URBAN ARTIST TAKEOVER GLASTONBURY
Last weekend the long awaited festival of summer ‘Glastonbury‘ took place. A festival where artists and thousands of fans celebrate the shared love, that is music.
Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Craig David, Rag and Bone Man, Sampha, and Solange were amongst some of the names that performed over the 4 days.There was not a short of music for anybody no matter what your taste, particularly if you are in to Grime, UK Rap and R&B .
Friday saw the whole day dedicated to what we love most, urban music. Ranging from Grime, Hip Hop, UK Drill to Afro Beats, it was all there. With the likes of Avelino, Dave, Nines, AJ Tracey, Kojo Funds, 67 and a whole lot more show casing their talent of which some made their Glasto debut, it was great to the scene flourish like that.
John Peel Stage
Although the stage only played host to one act from our scene they chose the right guy to rep. Loyle Carner had the tent packed out which was amazing to see. He might be an unfamiliar name to some but to us at BackstAAAge he isn’t no stranger. He’s a big artist doing big things, I mean not anyone can just perform at the John Peel Stage. You had the likes of Annie Mac and London Grammar performing, who are very big in their own right.
The South London rapper gave a great performance, the crowd even gave him a standing ovation when he performed ‘No CD’. It was a family affair set from the rapper as some of the tracks he performed were stories about his family. To top it of he brought out his mother at the end of his set, who got so much love from the Glastonbury faithful. What a guy, who says rappers are all self centred.
Killing the Other Stage on Saturday afternoon was Grime Superstar Stormzy, who graced the audience with tunes from his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer. He brought an energy driven set and truly represented.
During his set he addressed the crowd saying “You don’t even understand, I was on the Sonic Stage last year playing to 300/400 people, and to come out today and see thousands and thousands of you… It means so much.” Emotional stuff!!
The Grime artist also took a moment to pay tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower victims to which he featured on the charity single ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. He told the crowd “We are urging the authorities to tell the truth, first and foremost, to do something and we are urging the Government to be held accountable”. Its good to see Grime get political!
As well as a great set Stormzy also gained a couple of new fans in the process from the likes of Chris Martin from Coldplay and pop star Katy Perry. If you missed it you can catch Stormzy’s set here.
Wiley the GodFather of Grime made an appearance which was good to see. You don’t see Wiley that much but when you do it’s something you don’t want to miss. It’s like seeing a rare Pokemon! The Grime legend bought the East London vibes to the festival and when you hear his set you will understand why he is the GodFather of Grime. From tracks like P Money to Wearing my Rolex, from Heatwave to Gangster Wiley’s got everything for everybody!
Check out his set here.
Everyone knows the last set at an event especially a festival is the most important one. It’s what everyone waits for right? The last set is usually reserved for the headliners that everyone has come to see. For those of you that have been Glastonbury know there’s always a timetable clash of your favourite artist as the festival is huge, it’s like a town. Imagine having Spotify, Apple Music or Deezer live on a field – unlimited music that is Glastonbury.
With all that being said it was great to see the likes of Boy Better Know, Kano and Dizzee Rascal close some of the biggest stages at Worthy Farm.
BOY BETTER KNOW
The whole BBK team was in full effect on Sunday closing The Other Stage. By looking at how packed it was you wouldn’t of thought Ed Sheeran was performing at the same time on the Pyramid Stage. This is just an example of how much the people support the North London collective.
Whenever you see BBK perform live its non stop vibez! Performing classics such as Too Many Man, Murkle Man, Don’t @ Me, Feed Em To The Lions, Shutdown and Man Don’t Care shows why they were a headline act.
Watch BBK’s performance here to see for how crazy the show was.
The Park Stage
Kano, one the Grime Legends headlined the The Park Stage alongside a band that brought some of the Made In The Manor tracks to life. Kano had the festivals goers going mental from start to finish with tracks like New Banger, 3 Wheels Up, Garage Skank and P&Q’s which got a crazy reaction, it even had to get pulled up! The Grime artist knows how to control and entertain a. crowd, he put on a great show. If you missed it check it out here as it’s a set you don’t want to miss.
Another artist that is on job and has been for minute is Nadia Rose. The South London rapper graced the stage on Friday with her bubbly and infectious flow. You have to check out Nadia Rose freestyle segment where she was joined by a female Dj who beatboxed whilst Nadia dropped bars, classic! If that wasn’t enough she also made an appearance on Glastonbury Sessions performing Skwod which aired on TV. Ray Blk also made an appearance performing an acoustic version of her latest single ‘Doing Me’.
West Holts Stage
With the approach of Dizzee’s album ‘Raskit’ fast approaching and the release of his latest track ‘Space’ it was great to see him back on stage performing some of his classic material which we know him for. The Grime artist is not new to Glasto so having him headline the West Holts Stage made perfect sense.
Dizzee bought it right back to the essence by dropping classics from his debut album ‘Boy In Da Corner’. He had the crowd spazzing to ‘Stop That’ and he even dropped the famous intro to I Luv You before performing the track. I remember DJ Mak 10 always playing it. If you dot know who Mak 10 is, he one of the biggest grime dj’s who was apart of the collective Nasty Crew.
Rascal’s performance was full of energy, vibes and an hour of pure hype. He was a worthy headliner and closed the West Holts Stage with a bang. The performance got me so gassed I had to grab tickets to see him when he comes to London for his ‘Raskit Tour’. Grab your tickets here.
From what I counted, the Urban artist were performing across at least nine stages and thats not including all the festival after parties. Its good a year for the scene as artist are topping the charts, selling out tours and headlining big festivals. May the success continue and lets keep supporting because I only see bigger and better things for the scene in the future.
Glastonbury will be taking a hiatus next year so won’t be back until 2019. So make sure you keep checking in here at BackstAAAge for the latest news on how you can get tickets and some festival tips.
Other Contributors – Seneo Mwamba