It’s the middle of Glastonbury’s third day and over on the Pyramid Stage, Stefflon Don faces a tough task. Buttressed between the likes of Maisie Peters and Texas, there’s the sense that she is tasked with holding court for an audience who are there to secure prime positions for a surprise performance from Foo Fighters and a headline slot from Arctic Monkeys.
But, as any fan of the UK’s leading lady of dancehall will tell you, she’s a master of winning over the most uncertain of crowds. Today, this means lots of colourful outfits and lavish dance routines that, to her credit, cause a brilliant ripple effect through the crowd.
As well as leaning into her dancehall sound, the set sees the singer show off her musical roots with remixes of grime classics like Wiley’s ‘Wot Do U Call It’, providing an education on some of the diverse range of influences that inform her musical output.
Elsewhere, the singer moved between lesser known cuts, and fan favourites such as ‘Boasty’, while also weaving in her brand new release ‘Move It’, without allowing the energy levels to falter.
Crucially, it’s her brilliant magnetic energy that wins over the crowd and wins over a whole new audience in the process. As the radio-staple rhythms of ‘Hurting Me’ chime out, it’s been a complete triumph – with the singer proving in spades that she’s able to win over the most unlikely of audiences. Pyramid Stage? She’s smashed it.