Stormzy reveals he 'hysterically cried for an hour' after thinking Glastonbury set had flopped

Evening Standard 2 weeks ago

Stormzy "cried for an hour" and was in “hysterics” when he came off-stage at Glastonbury after thinking his set had been a failure. 

The rapper, who won huge praise for his history-making Pyramid Stage performance in June, has revealed that his in-ear pieces “blew [...] about 20 minutes" into the set. 

In a new interview, he told Q Magazine: “So I had no sound for the whole thing. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.”

The UK rapper was praised for his set. (Getty)

The performance made the Vossi Bop rapper the first solo black British artist to headline the iconic festival, but the mishap lead him to believe he had botched up his history-making opportunity. 

He continued: “No, no. When I walked offstage, I thought I’d f***** it. I thought it was the worst thing I’d ever done. I came offstage and thought I’d totally, absolutely blown it. I was crying for, like, an hour. I was in hysterics. 

“I thought I’d f***** it up. Heartbroken, man. Heartbroken. Then after calming down for an hour, some of the people at the festival, [co-organiser] Emily Eavis and that, gave us a memory stick to watch it back. 

He was convinced he did badly (Getty Images)

“And I got about halfway through and I was, like, ‘Shit, I think it all went alright.’”

Stormzy isn't the only musician to have had doubts about their performance at the festival this summer. 

Kylie Minogue previously revealed she wasn’t happy with her Legends set - even though she hit the headlines wen it became the most-watched Glastonbury performance of all-time. 

He made history at Glastonbury (PA)

“My reaction was so at odds with the response and the reception it got,” she admitted.

“I hadn’t done it as well as I wanted. I’ve always been so hypercritical. Was this supposed to be the pinnacle of my career? It’s not good enough. I’m better than that.”

The Better The Devil You Know singer added: "I mean, I am fine now. Sort of. I guess I had to go through that, watch it, look at it objectively and get that out of my system. It just wasn’t perfection in my eyes".

“I have to learn to let it live, as it was for everyone else.”


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