It’s official – Stormzy will be the first headliner at next year’s Glastonbury festival.
“Very happy to confirm Stormzy as our first headliner for next year,” she said. “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.”
Stormzy will close the stage on the Friday night of the Somerset festival, which takes place from 26 to 30 June 2019.
He has also posted pictures confirming the news on his Instagram account, saying: “THE HEADLINE ACT – GLASTONBURY 2019.”
It will be his third Glastonbury appearance, following performances in the Sonic tent in 2016 and on the Other Stage in 2017.
Social media had been rife with rumours earlier in the day after the posters were spotted at Oxfam stores in Glastonbury and Streatham, southwest London, close to where Stormzy grew up.
Sky News spoke to a member of staff at the charity’s store in Glastonbury, who confirmed the poster was up and would be staying up, but would not say where it had come from.
As always with Glastonbury announcements, the news was met with delight from some…
Shout out to Stormzy though! He will become the first Grime artist to headline Glastonbury
— MusicUpdates (@looneyblogger) November 15, 2018
Stormzy is a great choice for a Glastonbury headliner. He’s had a meteoric rise — I saw him play the Other Stage mid-afternoon at 2017 Glasto — and he’s super-credible, future-facing and a good bloke to boot. Can’t wait!
— Carl Loben (@CarlLoben) November 15, 2018
Totally see the reasoning for booking Stormzy as a Glastonbury headliner. Give a young and accomplished British talent a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage in the world and take that step up. If you don’t like it…go and see something else.
— Daniel Winkler (@winklefudge) November 15, 2018
stormzy confirmed as first glastonbury headliner – and first ever grime artist to top its billing.
proof that @glastofest remains the most relevant, important, and progressive festival of culture in the uk. pic.twitter.com/eFawnYKfr3
— james hitchings-hales (@ballsnotborders) November 15, 2018
And dismay from others…
hahahahaha imagine going glastonbury and stormzy is your headliner
— KARSTEN (@boc_maxima) November 15, 2018
Stormzy headlining Glastonbury is the biggest joke of the year
— Ross Miller (@R0ssMill3r) November 15, 2018
Stormzy is class but how is he headlining Glastonbury?
— Connor Thorpe (@ConnorTSWFC) November 15, 2018
Glastonbury tickets sold out in just 36 minutes when they went on sale last month.
After unprecedented demand, festival organisers said they had been “truly humbled by the enormous number of people from around the world who hoped to come to next year’s festival, with demand significantly outstripping supply”.
Earlier this year, Stormzy announced he would be funding a scholarship scheme for two black students to study at Cambridge University.
Announcing the scheme, the rapper said: “If you’re academically brilliant, don’t think because you come from a certain community that studying at one of the highest education institutions in the world isn’t possible.
“I was always reminded by my teachers that I was destined, if I wanted, to go down that road and study at one of the top universities.”