Speaking to BBC News back in 2008 – the year that saw Jay-Z headline the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury – Gallagher said that deviating from the festival’s tradition of booking guitar-based headliners was “wrong”.
“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” he said. “If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go ‘Kylie Minogue?’ I don’t know about it. But I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.”
Rumours of a Stormzy headlining set for 2019 have been circulating and now, after posting the “No, I’m not havin hip hop at Glastonbury. F***in no chance” quote on his Instagram stories, the bookies think Stormzy could be confirming the rumours.
See the Instagram story below.
The slashed odds have seen Stormzy slide into fourth place, with a 7/2 chance from the artists most likely to headline. The current odds have put Kendrick Lamar at the top with 6/4, while Elton John and Kylie Minogue are a close second and third.
Earlier this month, Stormzy launched a scholarship that will help fund two black British students to go to the University of Cambridge.
The Stormzy Scholarship will pay for tuition fees, as well as providing a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate degree.
Describing the new initiative, he said: “It’s so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre.”