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Glastonbury: Coldplay join surprise guests for historic fifth headline set

Glastonbury: Coldplay join surprise guests for historic fifth headline set

Glastonbury: Coldplay join surprise guests for historic fifth headline set

Coldplay became the first act in history to headline Glastonbury five times, playing a record-breaking set to a huge, sparkling audience for whom it felt like coming home.

Thousands of people in the crowd will undoubtedly have seen them here at least once before, but that doesn’t matter – they have their detractors, but you can’t argue with that. Chris Martins band can give a headline performance worthy of Worthy Farm.

Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis was among the special guests who watched the performance from the sidelines in front of an audience that performed well into the night. There were also stars and musicians, including a rapper Little Simz on the stage.

Their performance was not only a celebration of their own significant achievements as one of the most successful British bands in recent history, but also of Glastonbury Festival and the talent it has supported over the decades.

But the biggest surprise came from Hollywood legend Michael J Fox, who appeared on guitar for the compellingly emotional Fix You as the penultimate track. It’s a song and a performance that can touch even the hardest of hearts.

Backstage, Tom Cruise was among the fans watching as fireworks lit up the sky.

After they had their traditional Cold play LED wristbands before the set started provided a beautiful light show and an epic sing-along moment with the audience fully participating. The band played hits that started with Yellow, which started it all, and continued throughout their extensive repertoire.

“I look around and I just see amazing, fantastic people from all over the world and that’s what Glastonbury “the best city on earth,” Martin told the crowd during a set that included songs like Higher Power, Clocks, Viva La Vida, The Scientist and My Universe, which the band recorded with K-pop band BTS, with lyrics in English and Korean.

Earlier in the day, Kasabian were the festival’s worst kept secret with their surprise set, closing off the Woodsies area as the crowd grew in anticipation.

And on the other stage, The Streets’ Mike Skinner fans entertained with a crowd surfing set – with headliner on Friday night Dua Lipa spotted in the crowd, good for her promise you will enjoy the festival for the whole weekend as a visitor, and one of the biggest stars.

But Saturday night belonged to Coldplay. This was their first headlining performance on the Pyramid Stage since 2016 and their fifth in total, meaning they now overtake The Cure, who starred four times.

When the band was announced by the festival organizers earlier this year, the band received the same criticism as for years: the music is boring, the choice of headliner is uninspired, jokes are made everywhere about Martin showing up here, and so on.

Similar comments will undoubtedly have been tweeted during their set. The answer is simple though: those who don’t like them don’t have to watch them.

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There’s plenty more to do at Glastonbury to keep people entertained, whether you come and watch in person or catch it on TV at home.

The size of the Coldplay crowd says it all: they put on an epic show, and it’s why they were picked to headline Glastonbury again.

Sky News

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