Hundreds of Stormzy fans rushed to East Croydon as the grime star staged a surprise homecoming show to celebrate the launch of his new album.

The Thornton Heath born rapper gave fans less than an hour’s notice that he would be playing what is thought to be his first hometown show at Boxpark on Friday, February 24.

Stormzy is yet another musical success story from our beloved town of Croydon (watch out for his fellow Thornton Heathen Nadia Rose) following in the hallowed footsteps of Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Ralph Mctell, Kirsty Maccoll, The Damned and countless other luminaries and purveyors of original music in all genres.