Stormzy made history on the weekend as the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury festival in its 49-year history. At 25 years old, he is also the second youngest solo act to headline at the festival, after David Bowie in 1971 when he was 24.
The show was praised by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, describing it as “political” and “iconic”, and what’s more political and iconic than wearing a bold, Banksy-designed stab-proof vest painted with a black and white union flag?
Stormzy made a bold political statement at his iconic Glastonbury set on the weekend, wearing a stab-proof vest designed by the ever-elusive activist Banksy.
Banksy revealed on Instagram that he was the one who designed the vest, posting a picture of Stormzy with the caption “I made a customised stab-proof vest and thought – who could possibly wear this? Stormzy at Glastonbury.”
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Although it would seem that this means Stormzy got to meet the ever-elusive graffiti artist, the Croydon-born star suggested he had no idea who created the vest, responding on Twitter by saying he was “absolutely fucking speechless.”
Absolutely fucking speechless pic.twitter.com/TmEGCKrewl
— CROWN OUT NOW 👑 (@stormzy) June 29, 2019
The grime star delivered an electrifying, political and at times emotional set on the venue’s legendary Pyramid Stage, describing it as the “greatest night of my entire life”. He addressed the knife crime epidemic that has plagued the British streets in recent years with both his lyrics and his attire.
His performance also featured a gospel choir who joined him on stage for his song Blinded By Your Grace, and thousands of fans joined him when he chanted “fuck the government and fuck Boris.”