In an emotional pair of tweets ahead of his headline slot at Glastonbury tonight (June 28), the artist said he was “overwhelmed with emotions” about being the first black British artist to top the bill at the Pyramid Stage.
Stormzy wrote: “I am the 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. 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 ❤️
— #MERKY (@stormzy) June 28, 2019
In a follow-up tweet, Stormzy continued: “I feel my entire life has lead to this moment. Can’t explain or fathom what all this is but I am 100% sure this is God and his favour. Giving him all the glory.”
He went on to thank Glastonbury organisers Emily and Michael Eavis, saying: “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.”
Ahead of his performance, Stormzy had hit back at doubters over his ability to headline the festival. He told BBC Radio 1 Xtra: “There were so many doubters being like, ‘Oh, he hasn’t had a No 1 song’, or, ‘Oh, he’s got one album out, he’s not ready.’ I’m there because I’m a serious musician.”
In the run-up to his appearance Stormzy released two new songs, ‘Vossi Bop’ and ‘Crown’.
The tracks are the first taste of new music from Stormzy since the release of his 2017 album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, which reached Number 1 in the UK.