Stormzy has hit back at critics who voiced their unhappiness when he was named a headliner for Glastonbury 2019.
Back in 2018, the grime star was the first confirmed Pyramid Stage headliner for the festival, an announcement that incited a mixed reaction among festival-goers on social media.
In an interview with Elle, Stormzy explained that the negative responses have spurned him on, motivating him with “mad underdog syndrome” and “confidence”.
“I feel like I have so much to prove, but at the end of the day, I’m Stormzy – and I’m meant to be here,” said Stormzy, “This is the biggest moment. The biggest stage, the biggest all-eyes-on-me kind of spotlight in my career, ever. But if you are waiting for the headliner to give you the Glastonbury headline-calibre performance, then have no fear, calm down, settle.
“You see how Coldplay or Beyonce or Radiohead treat Glastonbury? It’s just another show; a day in the office – only it’s the biggest fucking day in the office, ever.”
Stormzy went onto explain that he understands people’s anger: “I get it. Only one album, where’s all the number ones? But I think the argument doesn’t even deserve the fuel. When 28 June comes, either everyone will be proved right or wrong, but I am the headliner and I will come and give you a headline performance. I am looking forward to doing exactly what I know I am capable of doing.
Stormzy will be joined by Kylie Minogue on the Sunday afternoon legends slot, and Janelle Monae who is confirmed as the West Holds Stage headliner.