Astral People and Handsome Tours are proud to announce the return of South London emcee, Stormzy, who will hit our shores this July for Splendour In The Grass 2017.
Having recently been named “Best International Act” at America’s BET Awards, joined Kanye West onstage at the 2015 Brit Awards and racked up near 5 million views on his latest YouTube video, Stormzy is igniting a new generation of UK rap with his neo-grime flow and his progressive attitude towards commercial music.
The rapper has gained an unprecedented amount of support from his contemporaries including some of the forefathers of the genre. Artists such as Wiley, Skepta, Krept & Konan, Lethal Bizzle and Wretch 32 have vouched for the young prospect and have claimed that he is the future.
Stormzy began displaying his ability with a barrage of charismatic freestyles including his infamous #WickedSkengManFreestyle series which gained six-figure viewings. After generating a huge online presence, he then proved his versatility as a recording artist when he released his first project, ‘The Dreamers Disease’, which, after unparalleled support for the visuals for the lead track, “Not That Deep”, reached the Number #1 spot on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart prior to its release. Stormzy then went on to create history with his untouchable verse on the Fire In The Booth Cypher where Charlie Sloth claimed “A star was born”.
The artist’s work rate has lead to a rapid ascent into commercial music, with a number of his tracks being playlisted on BBC 1Xtra and Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe naming Stormzy as one of the Future 15 For 2015. Following this success, he has gone on to win a MOBO award for Best Grime Act where he competed against some of the icons of the scene, representing the progression of UK music. He received Top 3 placing in the prestigious, annual BBC Sound Of 2015 list, beating out some of the world’s most talked about artists including fellow nominees Raury, Novelist, Lapsley and Wolf Alice.
This year saw the release of Stormzy’s debut album ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, a powerful album which saw the grime artist switch between hard-hitting raps and softer melodic tracks. This July, Stormzy will bring his new album along with his progressive fusion of grime and UK rap to Australia for Splendour In The Grass.