Stormzy headlines Longitude festival

Grime artist Stormzy has been announced to headline the UK's Longitude Festival in the summer.

It will be the first time the hip hop star will appear at the festival, where he will open the first night of the event on 14 July.

Real name Michael Omari, Stormzy released his debut album Gang Signs And Prayer two weeks ago, after winning best grime act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards.

The London rapper has made headlines in recent weeks, especially following his surprise performance with Ed Sheeran at the Brit Awards - but he hardly needed the publicity.

Stormzy is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in a music genre that has come to stay.

Born out of East London almost 20 years ago, grime music quickly conquered the UK.

But it was only with the rise of artists like Skepta - who is also headlining Longitude - in 2014 that grime really took flight across the Atlantic.

With Gang Signs And Prayers, Stormzy has already reached number one in the official charts and got a Brit nomination for best breakthrough act.

Stormzy is the last of the three main acts to be announced for the festival, alongside The Weeknd on the Saturday and Mumford & Sons on the Sunday.

Other artists performing over the weekend at Marlay Park include Kaleo, Dua Lipa, Milky Chance and Raye.

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