After hiring out Thorpe Park in 2016, many people were wondering how Stormzy was going to top that for his milestone 25th birthday celebrations. But he did, and he did it in style.
Courtesy of Spotify Premium, the people's grime champ was able to fly out over 250 people for the day (July 26), including family, friends and fans, to a big luxury villa in Menorca, Spain, to drink, eat, dance, and generally just have fun in the sun. Shrouded in mystery, as guests arrived at Stansted Airport, there were reps with #MERKY boards directing people right to where they needed to be. At this point, rumours of the villa were in the air but nobody was sure of exactly what was happening.
Many didn't even know where it was they were going, but were just happy to be involved in such an occasion. After collecting boarding passes, everyone received a special "#MERKY Airways" goodie-bag filled with a towel, suncream, sunglasses and a hat all with the branding on it. On the flight, the #MERKY team had even gone to the trouble of creating an hilarious flight safety video, and on a journey that was just over two hours long, the positive vibes continued throughout; the whole plane sang happy birthday to Stormzy, as he walked up and down the aisle, interacting with everyone and taking it all in his stride.
With guests including nearly every big-hitter in the scene, such as Lethal Bizzle, Big Shaq, Not3s, Ms. Banks, Jaykae, Krept & Konan and more, as well as the Complex gang, it was good to see everyone partying in the same space. Fittingly, it didn't matter if you were an artist, or if you had been invited by Spotify as a super-loyal Premium listener, this day was about having a good time in the beating sun and celebrating the birthday of a man who's shown time and again that he is of the people, and for the people.
Here's what went down in pictures...