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Saturday 21 April 2018

Stormzy marks album release with surprise performance in park

Grime MC Stormzy performs at a free gig in Castlehaven Park, London, on the day he released his debut album
Grime MC Stormzy performs at a free gig in Castlehaven Park, London, on the day he released his debut album

Grime MC Stormzy thrilled fans with a surprise performance on the same day he released his debut album.

The star performed two songs, Big For Your Boots and Shut Up, to rapturous applause in a North London park.

Stormzy announced the impromptu show on his Twitter account, posting: "Castlehaven Park - Camden - 1PM".

Before the intimate gig, the South London-born artist revealed he would put on more surprise shows.

He told the crowd it would be a limited set, saying: "I'm not allowed to perform more because we are going to be going to different spots, we are going to be popping up all over the place."

After the concert he took selfies with fans and chatted to them.

The grime star released Gang Signs And Prayer at midnight on Thursday.

The album features a surprise collaboration with Lily Allen, just days after he sung with Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards on Wednesday.

The 16-track album went straight to the top of the iTunes best-selling albums chart, with big-name stars praising the work.

Adele wrote "good luck darling" on Twitter, while Mercury Prize-winning grime artist Skepta said "king" Stormzy had "blessed the planet".

Two University College London students who raced to the concert said it was "amazing".

Ben Levett, 21, said: "I was in the library and me and my friend were just about to start an internship application and he got a text from one of his friends saying Stormzy is playing opposite your flat.

"We dropped all our stuff and we ran as fast as we could."

Flora Zamula, who left a lecture to be at the concert, said she was pleased he sang a song from the new album.

Following its release, Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Omari, posted a lengthy thank-you note on Twitter.

He said the past 10 months have been a "whirlwind" adding: "the highs, the lows, the late nights, the early mornings, the moments of musical genius, the writer's block, the Walkers crisps, the ten thousand bottles of water, the green teas, the Deliveroos and the fag breaks.

"It's been a back to back non-stop journey," he added, before thanking his management team and family.

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