Written by Reuters
29 Jun, 2019 | 4:55 pm
REUTERS: Stormzy made history as the first British rapper to headline Glastonbury on Friday (June 28), bringing his experience of black urban life to the world’s biggest greenfield music festival in a performance that had the capacity crowd jumping.
The 25-year-old Londoner, whose debut album was released only two years ago, told the audience: “This is the greatest night of my entire life.” He was joined mid-performance by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin to duet on “Blinded By Your Grace Pt 1”, and later by fellow English rappers Dave and Fredo, who performed their hit “Funky Friday” with the headliner.
Next came Stormzy’s own number one record, “Vossi Bop”, the name of a viral dance move. Drenched in sweat, Stormzy finished by “taking it to church” with “Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2”, complete with a gospel choir, and finally “Big For Your Boots”, the lead single from his debut album “Gang Signs & Prayer”.
George Ezra, the deep-voiced English singer-songwriter, had earlier brought along his own rug and stool to make the famous Pyramid Stage feel like home. The 26-year-old’s set included “Budapest”, “Paradise”, and his ubiquitous 2018 hit “Shotgun”.
American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow sang her hit “If It Makes You Happy” to enthusiastic crowds in the sun, with British singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka taking to the Pyramid Stage later on with “Love & Hate”. More than 130,000 ticket holders were on site on Friday morning, organizers said. The festival runs until Monday.
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