Following a series of rumours Stormzy has been confirmed as the first headliner of the 2019 Glastonbury festival.
Headlining the Pyramid stage on the Friday, this will be the London grime act’s biggest live show yet, in a career that has seen him quickly rise to prominence. He broke through in 2015 with Shut Up, then released the well-received debut album Gang Signs & Prayer last year. Closing out the Brits ceremony, he delivered a brutal takedown of Theresa May for how she handled the Grenfell disaster.
This is his third appearance at Glastonbury he played the Other Stage in 2017.
“Very happy to confirm Stormzy as our first headliner for next year,” said Emily Eavis in a post on the Glastonbury website.
“He’s one of the most exciting British artists to come along in years and after seeing him play here in 2017 we knew next time he had to come back and headline the Pyramid. See you there Friday night!”
This year he published his first book as part of an ongoing partnership with Penguin Random House to nurture and publish aspiring young writers.
In 2008 Jay Z faced criticism before his headline set and Kanye West‘s set in 2015 got a very mixed reaction but many seem to forget that Glastonbury was always a mixed genre festival. The other headliners have yet to be announced, Glastonbury’s 2019 festival takes place between the 26th-30th June. Around 200,000 tickets for the festival sold out in just 30 minutes in October.