Stormzy is set to return to the Ibiza Rocks hotel this year for his second annual #MERKY Festival.
Headlined and curated by Big Mike himself, this year’s line-up has been revealed with J Hus headlining Monday 2nd July with performances from Fredo, Ms Banks, Jaykae, Suspect and P Money, while Tuesday 3rd July will see Stormzy hitting the stage alongside Krept & Konan, Not3s, Mabel, Young T & Bugsey and Ramz.
Limited day tickets on-sale now priced from €50 (plus booking fee) from www.ibizarocks.com
After releasing the audio last week, Jorja Smith gets involved in a bit of espionage in the video for her Stormzy-assisted new single ‘Let Me Down’.
Filmed in Kiev, the video sees Jorja playing the role of a hit-woman, who gets more than she bargained for when tasked with taking out a handsome ballet dancer.
“When I received the brief for this film it was pretty much just one word; Bond,” says director Hector Dockrill. “Jorja and I put our heads together and played with the idea of her role being a strong female lead, in an entirely fictional world. Creating this setting and developing Jorja’s character in giving her depth, soul and richness was a strong step in the direction of filmmaking I want to take, and the collaborative process with Jorja and everyone around us was definitely something we’re eager to do again ASAP.”
With a big year ahead of her, Jorja Smith starts out strong by releasing new single ‘Let Me Down’ with Stormzy.
The anticipated collaboration will have the pair tugging at heart strings everywhere, as they team up for a massive song that Jorja reveals is about: “meaning very little to someone; but being okay with that, even though it hurts.”
As the year draws to a close, Stormzy revisits his record-breaking debut album Gang Signs & Prayer with another visual.
This time he highlights ‘Blinded By Your Grace Pt.2’ – the MNEK-assisted gospel song that initially surprised listeners when it dropped.
In the Nez-directed video Stormzy gathers fans in a London housing estate to perform the track.
“The lyrics and what the song represents mean a lot to me and I wanted to show a different side to my music,” says Stormzy. “Having the platform to be able to bring people together to celebrate this through a song that is close to my heart and seeing people from every walk of life coming together to sing in the video, all in one place, has been an amazing experience.”
Borrowing the instrumental from Drake‘s Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes and Vinylz produced ‘4PM In Calabasas’, Big Mike reflects on the gifts and curses of his success. He also hints that his second album isn’t too far away.
Watch the beautifully minimal Kaylum Dennis-directed video above.
Last night Stormzy released a short film to accompany his historic debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.
Directed by Rollo Jackson, the fifteen minute piece blends drama and live performances in an exploration of the album’s themes, as it follows a young man battling temptations and inner demons on his way to adulthood.
“Young youts like myself, that grow up in the hood, we often don’t know that we are actually the masters of our own destiny,” says Stormzy. “There are so many things that steer us in the wrong direction. However, we decide what happens in our own lives and like my album, I endeavoured for this film to portray just that.”
No stranger to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge at this point, Stormzy passed through at the end of last week to pay homage to his garage influence with a cover of Shanks & Bigfoot‘s ’99 classic ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’.
The reworking boasts a full live band, backing vocalists and new bars from Stiff Chocolate himself.
He also took the time to perform a live rendition of his Gang Signs & Prayer cut ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ which you can check out below.
Still riding high of the back of his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy revisits his Kehlani-assisted slow jam ‘Cigarettes & Cush’ for a new visual.
Billed as “A Film Inspired By The Album” the cinematic piece has Stormzy falling in love with the opposition, with co-star Andrea Ali playing an undercover police officer who is trying to take down his illegal weed farm.
Along with the video comes the announcement that Stormzy is preparing to release Gang Signs & Prayer on vinyl, you can pre-order a copy here…
Autumn/Winter is fast approaching and adidas have been unveiling their forthcoming EQT range for the season. While the likes of Danny Brown and Angel Haze were part of the worldwide apparel unveiling, there is only really one man in the UK that can front the EQT sneaker range.
Stormzy – who else? – will be seen in JD stores across the country as the face of the store’s exclusive EQT sneakers.“I’m all about being original, authentic, and I feel that EQT stands for just that,” Big Mikey had to say. The EQT FW17 range is out now at JD (online and in stores), with additional styles to be released in September.