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 Coldplay’s 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 artist’s 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.
‘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-Z’s 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 didn’t want Jay Z to headline Glastonbury… Stormzy is there SHELLING it down doing big bits for the culture.
‘Absolutely ecstatic for the young legend!’
‘I’m actually feeling so emotional watching Stormzy this is so huge for Grime and Black British culture,’ said another.
An ecstatic fan posted: ‘I’m soooo proud of Stormzy. What a brilliant gift to the world man!!’
‘Stormzy at glastonbury is the most sensational & beautiful thing i’ve 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.’
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 rapper’s set would air live and uncensored as he hits the stage tonight.
In a statement to Metro.co.uk, the BBC confirmed that the grime superstar’s set ‘will be broadcast live on BBC2 post-watershed with the appropriate language warnings, in accordance with the BBC’s 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 couldn’t hide his excitement about the upcoming performance when he took to Twitter on early Friday.
‘I am first black British artist to headline Glastonbury,’ he wrote.
‘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.’
The delighted rapper continued: ‘ 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.’
Skunk Anansie did headline the festival in 1999; Stormzy is the first solo black British artist.
Stormzy followed in the footsteps of his famous pals like Adele, 31, and Ed, 28, who headline Glastonbury in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
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