Stormzy’s Glastonbury performance ‘will be iconic’ but he won’t be dancing

When he strides onstage on Friday night, Stormzy will make history as the first British rapper to headline Glastonbury Festival.

His ascension to the top of the bill has been rapid – he’s only released one album – but the sense of anticipation is immense.

“I think it’s going to be amazing,” says fellow grime star Ghetts. “I think it’s going to be a shut-down.

“It’s probably the most energy that Glastonbury has ever seen. I know that sounds like a big statement but, trust me, it’s going to be crazy.”

“It’s like a moment in history,” agrees Stefflon Don, who plays the John Peel tent on Sunday.

“Stormzy always brings it with his live shows and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the Pyramid stage.

“I think and hope it will go down as one of the most memorable, iconic Glasto performances.”

Stormzy, real name is Michael Omari, comes to Glastonbury off the back of his first number one hit, Vossi Bop, and a new, gospel-influenced single, Crown.

The track is a heartfelt reflection on his achievements, and the pressures of being seen as “the voice of the young black youth”.

It’s a label he’s embraced with typical thoughtfulness, launching a book imprint for new young writers, and establishing a scholarship at Cambridge University.

“I think Stormzy has done a fantastic job of finding the balance between representing his own truth, as well as the reality of black Britain and working-class Britain,” says Julie Adenuga, from Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio.

“It’s an extremely hard weight to carry because we’re not all the same and on countless occasions, he is often used as the poster boy for an entire community.

“To be able to stay true to his own goals and dreams but still fly the flag for his generation is commendable. It can’t be easy.”