Fans of music star Stormzy were treated to a free pop-up gig in his hometown of Croydon on Sunday evening (January 19).
The rapper, who grew up in Thornton Heath , surprisingly announced the performance only minutes before it started.
Stormzy first posted about the unexpected show on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday (January 18) accompanied by a love heart emoji, saying the location would be announced the next day.
The post was then followed by an update on Sunday (January 19) at 4pm which revealed the secret pop-up location to be Boxpark Croydon with doors opening at 4.30pm – giving fans just 30 minutes to get to the venue.
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Fans of the grime star scrambled to the food, drinks and events venue where 1,200 people queued in hopes of seeing him live.
And Stormzy didn’t disappoint as he performed an extended set, including favourite tracks Blinded By Your Grace and Vossi Bop.
During the show, Stormzy even teased fans with a few bars from his brand new track ‘Still Disappointed’ which hasn’t yet been performed publicly.
And to show his appreciation further for his fans’ commitment, he spent time meeting them and taking selfies after the gig.
His unsuspecting return to his hometown was to say “thank you” to loyal fans following his recent success, as he continues to dominate the UK charts with his second studio album, Heavy Is The Head – achieving the number one spot on both the official singles and album chart this week.
At the gig, Stormzy said: “It’s a real blessing from god to have my career – I thank and appreciate everyone in here. The kind of career I’ve had, I owe to you guys.
“A free show is the least I can do for my fans and I wish I could shower you all individually with love. Thank you for allowing me to be the artist I am and for allowing me to be the top of my game.”
Stormzy has shown ongoing commitment to education and tolerance through his work with Merky Books and Cambridge University and his ongoing commitment to Croydon recognises the borough as a centre for culture and diversity.
For more information on Boxpark Croydon visit their official website here.