There was a huge reaction to Stormzy's incredible Glastonbury headline set 3 years ago

There was a huge reaction to Stormzy's incredible Glastonbury headline set

A king is crowned.

Festival season is very much in full swing, with a host of Irish extravaganzas already underway and several more high profile offerings to come over the next few months.


One such event is Longitude, which takes place next weekend.

There was a recent major change regarding the three-day Marlay Park bash, with originally announced Saturday headliner Chance the Rapper swapped out in favour of the returning Stormzy.

Which, being completely honest here, is aΒ massive upgrade.

Proof of said upgrade, were it needed, arrived in serious style on Friday night as Stormzy ascended to the next level with a phenomenal turn on Glastonbury's revered Pyramid Stage.


The sense of occasion wasn't lost on the man himself during the build-up, as he detailed a significant cultural moment hours before his appointment:

A lot to live up to, and a lot of pressure on the shoulders, but you really wouldn't have known that from a performance that instantly felt like an all-timer.

Emerging onstage clad in a bulletproof vest emblazoned with a Punisher-esque spray-painting of the Union Jack, it was immediately clear that Stormzy was going to make a statement.

Across a near-perfectly-judged set - we didn't really need the Ed Sheeran shout-out, nor the Chris Martin cameo, nice as that was - the 25-year-old lived up to the hype and put ignorant critics in their place while uniting thousands in vivid, honest, thoughtful harmony.


Stormzy Glastonbury

Commanding from the off, Stormzy weaved together his own work along with some clever repurposing - his choir-assisted take on Kanye West's 'Ultralight Beam' was inspired - amidst a dynamic production that both placed him in a solo spotlight and regularly opened up to reveal and welcome a host of musicians and performers.

Despite this very much being his moment, Stormzy also took the time to be generous with his platform, paying respect to those who paved the way for him and listing off a chorus of future stars that will follow.

All that and some incisive social commentary via the medium of ballet.


It really was an incendiary moment in modern music, one that you should seek out if you missed it.

Oh, and Boris Johnson got the very specific recognition that he deserves, too.

As you might anticipate, social media was alive with love, and rightly so.

The crown may prove heavy, but all hail the king.