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Glastonbury day three, as it happened: Friday with Stormzy, Rosalia, Lewis Capaldi and George Ezra

Grime star became the first British rapper to headline the music festival in a set that featured appearances from Chris Martin, Dave and Fredo

Roisin O'Connor,Amy Blumsom
Saturday 29 June 2019 07:29
Stormzy performs Know Me From at Glastonbury

Stormzy made history with an explosive headline set on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2019.

The grime star became the first British rapper to headline the world-famous music festival on Friday 28 June, with a performance that included guest appearances from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, and fellow MCs Dave and Fredo.

As expected following an announcement by the BBC, Stormzy’s set was uncensored and included a stand-out line from his single “Vossi Bop”: “F*** the government and f*** Boris.”

Elsewhere, he sampled a speech by Labour MP David Lammy, who responded with a tweet: "Stormzy using his headline spot at #glastonburyfestival2019 to speak out about the injustice of young black kids being criminalised in a biased and disproportionate justice system. Humbled and inspired that he sampled my speech. Salute #Merky."

Stormzy also featured a gospel choir for his song “Blinded By Your Grace”, dance troupes, and a special shout out his fellow artists, from established grime pioneers such as Wiley and Skepta to future stars including AJ Tracey, Ms Banks, Yxng Bane and Stefflon Don.

“This is the greatest night of my entire life. Who’s got energy today?” he asked the thousands of people watching his show.

For his grand finale he closed on “Big For Your Boots”, the track from his Brit Award-winning, record-breaking debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

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roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:02

First off let me introduce you to our fantastic team covering Glastonbury this year. Fortunately our head of culture Patrick Smith, who is also watching from home this year (we both managed to break our legs/ankles in separate incidents), has done a tweet already. Make sure you follow everyone on Twitter.

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:20

Alexandra Pollard has just sent us this photo of Glastonbury's recycling efforts, which organisers have gone to some lengths to improve this year. 

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:26

Everyone is buzzing about Stormzy's history making Glastonbury set tonight (he's the first British rapper to headline the festival) - ahead of that you should definitely read Beats 1 presenter Julie Adenuga's fantastic and very moving piece about why it means so much to so many people

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:36

“The billed music might only officially begin today, but Glastonbury-goers in the know were treated to a secret set from Tom Walker at the Rabbit Hole last night,” reports Alexandra Pollard.

“The historically exclusive, elusive venue has become more accessible this year, which meant hundreds of people showed up to listen to the whimsical indie-folk of the Scottish singer-songwriter (not to be confused with a certain newly-dumped Love Islander, who is also named Tom Walker). As flares went off in the recently re-built Arcadia nearby, Walker played an intimate set comprising songs from his number one album What a Time To Be Alive. What a time indeed.

“Elsewhere, thousands gathered in the glorious sunshine to watch England reign supreme in the Women’s World Cup.”

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:41
roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:52

This just in from the BBC's Zoe Ball, who is broadcasting her Breakfast Show live from Worthy Farm this morning:

“What a thrill to bring our Breakfast Show on Radio 2 from the magical fields of Worthy Farm! I hope we brought some of the Glastonbury wonder through the airwaves to everyone listening. I can’t wait for the rest of the weekend."

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 10:58

Make sure you check out The Independent's guide to acts you definitely shouldn't miss at Glastonbury this year

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 11:05

A moving tweet from Glastonbury headliner Stormzy

roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 11:11

Fans share their thoughts on this year's lineup 


roisin.oconnor28 June 2019 11:19

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