Coldplay on playing Super Bowl 50: ‘It’s so big, you can’t even begin to think about it’

The Londoners will perform the iconic Super Bowl half time show tonight

Coldplay have spoken to NME about their expectations ahead of playing the Super Bowl halftime show, which will take place in the early hours of tomorrow morning (February 8) UK time (kick off between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos is at 11.30 pm UK time this evening).

Jonny Buckland and Will Champion spoke to NME ahead of their performance, describing the chance to play the high-profile show as “surreal.”

“It felt pretty good,” Buckland said about being asked. “Will and I went to it last year, to watch the game. It’s so big that you can’t even begin to think about it.”

Champion describes the gig as “slightly terrifying,” but also as “a huge opportunity. A lot of our favourite bands or acts have done it. It’s a bit too big to comprehend. We’re treating it as ‘we’ve got twelve minutes to play, let’s try and do as well as we can’. So much goes into it, but it’s one of those things where you never really know what’s going to happen on the day.”

Both admitted to being nervous about the performance.

Watch Buckland and Champion talk to NME about their Super Bowl appearance below:

The half time show is a long-standing tradition on Super Bowl Sunday, with previous performers in recent years including Beyonce, Katy Perry, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna and The Who. The short sets see members of the crowd allowed onto the pitch, and feature between four and eight tracks, depending on the amount of medleys and how quickly the stage can be put together.

Beyonce and Bruno Mars are expected to join Coldplay for tonight’s performance at the Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Metallica already played a ‘pre-Super Bowl’ show last night, as headliners of an annual ‘night before’ event.

In the UK, the Super Bowl is being shown on BBC 2, with coverage starting at 11pm. Last year’s worldwide audience for American football’s headline event was estimated at 160 million.