Get practicing your best drunken falsetto – Coldplay are confirmed for the Saturday night at Glastonbury, if The Sun are to be believed. The red-top reckons it’s a done deal, and given that Coldplay had been on everyone’s ‘most likely’ list for ages, it’s hardly a wild stab in the dark.
That means the full set of headliners is likely to be U2 (Friday), Coldplay (Saturday), and Prince (Sunday). We’re also hearing rumours of R.E.M. headlining the Other Stage on one of the nights.
So, pending absolute confirmation from the Eavises, what do you make of Coldplay as Saturday headliners? They’ll no doubt be chuffed. In Q last year Chris Martin said being invited to play Glastonbury was like Robert Pattinson asking you to touch his balls. We assume that’s a good thing.
Besides, they’ve got form. They headlined in 2005, a few weeks after ‘X & Y’ came out, and supplied much-needed succour to a rain-lashed crowd. This writer isn’t ashamed to admit he nearly blubbed during ‘The Scientist’.
They also headlined in 2002. ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ hadn’t quite come out at that point, so tracks like ‘Clocks’ and ‘In My Place’ were unfamiliar, but still went down a storm.
They appeared further down the bill in 2000. It was a pivotal moment in their career. They played on the Saturday; ‘Yellow’ came out the following Monday. When Chris Martin introduced the song, he predicted – correctly – that it would be their breakthrough hit.
However, the band’s very first Glastonbury performance was the year before that – they played just weeks after signing to Parlophone. So if Coldplay do headline in 2011, it will be their fifth Glastonbury appearance.