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Stormzy headlines Glastonbury in a Union Jack  stab-proof vest

Stormzy put on a 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, appeared to be making a bold statement against knife crime in London with his attire. 

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

Showstopper: Stormzy put on a very powerful performance at Glastonbury as he headlined the festival on Friday night in a Union Jack stab-proof vest to make a bold statement on rising knife crime in London after 61 murders in the capital

The musician wanted fans to consider the series of violent incidents in the capital, where five killings take place in six days earlier this month.

It comes as the capital’s murder toll for 2019 hit 61, after a teenager, believed to have been 18, was stabbed to death as he took cover in a shop in Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, figures showed that 22,041 knife or weapon offences were recorded in England and Wales in the past year – the highest number since 2010.

Explosive: 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

Explosive: 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

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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 stab-proof vest on for his first five songs

Powerful: Stormzy showed the audience  a series of crime statistics

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

Message: The musician wanted fans to consider the series of violent incidents in the capital, where five killings take place in six days earlier this month

Message: The musician wanted fans to consider the series of violent incidents in the capital, where five killings take place in six days earlier this month

Performance: The musician started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks, and during his performance the grime artist featured a small clip of Jay Z offering him advice prior to his show

Change: Later on, Stormzy took off the vest and performed shirtless

Performance: The musician started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks, and during his performance the grime artist featured a small clip of Jay Z offering him advice prior to his show

The musician started his show with Know Me From complete with flames and fireworks, and during his 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.

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.’

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

Putting on a show: Stormzy wowed the crowd

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

Energetic: The rapper stormed the stage as he performed his headline act

Showstopper: 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

Energetic: The rapper stormed the stage as he performed his headline act

Wow! The crowd had a great time during Stormzy's performance

Wow! The crowd had a great time during Stormzy’s performance

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. 

Putting on a show: Rosalia had an array of back-up dancers to support her performance

Putting on a show: Rosalia had an array of back-up dancers to support her performance

Glamorous: Jorja Smith looked stunning in a clash-print sequinned jumpsuit

Glamorous: Jorja Smith looked stunning in a clash-print sequinned jumpsuit

Monochrome: Lauryn Hill looked stylish in her black-and-white ensemble as she performed

Monochrome: Lauryn Hill looked stylish in her black-and-white ensemble as she performed

Singing: George Ezra was sure to delight fans with his performance

Singing: George Ezra was sure to delight fans with his performance

Up close and personal: Lee Kiernan crowd-surfed into the audience

Showman: Mark Bowen performed in the middle of the crowd

Up close and personal: Lee Kiernan (L) and Mark Bowen (R) of rock band Idles crowd-surfed into the audience

Let's go! Bastille also put on a great show as they took to the Pyramid Stage

Let’s go! Bastille also put on a great show as they took to the Pyramid Stage

Rockers: The Vaccines opened up the third day of the festival on the Other Stage

Rockers: The Vaccines opened up the third day of the festival on the Other Stage

‘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.’

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

Festival chic: 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

Festival chic: 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

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

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.  

Festival fashion: Adding a touch of bling to 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 to 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 to £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) 



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