The 12 Most Important Things That Happened When Grime Took Over Glastonbury 2016

“Man’s never been on the Pyramid Stage when it’s shut down.”

June 25, 2016

The first full day of Glastonbury was a muddy affair, but set a bar for rowdiness that'll be hard to beat. Friday, June 24, was unofficial 'grime day' with a host of MCs and artists on the bill, whether on the biggest stage in front of thousands or at Toddla T's Carnival in a tucked away bar. As well as appearances from the genre's biggest players like Skepta, Novelist, and Stormzy, there were a few surprises along the way, too. Here's a quick roundup of the day's biggest highlights.

1. Skepta started a moshpit during his perfomance on the Pyramid Stage.
2. But he had to get muddy along the way.


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3. Novelist arrived on stage with Skeppy on a nifty BMX.


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4. Before Skepta shut down the Pyramid Stage.

@skeptagram does Glastonbury.

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5. Novelist played his own set later on, tapping into the mood around Brexit with his "Fuck David Cameron" chant.

Fuck David Cameron - #eureferendum #fuckdavidcameron

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6. ...And then Skepta came out and made a guest appearance.

@novelistguy @skeptagram #glastonbury

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7. There were also performances from J Hus and Bugzy Malone.

Rapid food then back to the 0161, Glastonbury thanks for having us... 🤗

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8. Section Boyz member Swift came prepared for the mud.

Big swiffah 🤘🏾

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9. U.K. rap queen Lady Leshurr linked up with with Stormzy before her high energy set.

Stormzy Is Smashing His Set! #GlastonburyFestival 💥👸🏾💥

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10. U.K. Prime Minister in the making Stormzy commanded the biggest crowd of the day, with hundreds of fans unable to get into the tent to see him.

#stormzy at #glastonbury2016 #problem #merky #shutup #grime

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#stormzy #glastonburyfestival #glastonbury @stormzyofficial

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11. But he still had time for the fans at the front.

Selfie with Stormzy 😂 @izzynoott

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12. Finally, Kano ended the day by bringing out two U.K. legends: Giggs and D Double E.

Listen up Summer, we own you. G, it's just different!! #Landlord #MadeInTheManor #GLASTONBURY 2016

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You are witnessing the original. Don't ever get it twisted. #Glastonbury

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The 12 Most Important Things That Happened When Grime Took Over Glastonbury 2016