- 02 Sep 18
It's not hard to see why the British rapper and singer is gaining international traction
Rapper and singer Stefflon Don touched down in Ireland for Electric Picnic after a flight from Germany, where she had performed at another festival.
With her DJ and two dancers, she gave Rankin's Wood a performance that was pretty much faultless - apart from the fact that herself and her DJ kept referring to the Stradbally location as Dublin.
Still, this was forgivable in light of the showmanship all four bodies on stage displayed. Playing a popular mix of her own releases and her collaborations with other artists, the British star kept the crowd well-entertained.
She twice invited audience members to dance on stage - once for a dance-off and once for a music video recreation. When security hesitated to let the chosen girls past the barrier, Stefflon warned she wouldn't start the number without them. "Security, stop being a dick," she said, and the crowd went wild.
Despite a fierce stage presence, the Birmingham native-turned-Londoner still managed to be a relatable city girl, chatting to the crowd like she would friends at a house party. "This is a workout," she told the crowd after an intense twerk session. "I don't even need to go to the gym. Ladies, I know we all get bored of going to the gym. Don't worry, put on the 'Bum Bum' remix and you'll be fine."
Female empowerment was also on her EP agenda. She made the crowd shout "leave him" each time she gave an example of a bad boyfriend: "If he doesn't respect you?" "Leave him!"
After providing a number of bops that kept the young Sunday crowd happy, Stefflon proved herself a female rapper not to be overlooked.