Coldplay have been confirmed as headliners at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.
The free event takes place at Glasgow Green on May 24 and 25, and Coldplay will perform on the Saturday (May 24).
Making the announcement on Radio 1 this morning, Chris Martin said: “We’re very thrilled to be asked, thank you so much… We’re all pleased to be here, I speak for everyone when I say that.” The band also debuted new song ‘Oceans’ during a live performance. See above to watch footage of the performance now.
Talking about the news, Will Champion, Coldplay’s drummer said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been asked to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow this year. Playing in Glasgow is always so much fun and Radio 1 have always been wonderful to us so it couldn’t really be any better!”
Pharrell Williams, The 1975, Paolo Nutini and Rita Ora will also perform at the two-day event. The weekend will kick off on the Friday night with a party in Glasgow’s George Square, at which Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Zane Lowe and Danny Howard will be joined by a line-up of DJs.
The full 50,000 tickets for the event were given away earlier this month in just 35 minutes. The full-line up, including the Sunday night headliner, will be revealed later this month.
Coldplay’s forthcoming album ‘Ghost Stories’ sees the band working with producer Paul Epworth for the first time, plus revisiting regular collaborators Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson and Dan Green. Epworth produced much of Adele’s hugely successful album ’21’ and has also worked with Paul McCartney, Friendly Fires, Bruno Mars and Florence + The Machine.
They have also announced six further live dates around the world. Tickets for the Cologne show will go on sale at 9am on April 19, while ticket information for the remaining five shows will be emailed exclusively to subscribers to the Coldplay mailing list.
Coldplay will play:
Cologne E-Werk, Germany (April 25)
New York Beacon Theatre, USA (May 5)
Los Angeles Royce Hall, USA (May 19)
Glasgow Green, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, UK (May 24)
Paris Casino de Paris, France (May 28)
Tokyo Dome City Hall, Japan (June 12)
London Royal Albert Hall, UK (July 1)