Watch Coldplay’s dazzling ‘Higher Power’ performance for Radio 1’s Big Weekend

The band played in front of a lit-up, firework-strewn Whitby Abbey

Coldplay performed a set this weekend, including recent single ‘Higher Power’, at a spectacular location for Radio 1‘s Big Weekend 2021.

Playing in front of a lit-up Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire – the monastic ruins that formed the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula – as the sun set in the background, Chris Martin and co.’s performance of the song also boasted a dramatic fireworks display.

Watch the band play ‘Higher Power’ below:


The band joined the likes of Wolf AliceEd Sheeran and Royal Blood on the Big Weekend 2021 bill, with each artist performing their set from a special location of their choosing.

This year’s Big Weekend festival is taking place online for the second consecutive year due to coronavirus-enforced restrictions. It’s being broadcast across BBC Radio 1, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds from Friday (May 28) to Bank Holiday Monday (May 31).

Earlier this week (May 27), James Newman revealed that he received a call from Chris Martin following the former’s nil points loss at Eurovision.

Newman represented the UK with his track ‘Embers’ at last week’s (May 22) Eurovision Song Contest, which ultimately saw Italian band Måneskin take this year’s crown.


“[Chris Martin] told me to not take the result personally, said I was amazing and told me to keep my chin up,” Newman said, adding that he’d “grown up listening to him”.

“He’s an amazing songwriter so it made me feel so much better.”

Coldplay also performed their first-ever live TikTok set on Monday (May 24) to benefit Red Nose Day USA.

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