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Banksy designs stab-proof vest for Stormzy’s Glastonbury set

Banksy designs stab-proof vest for Stormzy’s Glastonbury set
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Banksy designs stab-proof vest for Stormzy’s Glastonbury set!


“Iconic.”

“It’ll go down in our country’s cultural history.”

“An inspiration.”

 

Banksy designs stab-proof vest for Stormzy’s Glastonbury set!

Musicians, politicians and fans from all over have hailed the rapper Stormzy after he became the first black solo British headliner at Glastonbury festival, opening to a spectacular pyrotechnic display on the Pyramid stage.

Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Omari, has experienced a phenomenal rise to fame since the release of his song ‘Shut Up’ in 2015 and his highly praised album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ in 2017.

Stormzy’s powerful and career defining headline set at Glastonbury Festival has got people talking.

The 25-year-old performed a tight set, tackling knife crime, racism within the arts, racial profiling, and politics – all things we’ve seen Stormzy deftly broach before.

But that’s not to say the set was without surprises – including a mid-performance tribute to Ed Sheeran, as Stormzy (real name Michael Omari Owuo Jr) sang and danced to Sheeran’s Shape of You – much to the delight of his crowd.

As Stormzy made history for being the first grime artist to headline the festival, he also made history with his tightly choreographed set – complete with pyrotechnics, multiple costume changes, incredible dance breaks, and generally impeccable staging.

Among the highlights of the show, were a performance by the BAME dance group Ballet Black and guest appearances by the rappers Dave and Fredo and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Stormzy also played a speech by the Labour MP David Lammy on the disproportionate number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the criminal justice system.

Lammy praised Stormzy for using his headline spot “to speak about the injustice of young black kids being criminalised in a biased and disproportionate justice system. Humbled and inspired that he sampled my speech.”

The Grammy-award winning singer Adele said on Instagram: “I’m so proud of him, Stormzy just monumentally headlined Glastonbury in his own right with one album!! The first Grime artist ever to do so, you respected everyone that opened the door for you whilst opening a huge one yourself.”

But, while the rapper is ‘the second youngest solo act to ever headline Glastonbury,’ he has come to realise that his claim to be ‘first black British artist’ was a terrible blunder.

Stormzy went back on to Twitter to rectify his claims. He wrote: ‘Skin from the band Skunk Anansie was actually the first black artist to headline glasto she done it with her band in 1999 no disrespect intended and MASSIVE salute to you – my apologies !’

While Stormzy may not be the first black British artist to headline Glastonbury as he once thought, he is most certainly the first black British solo artist to do so. So still much to celebrate on his part.

A lot of fans noted the rapper’s black stab-proof vest which depicted the Union Jack in black and white.

It was a part of the South Londoner’s continued effort to highlight knife crime in his work, which was front and centre during the set.

Now the creator behind the customised vest has been revealed – the artist Banksy.

The urban artist revealed the news on his official Instagram page was left humbled by Stormzy wearing his artwork.