Thousands of people going to Laneway Festival braved the 37C heat and waited for almost nine hours for the chance to see British rapper Stormzy perform his highly-anticipated set, meanwhile, the icon was spotted in a small Perth bakery on a desperate hunt for the best pies.
However, his hunt took an unexpected twist when he found the pies were not sold in their usual form due to the season.
Miller and Baker staff did not know how exactly their Sunday would go, especially as they neared close and the buzz of the day died down, but Stormzy walking through their doors definitely was not on the cards.
The bakery’s barista Jas and manager Daisy received the shock of their life seeing the British grime superstar — with a whopping 8.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify — visit them.
Co-owner Rachel Taylor told PerthNow the story of the starstruck staff members’ brush with fame, who were too nervous to take any photos.
“We’ve welcomed many very special VIPs to the bakery, but none had the presence and absolute star quality of Stormzy,” she said.
Jas was greeted by the six-foot-five star who wore his usual black singlet and dark sunglasses “with his equally tall and muscular entourage” and was “a bit stunned” to say the least.
“They pulled up in their van and four of them got out.”
She thought one entourage member appeared to be a bodyguard and they were all “looking amazing”.
Mrs Taylor said the rapper wasted no time and got straight to the point stating, “I heard you have the best pies in Perth”.
Jas answered in what must have been a nerve-racking reply: “Uhhh, we don’t have any.”
Stormzy pulled up the Google reviews of the Perth store, which boasts 4.6 stars with raving reviews and asked, “This is you right?”’
The bakery owner explained Jas’s reply was because Miller and Baker chooses not to heat the pies in summer as it is too hot for most, however, all hope was not lost as the store still sells the pies in frozen form.
“(The staff) talked him into to buying four frozen pies and a couple sausage rolls.”
Mrs Taylor described Stormzy as “lovely” and “courteous”, content with his frozen pies and hot sausage rolls.
The owner speculated the star could have been in the area for a sound check as the Lake Street bakery is just an 11-minute drive from Wellington Square where Laneway was set to kick off.
She was slightly disappointed the rapper didn’t arrive earlier to see their full array of treats and the opportunity to possibly introduce him to some Aussie classics such as a Cheesymite Scroll and a unique Creamy Tim-Tam Cold Brew.
The bakery shared a post to FaceBook of one of their most famous customers to date showing Stormzy announcing “I heard you have the best pies in Perth”.
The local store captioned the post: “When Stormzy walks into your bakery with a craving for meat pies, would (you) like to be the one to tell him that he’ll have to bake them himself?! 😳”
“Our beef and red wine pies are available frozen every day in Summer – to bake at home.
“And are they the best pies in Perth? We’ll wait to hear back from Stormzy! 🙏🏼”
Miller and Baker has been open for just four years, specialising in sourdough.
Mrs Taylor made the “huge and rewarding career shift” with her husband to open a bakery “after 25 years wrangling data for global oil and gas companies”.
For those wanting a pie tasted by Stormzy himself, Mrs Taylor emphasised again that the pies are only sold frozen in summer.
She added the bakery mills their “own WA flour” and educates “customers about the health benefits of freshly milled chemical free flour, and long ferment sourdough.”
The conclusion on whether Miller and Baker has the best pies in Perth, is yet to be determined by the rapper.
And whether the giant went back to his accommodation and stooped over an oven to cook his highly sought-after pies, remains to be known.
PerthNow has verified images of Stormzy which Mrs Taylor has chosen not to share publicly to protect other customers’ privacy.