"This is one, if not the biggest gig I've done in my short career," the artist stated, while playing the Other Stage on Saturday night. "And I wanted to use this opportunity very carefully, because in light of recent events at Grenfell Tower, we are urging the authorities to tell the f*cking truth, first and foremost. We're urging the authorities to f*cking do something first and foremost."
"We're urging the f*cking government to be held accountable for the f*ckery, and we ain't gonna stop until we get what we deserve," he added, before unzipping his jacket to reveal a Grenfell t-shirt (available to purchase here, with funds going directly to victims). After his speech, the crowd began chanting, "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn", which Stormzy briefly joined in.
The grime artist was amongst dozens of high-profile artists who came together in support of the Grenfell Tower fire victims, releasing a cover of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' to help raise funds. Appearing alongside the likes of Robbie Williams, Craig David, James Blunt, Roger Daltrey, Leona Lewis, Emili Sande, Paloma Faith and Bastille, the single achieved the biggest first-day sales of the decade.
Stormzy performed his verse from the charity single at Glastonbury, which includes the lines: "I don't know where to begin so I'll start by saying I refuse to forget you/ I refuse to be silenced/ I refuse to neglect you/ That’s for every last soul up in Grenfell even though I’ve never even met you/ That could have been my mum's house, or that could have been my nephew/ Now that could have been me up there/ Waving my white plain T up there/ All my friends on the ground trying a see up there/ I just hope that you rest and you’re free up there."
You can buy the charity single here.
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