Portishead’s Geoff Barrow: ‘Coldplay’s fireworks ruin festivals’

Producer/musician also slams Bruno Mars in festival rant

Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow has hit out at Coldplay and the “fucking fireworks” they let off during their live appearances.

Asked by Pitchfork what his least favourite thing about playing a European festival was, Barrow replied: “Playing next to Coldplay, with their water cannons or fucking fireworks or whatever the fuck it is. Come on.”

Portishead played before Coldplay at Rock Werchter in Belgium earlier this month (July 2) and then occupied the same slot at Main Square Festival in Arras, France the following evening (3).


Barrow also singled out Bruno Mars for criticism, arguing that Portishead should not be appearing on the same bill as the ‘Grenade’ singer.

Barrow said:

You just go, ‘How the fuck did we get on the same bill as him?’ And then you realise that if you’re playing the same bill as those people, then it’s the right festival for them and the wrong festival for you. You should move. It’s not them.

Portishead are due to play at the second night of their All Tomorrow’s Parties offshoot I’ll Be Your Mirror tonight (July 24).

Beach House, Grinderman, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Swans are among the other bands on the bill, which Portishead curated.

The events are named ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ after the B-side to The Velvet Underground‘s song from which All Tomorrow’s Parties takes its name.


The festival will also take place in the US Asbury Park in New Jersey on October 1 and 2, before Portishead play a dozen dates across North America.

For more information, visit ATPfestival.com