Music, Rap, hip hop and R&B
Rapper Stormzy stares down the camera in a white t-shirt.
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Time Out says

The king of UK grime is coming to Sydney

Stormzy is coming back to Australia off the back of his latest album Heavy is the Head. The British rapper will tear up Hordern Pavilion on Saturday May 9 amidst a huge national tour. 

This Croydon-born star is having an impact on music and culture that other rappers could only dream of. In what is being called the “Stormzy effect”, he is being credited for triggering a huge spike in youth voter registrations in the UK. He took to Twitter and Instagram the day before the voter registration deadline for their national election to call on his fans to register – causing registrations for people under 25 to leap by 150,000. This is the time to see the artist in his prime. 

Stormzy’s first big break was his politically-charged 2015 hit ‘Shut Up’, which went viral after it was first released as a freestyle on YouTube. He was the first grime artist to reach number one on the UK albums chart with his debut 2017 album Gang Signs and Prayer. He comes down under after scoring his first number-one single ‘Vossi Bop’ and headlining the 2019 Glastonbury Festival wearing a Union Jack stab vest specially designed by Banksy. 

Tickets for the national tour go on sale on Friday December 6. Heavy is the Head is due to be released on December 13. 


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