Stormzy’s secret London set – fans talk the grime MC’s rise and triumphant debut album

Like Adele, Wiley, and most of the UK by the looks of it, South London grime MC Stormzy is celebrating the release of his debut album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ today (February 24). To mark the occasion he’s putting on a series of pop-up gigs across the capital.

NME went down to the first one in a park in north London, where we spoke to the gathering of fans – including rocker Frank Carter – and then watched him played two massive songs. As he took the stage said, “Fucking hell, I can’t lie man… shit!” Gesturing to the size of the gathering and narrowing his fingers, he said: “I was expecting this amount of people – but this is like, mad. Crazy, crazy, crazy.”

First he played lead single ‘Big For Your Boots’ – “because it’s the funnest one,” he said – and later led a singalong of ‘Shut Up’. Afterwards, he posed for selfies and had a chat with fans before setting off for his next pop-up show – in Babmaes Street in central London. Next up: Boxpark Croydon at 7pm.