This post was first published by My London on 30/06/2019.
Stormzy pays tribute to Thornton Heath, Croydon and South Norwood in Glastonbury set
Stormzy made history on Friday night (June 28) as he became the first black British solo artist to headline at Glastonbury.
The Croydon grime artist played a speech by Labour MP David Lammy before diving into Gang Signs and Prayers opener First Things First. The speech stated: “The system isn’t working. If recidivism rates are 46% for black men then something isn’t working.”
Chris Martin, Dave and Fredo joined him on stage in the star studded set.
The powerful performance wowed crowds – but none more so than South Londoners.
Stormzy paid tribute to his hometown in the poignant performance on The Pyramid Stage, as the words Croydon, Thornton Heath and South Norwood appeared up in lights.
The words were part of the backdrop as the 25-year-old rapper, who was wearing a custom made stab vest by Banksy, took to the stage.
Croydon North MP Steve Reed praised the star, saying it was ‘amazing’ to see his hometown celebrated.
Stormzy took to Instagram following his poignant performance, saying he feels ‘proud’.
He said: “To the whole of my #MERKY team – my family who hold me down and have my back till the end. THANK YOU GUYS, THANK YOU GOD. I am proud of myself and I feel blessed and fulfilled and purposeful.
“Your Glastonbury 2019 headliner, over and out.”