November 16, 2018 / 10:48 AM / a month ago

Grime star Stormzy announced as Glastonbury's first headline act

FILE PHOTO: British Hip Hop artist Stormzy arrives at the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards at Wembley Arena in London, Britain, November 12, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British grime star Stormzy has been confirmed as the first headline act at Glastonbury next year, organizers have said, as the green-field music festival returns from a year off.

Held annually on a dairy farm in Somerset, southwest England, Glastonbury took a so-called fallow year in 2018 to give the land and local residents a break. It will take place from June 26-30, with a host of big names expected to take to the stage, entertaining thousands of revelers.

In a post on the festival website on Thursday, organizers said Stormzy, who has performed twice at Glastonbury, would return to the stage, this time as a headline act.

“He’s one of the most exciting British artists to come along in years and after seeing him play here in 2017 we knew next time he had to come back and headline the Pyramid,” festival co-organizer Emily Eavis said.

Organizers said they announced the performer by putting up posters in Oxfam charity shops in Glastonbury as well as in the south London area of Streatham, near to where the award-winning MC grew up.

Reporting By Marie-Louise Gumuchian. Editing by Patrick Johnston

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