Coldplay At Glastonbury 2016: The Massive Talking Points

Coldplay just delivered one of the most memorable shows in Glastonbury history, setting Twitter alight in the process. Here are the biggest talking points.

The opening Charlie Chaplin speech
In light of Friday’s divisive EU referendum result, Coldplay opened their set with a playback of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic speech (and there aren’t many given he was a silent movie man) from the 1940 film The Great Dictator. Pertinent line: “We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that.”

Chris Martin kissing the stage
The Pyramid is sacred, sure. But it’s had a lot of muddy boots on it this weekend…


The Wristbands

Handed out throughout the day, the light-up wristbands in the crowd turned the Pyramid Stage into a mile-wide dot matrix blanket.

The Viola Beach Cover

“We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternate future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for a song,” Martin announced, ahead of a fiery cover of the tragic band’s ‘Boys That Sing’. The ultimate celebration and memorial for the band tragically lost in a road accident in February.

Gwyneth Paltrow watching

The actress and former wife of Chris Martin was spotted taking photos and filming during ‘Up & Up’, on which their children Apple and Moses took to the stage to sing with their father. The pair almost make divorce seem pleasant.

The Bee Gees Guest Spot

Word across the festival was that Rihanna would be Coldplay’s special guest. No-one expected them to fulfil Michael Eavis’ long-standing dream of having The Bee Gees play the festival by bringing out Barry Gibb for ‘To Love Somebody’ and ‘Stayin’ Alive’.

Michael Eavis Doing ‘My Way

“I don’t want this to be the last song,” Chris complained as ‘Up&Up’ threatened to bring the festival to a close. “Can I speak to someone in charge?” Enter Michael Eavis, granted them a one-song extension, as long as the song was ‘My Way’ and he sang it. Legend.

The Endearing Fuck-Up


Launching into ‘Everglow’, Chris noticed his piano was out-of-tune. Hence an impromptu solo version on a piano that wasn’t fixed for the entire set. Troopers.


Juice WRLD, 1998-2019 – the NME obituary

The Chicago rapper has died from a seizure at the age of 21

The Best Songs Of The Decade: The 2010s

Here – after much debate – are the 100 very best songs of 2010s

The Best Albums of The Decade: The 2010s

Here it is: the ultimate guide to the 100 essential albums of the 2010s, picked, ranked and dissected by NME experts