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The waves of praise that followed the release of Stormzy’s debut studio album were strong enough to send shockwaves through Australia’s music scene.
On home turf, 2017’s Gang Signs & Prayer saw the London grime star bag the no.1 chart position, while securing no.11 in Oz and no.14 in New Zealand.
He promised to return down under not long after the record’s release in February, and he’s kept his word with appearances at Splendour in the Grass 2017 and a handful of headline sideshows.
While a lot of noise was happening around all the festival sideshows announced for July, it was Stormzy’s intimate gigs that had us most excited behind the scenes at the Ticketmaster Blog.
Why? Because we’re dealing with one of the most passionate and genuine musicians of our time.
The multi-award winning MC is much more than the many titles he’s acquired over recent years and the excitement that surrounded his debut full-length was the climax of years of passion.
Even the fact that he’s found time to tour Australia, with a summer full of European festival slots, is testament to Stormzy’s drive.
Let’s not forget he’s bagged the support of Ed Sheeran and Adele, who went public with her support after Stormzy name-dropped the fellow Londoner on his album.
Need we remind you about this BRITs collab with Sheeran?
Australia is sure to benefit from a dizzying dose of UK grime. The genre has had a recent resurgence in the mainstream but underground, it’s been the launch pad for heaps of new talent.
Along with Ed Sheeran, Stormzy has collaborated with the likes of Wiley, Little Simz and Khelani, and his apparent vision to push those boundaries is what we music fans needs right now.
Much to the dismay of long-serving Linkin Park fans, the band’s recent collab with Stormzy actually turned out to be one of the heaviest offerings from them this year.
In short, anything Stormzy touches seems to turn to gold, and it’s safe to expect much the same from his July show.
But be quick, tickets aren’t likely to last much longer.