Wednesday 18 September 2019

Stormzy ‘overwhelmed with emotions’ before Glastonbury gig

The Croydon-born artist will take to the festival’s main stage on Friday evening.

Stormzy is headlining Glastonbury (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Stormzy is headlining Glastonbury (Isabel Infantes/PA)

By Sherna Noah, Adam Hale and Claire Hayhurst, PA

Stormzy has said he is “overwhelmed with emotions” as he prepares to become the first black, British solo artist to headline Glastonbury.

The Croydon-born artist will take to the festival’s main, Pyramid Stage on Friday evening.

And he told his fans on Twitter: “I am (the) first, black British artist to headline Glastonbury.

“At 25-years-old, I am the second-youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury, the youngest being a 24-year-old David Bowie in 1971.

“I’m overwhelmed with emotions. This is the most surreal feeling I’ve ever experienced.

“I feel my entire life has lead to this moment.”

He added: “Can’t explain or fathom what this all is but I am 100% sure this is all God and his favour. Giving him all the glory.

“Thank you to (Glastonbury organisers) Emily and Mike Eavis for believing in me I can’t wait to see you and hug you both.”

Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, will become the first British rapper to headline the festival.

Other acts to feature on the main stage on Friday are George Ezra, Lauryn Hill, Bastille and Sheryl Crow, Tom Odell and Abba tribute act Bjorn Again.

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The sun sets over Glastonbury Festival (Yui Mok/PA)

Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis told BBC Radio 2: “I’m so excited about Stormzy tonight.”

She described the atmosphere at the festival this year as “really good”.

“I don’t know whether it’s because we had a year off that I’m feeling it incredibly strongly,” she told Zoe Ball.

“It’s so lovely. People are happy in good spirits and nice to each other and there’s a really good atmosphere. There’s nothing like it.”

Festival-goers are expected to enjoy dry and sunny weather, according to the Met Office, with temperatures predicted to reach 29C (84.2F) at around 4pm.

Climate change and the environment is at the centre of this year’s festival, with several talks and debates planned across the site.

The festival has banned single-use plastic bottles and urged those attending to bring their own re-usable bottle that can be re-filled for free.

Campers have been urged to bring sturdy tents and take them home, with the festival seeing an 81% reduction in abandoned tents in 2017 from previous years.

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(PA Graphics)

All cups, plates and cutlery at the festival are biodegradable and waste is hand-sorted to ensure as much as possible is processed by the on-site recycling centre.

There were 37 recorded crimes at Glastonbury Festival from Thursday morning to Friday morning, police said.

This is 51% fewer than at the same stage of 2017, when there were 76 recorded crimes.

The majority of these crimes were thefts, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Officers have made 12 arrests so far, one on behalf of British Transport Police.

“Nine were on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, one was on suspicion of theft and one was on suspicion of criminal damage and assault,” a police spokesman said.

These figures are believed to be up to 75% lower than in 2017.

Paramedic teams from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust have treated 70 patients over the past two days at Glastonbury Festival.

A spokeswoman for the trust said these were “mostly a mixture of medical and heat-related cases”.

“We are busier when it is hotter weather, but this is about normal for the first two days,” she said.

She urged festival-goers to stay hydrated and to cover up, put on sunscreen, wash their hands and be hygiene aware.

The Killers and The Cure will headline the event on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Standard tickets for this year’s event sold out in just 36 minutes.

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