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Stormzy to take over Victoria Park for ‘This Is What We Mean Day’

The rapper will take over the East London space as part of All Points East 2023

By Nick Reilly

Stormzy wears all black and holds a microphone during a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Stormzy performs live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (Picture: Marc Ducrest)

Stormzy is set to headline East London’s All Points East festival next summer, curating an entire day of acts under the name ‘This Is What We Mean Day’.

The announcement comes as the Glastonbury headliner gears up to release his third album, the anticipated ‘This Is What I Mean’, on November 25.

He will deliver his only UK performance of 2023 at the festival on August 18, curating the entire day of All Points East.

Announcing the show in a light-hearted video shared to social media, Stormzy said: “I was thinking what’s next, cos we’ve done three O2s, shut that down. I said to the team, we gotta do something bigger, something better, something different. We were having back to back meetings, bouncing ideas. Then it hit me, I started jotting down ideas thinking – live band, need a live band.

“August 2023, a summer time thing, outside, for the people, always for my people. So August 2023, Victoria Park, more info coming soon….This Is What We Mean Day. Hard.”

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale from 10am GMT on Tuesday, November 15 for fans who pre-order ‘This Is What I Mean’ General sale tickets will then go on sale  from 10am GMT on Thursday, November 17.

In a new interview with Rick Rubin for ID Magazine, Stormzy admitted he has “made peace with the idea” that no one may like his latest album.

This idea of being in the studio, thinking you have to make a certain kind of song… it’s the least creative place you can be,” he said. “And really, the audience doesn’t even know what they like – and I know that because I’m the same when I’m listening to music.”