Coldplay's Chris Martin reveals band nearly missed their first Glastonbury gig

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27 Jun 2024, 15:29

Coldplay's Chris Martin performing at Glastonbury

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Chris Martin has opened up about the time Coldplay nearly missed their first ever Glastonbury performance.

Speaking on the band’s recent BBC documentary, Coldplay: Our Glastonbury, the ‘Fix You’ and ‘Viva La Vida’ singer explained how the band’s first Glastonbury experience was in 1999, and saw the group have run with all their kit to ensure they didn’t miss their set at the New Bands Tent.

“The hunger to go there was so huge,” Martin said on the show. “Our first introduction, I think, was probably carrying a not-very-good amplifier with a drunken tour manager who, you know, obviously didn’t know what he was doing either.



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“So we sort of had a very quick intake of the whole place, and then started where you should start, which is in the New Bands Tent, first on. I don’t think I thought about the wider, how wild it was. It was just like we were here and we’re late and it’s huge.”

But after their perhaps a little rushed first performance, Coldplay would return to play at the famous Pyramid Stage in 2002, 2005, 2011 and most recently in 2016, reflecting the huge success of the ‘Sky Full of Stars’ artists.

Coldplay will headline Glastonbury yet again in 2024, ahead of the release of their next album, Moon Music, this October.

This new album could be one of their last, with Chris Martin hinting that the band might stop making new music after 2025. “Well I know I can tell you: our last proper record will come out in 2025 and after that I think we will only tour,” Martin revealed in 2021.

“Maybe we’ll do some collaborative things but the Coldplay catalogue, as it were, finishes then.”

The band's tenth album’s first single, ‘feelslikeimfallinginlove’, dropped on Friday 21st June, giving fans plenty of time to get to know the first track of the Moon Music era before they take to the Pyramid Stage this weekend.

The new track has all the hallmarks of a Coldplay classic, with its powerful chorus where Martin confesses: “It feels like I’m falling in love / Maybe for the first time / Baby, it’s my mind you blow / It feels like I’m falling in love / You’re throwing me a lifeline / This is for a lifetime / I know.”

Coldplay fans in Budapest were the first to hear the song live last week at the Puskás Aréna, and the reaction was nothing short of euphoric, leaving people excited about the possibility that the band may play more new music at Glastonbury.

Coldplay: Our Glastonbury is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. 

Moon Music is due out on the 4th October, 2024.