As 2020 has been plagued with so many disappointing turn of events when it comes to musical events, concerts and tours, it was a nice surprise to have one of the UK’s best rappers perform live in the comfort of our homes. Stormzy treated fans to a 45-minutes set as he closed the McDonald’s virtual festival for 2020. This also happens to be his last live performance for this year.
Addressing fans at home, Stormzy said: “I know it’s a pandemic right now and I know this feels a bit strange,” Stormzy said in the middle of his set. “Usually, I’m used to performing in front of a few people but right now you lot are in the comfort of your own home, you’re probably watching from your phone, your laptop, from an Apple TV on your screen, whatever it is.”
He continued to say: “So right now, I want to bring you a bit of joy to your front room. This is what this is all about. So if you can, stand up. As you know, there was no carnival this year, so we’re going to do something a bit carnival-esque and I just want you to dance. I want you to have a good time. It’s Sunday, it’s time for vibes.”
The initiative taken by McDonald’s to hold the virtual festival was one that is very welcomed in such times and fans were very pleased with many taking to Twitter to share their remarks.
Stormzy is so bloody good! McDonald’s have done it here! #ImLovinItLive
— Katie (@katienozzle) November 1, 2020
Stormzy is a 🐐 whether people like it or yes 🖤
— Area Boyz (@NSG) November 1, 2020
— Vikkstar ★ (@Vikkstar123) November 1, 2020
Fans were also treated to performances by the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Jess Glynne, and The Voice winner Becky Hill.
— isabel x (@capaldisuggs) November 1, 2020
Speaking about the reason for the virtual festival, McDonald’s Vice President of Marketing said: We wanted to host the I’m Lovin’ It Live weekend to thank crew and reward customers during this difficult year and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the response.
What a way to end the weekend…
📸 by Andrew Timms pic.twitter.com/S4sujdP1jf
— McDonald's UK (@McDonaldsUK) November 1, 2020
‘This weekend has been hard for many reasons, so hopefully a few hours of free, top-class entertainment from the UK’s biggest artists has allowed audiences to escape and bring a smile to their faces.’
This was a really nice initiative of McDonald’s. Hopefully not the last of its kind.
Watch Stormzy’s full performance down below.
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