramid Stage Glastonbury Festival, Day 3, UK - 28 Jun 2019
This set will be hard to forget (Picture: Rex Features)

In another tweet, he added: Nah guys are we deeping this shit!! Stormz and fucking coldplay doing a duet i cant believe this.



Before his performance began BBC confirmed that the rappers set would air live and uncensored as he hits the stage tonight.

In a statement to, the BBC confirmed that the grime superstars set will be broadcast live on BBC2 post-watershed with the appropriate language warnings, in accordance with the BBCs editorial guidelines.

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari Owuo Jr, performed his hit single Vossi Bop, which includes the line: F*** the government and f*** Boris.

The Shut Up hitmaker couldnt hide his excitement about the upcoming performance when he took to Twitter on early Friday.

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