Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has heaped praise on Stormzy following the grime artist’s headline set at Glastonbury Festival 2019.
Anticipation had been building all day around Stormzy’s performance, the first major headliner of this year’s event and mass crowds had flocked to the Pyramid Stage to get a glimpse.
Earlier in the day, Stormzy had taken to social media to say he was “overwhelmed with emotion” as he prepared to make history as a young black British artist: “I am the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury,” he wrote in a post on social media. “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,” he added.
Despite the heavy load of anticipation and mounting pressure, Stormzy delivered a rousing performance which touched the hearts of many. The emotion that he had talked about hours before taking the stage were there to see for all as he rolled through his hits like ‘Shut Up’ and ‘Big For Your Boots’ to rapturous applause. There was also time for a cover of Shanks and Bigfoot’s UK garage hit ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’, a move that lifted his performance the whole next level.
Reflecting on a momentous occasion, Corbyn took to social media to say: “Tonight Stormzy made history by being the first black solo British headliner at Glastonbury,” in a post on Twitter.
“The performance was political, iconic and the ballet was beautifully powerful. It won’t just go down in Glastonbury history – it’ll go down in our country’s cultural history.”
Fellow Labour Party politician David Lammy also took the time to prais Stormzy, detailing his brilliance for taking the occasion to speak out about “the injustice of young black kids being criminalised in a biased and disproportionate justice system.”