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Stormzy announces second album Heavy Is The Head

By | Published on Wednesday 20 November 2019

Stormzy - Heavy Is The Head

Stormzy hasn’t released a new album since 2017. He’s released singles, headlined Glastonbury, but no album as yet. Will a second album ever arrive? It is impossible to say. I mean, well, maybe not exactly impossible. He did announce his second album yesterday.

So, yeah, Stormzy will release his second album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’, on 13 Dec through his Warner/Atlantic imprint #Merky Records. That means, of course, if it has any burning political statements on it, they’ll arrive the day after the General Election, which may not be ideal.

Guests on the album include Ed Sheeran, HER, Aitch, Burna Boy, Headie One and Tiana Major9. The Ed Sheeran track is nuzzled right up next to Wiley homage ‘Wiley Flow’, which may or may not be an attempt to wind Wiley up while also paying tribute to him. Who knows? Maybe it’s just coincidence.

Going back to that Glastonbury performance, which was one of the defining headline sets of the festival’s history, Stormzy has now revealed that he came off stage thinking it had been a disaster.

“The thing about Glasto, and I’ve not told anybody this, but I had no sound”, he tells Q. “My in-ears blew after about 20 minutes, so I had no sound for the whole thing. It was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done”.

“When I walked off stage”, he adds, “I thought I’d fucked it. I thought it was the worst thing I’d ever done. I came off stage and thought I’d totally, absolutely, blown it. I was crying for, like, an hour. I was in hysterics. I thought I’d fucked it up. Heartbroken, man. Heartbroken”.

It was only when he spoke to Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis later that he realised that it had gone “alright”, he says.

The cover artwork for the new album shares a connection with that Glastonbury show, showing Stormzy gazing down on the Banksy-designed Union jack stab-proof vest he wore during the performance.