Coldplay played a Viola Beach song during their Glastonbury set, after Chris Martin said that the late band “reminded us of ourselves in our early days”.
The Warrington band were on tour in Sweden when their car plummeted into a canal during a crash on February 13, killing all four band members (Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin) and their manager Craig Tarry.
Speaking to the crowd, Martin said that at this point in their show, the band usually cover ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie but instead, they wanted to do something different.
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Speaking of the band’s accident, Martin said ‘[Coldplay] thought that was just the worst’ before introducing the track. He commented, “We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternative future for them and let them play Glastonbury for a song.”
He added, “this would have been [Viola Beach] in 20 years.” The band then projected a live performance of ‘Boys That Sing’ from Viola Beach, playing alongside the recording.
Before playing, Martin urged the crowd to “send [Boys That Sing] up the charts. A 9-track album from Viola Beach will now be released on July 29 via the band’s own Fuller Beans Records label.
It will include ‘Swings & Waterslides’, which entered the UK Singles Chart following the tragedy, and lead single ‘Boys That Sing’.