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Stormzy headlines Glastonbury in a Union Jack  stab-proof vest

Stormzy put on a very powerful performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage in a Union Jack stab-proof vest on Friday night. 

The musician, 25, who has made history as the first British rapper to headline the festival, started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks.  

During his explosive performance, the grime artist featured a small clip of Jay Z offering him advice prior to his show and led the thousands of spectators through a call-and-response chorus.

Bulletproof: The grime artist, 25, made history as the first British rapper to headline Glastonbury

Bulletproof: The grime artist, 25, made history as the first British rapper to headline Glastonbury

The rapper, who kept his stab-proof vest on for his first five songs, also displayed a series of crime statistics in his third song First Things First. 

Stormzy – whose real name is Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. – then brought on two ballet dancers for his song Don’t Cry For Me to highlight the racism that was found across all walks of life.

During their performance a screen behind the ballet dancers read: ‘Ballet shoes have not traditionally been made to match black skin tones. Until now.

‘Previously ballet dancers ‘pancaked’ their shoes with makeup. Now there are ballet shoes to match all skin tones. A huge leap forward for inclusion in the ballet world.’

Explosive: The musician started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks

Explosive: The musician started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks

Headline act:  Stormzy led the thousands of spectators through a call-and-response chorus

Headline act:  Stormzy led the thousands of spectators through a call-and-response chorus

Powerful: The rapper kept the bulletproof jacket on for his first five songs

Powerful: Stormzy showed the audience  a series of crime statistics

Show-stopper: The rapper kept his bullet proof vest on for his first five songs and also displayed a series of crime statistics in his third song First Things First

The rapper, who was also joined by a gospel choir and Coldplay’s Chris Martin, is the first black British artist to headline at Glastonbury and the second youngest artist to headline in festival’s 49-year history.  

Hours before his performance the rapper wrote 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. 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 Emily & Mike Eavis for believing in me I can’t wait to see you and hug you both thank you so much.’

Sensational: Stormzy- whose real name is Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.- had the crowds captivated

Sensational: Stormzy- whose real name is Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.- had the crowds captivated

Rapper: The grime artist looked at how racism was prevalent across all walks of life during his performance

Rapper: The grime artist looked at how racism was prevalent across all walks of life during his performance

Fireworks: Hours before Stormzy took to Twitter to share his emotions about being the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury

Fireworks: Hours before Stormzy took to Twitter to share his emotions about being the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury

Stormzy’s performance comes after his girlfriend Maya Jama was spotted basking in the sunshine at the festival’s Worthy Farm ahead of her beau taking to Pyramid Stage.

The TV and radio presenter, 24, ensured she was the epitome of glamour at the music event by slipping into a plunging mini dress that was printed with an intricate floral and bird design.

Adding a touch of bling the the ensemble, the beauty sported a diamante choker by designer label GCDS and caught the eye in large pink sunglasses.

Festival chic: Maya Jama made the most of Glastonbury Festival 2019 ahead of her beau Stormzy taking to the stage on Friday night as she basked in the sunshine at Worthy Farm in Shepton Mallet

Festival chic: Maya Jama made the most of Glastonbury Festival 2019 ahead of her beau Stormzy taking to the stage on Friday night as she basked in the sunshine at Worthy Farm in Shepton Mallet

Maya looked ready to party the weekend away as she danced around with her arms in the air and ensured her feet were comfortable by sporting white trainers. 

The stunner left her raven locks down in a wavy style that cascaded down her shoulders and emphasised her full pout with a slick of nude lipstick.

Maya spared no expense in getting to the festival, as she shared on her Instagram account that she hopped in an Uber to get there.

The star posted a screenshot of her journey, that began in Surrey and ended in Bristol – which is an hour away from the farm where Glastonbury takes place.  

Sexy: The TV and radio presenter, 24, ensured she was the epitome of glamour at the music event by slipping into a plunging mini dress that was printed with an intricate floral and bird design

Sexy: The TV and radio presenter, 24, ensured she was the epitome of glamour at the music event by slipping into a plunging mini dress that was printed with an intricate floral and bird design

Festival fashion: Adding a touch of bling the the ensemble, the beauty sported a diamante choker by designer label GCDS and caught the eye in pink sunglasses

Festival fashion: Adding a touch of bling the the ensemble, the beauty sported a diamante choker by designer label GCDS and caught the eye in pink sunglasses

Fun time: Maya looked ready to party the weekend away as she danced around with her arms in the air and ensured her feet were comfortable by sporting white trainers

Fun time: Maya looked ready to party the weekend away as she danced around with her arms in the air and ensured her feet were comfortable by sporting white trainers

A rough estimation of the cost of the taxi for journey that takes around two hours and 15 minutes, ranges at £134 179 – if the beauty opted for a basic car. 

If she had splashed the cash and selected a Lux vehicle, she could have forked out a whopping £395 to £526.

The rising star has been dating rapper and grime star Stormzy for nearly four years.

The couple went public with their romance in 2016 after keeping things private for the first part of their relationship.

Costly: Maya spared no expense in getting to the festival, as she shared on her Instagram account that she hopped in an Uber to get there

Costly: Maya spared no expense in getting to the festival, as she shared on her Instagram account that she hopped in an Uber to get there

Flashy:  A rough estimation of the cost of the taxi for journey that takes around two hours and 15 minutes, ranges at £134-179 - if the beauty opted for a basic car

Flashy:  A rough estimation of the cost of the taxi for journey that takes around two hours and 15 minutes, ranges at £134-179 – if the beauty opted for a basic car

Maya recently had a message for her Instagram followers, telling them in a candid post on her Stories that she had been struggling with her mental health.

‘Finally accepting that I’ve been struggling with my mental health for a while now, for ages I shrugged off feelings and would try to make excuses for why I felt low because I couldn’t explain what I was feeling or why,’ she wrote.

‘I feel like this is the first step of me moving forward though, Accepting myself even when I’m not the bubbly positive girl and taking any of these days as they come.’

She added: ‘I’ve been wanting to cancel plans n shut off but I’m not going to today because something I have learnt is that as bad as it feels now it doesn’t last.

‘I’m always going on about how healthy transparency is online but always delete these kind of messages before posting because of the vulnerability that comes with it. But f**k it were all human.’

Supportive: The rising star has been dating rapper and grime star Stormzy - real name Michael Omari Owuo, Jr - for nearly four years (pictured in June 2017)

Supportive: The rising star has been dating rapper and grime star Stormzy – real name Michael Omari Owuo, Jr – for nearly four years (pictured in June 2017) 


Daily Mail UK

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