Last weekend, reports suggested that the chart-topping grime star would be closing the show on the Pyramid Stage on the first night of next year’s festival.
Speculation began after a post from eFestivals’ admin, which stated that “a music biz newsheet” listed the rapper as the headliner for the Friday.
This was later confirmed to be the case, with festival-themed posters going up in the windows of Oxfam shops near Worthy Farm.
Another of the posters has also popped up in an Oxfam shop in London, which was then promptly shared on Twitter:
Oxfam has been partnered with Glastonbury for 24 years, with ticket sales going towards the charity.
Since then, a tweet from the festival’s official social media account confirmed that the posters were accurate, and they were “delighted” to close the show on the Friday night:
Glastonbury co-organiser Emily Eavis fuelled the initial rumours over the weekend, saying the first of this year’s headliner was “one of the most exciting acts in British music” and that the opportunity would give “him” the chance to become the “massive name they can be”.
The news that Stormzy will be headlining come after the grime star shared an image of a quote from Noel Gallagher in August, which declared that hip-hop didn’t have a place at the historic festival.
He is known to have been politically vocal in both is music, and in his live performances.
When performing at the festival in 2017, he called for the government to be “held accountable” after Grenfell Tower fire; and he famously asked Theresa May “where’s the money for Grenfell?” in a surprise lyric in his Brit Awards performance this year.
This year, Stormzy launched a scholarship program in conjunction with Cambridge University to fund two black British undergraduates’ studies.