The ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ hitmakers ‘ who will headline the festival in Somerset, South West England, on Saturday (25.06.11) ‘ admitted nerves are already mounting in anticipation of the event, which they believe is “the mother” of all music events.
Guitarist Jonny Buckland said: “It’s the ultimate festival, the mother of all festivals, the peak, and the one we dreamed of playing when we were kids. I’m already feeling nervous!”
Meanwhile, frontman Chris Martin compared receiving the phone call from Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis asking them to perform to being “asked to dance” by ‘Twilight star Robert Pattinson.
He joked: “It was like getting asked to dance by Robert Pattinson if you’re a young girl.”
Coldplay have performed at the festival four times previously, on smaller stages in 1999 and 2000 and headlining in 2002 and 2005.
The band will appear alongside fellow headliners Beyonce Knowles and U2 over the course of the festival and Jonny joked they are hoping the latter play a set which allows them to eclipse them in terms of performance.
He added to NME magazine: “We’re hoping they’ll do a B-sides and rarities set . with no lights. At least we’re definitely taller than U2, by about a foot.
Coldplay’s new material has evokes a ‘rapturous’ response from fans.
The ‘Viva La Vida’ hitmakers debuted several new tracks at Germany’s Rock Am Ring festival on Saturday (04.06.11), including single ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’, and previously-unheard songs ‘Us Against The World’, ‘Hurts Like Heaven’, ‘Major Minus’ and ‘Cartoon Hearts’, with the band overjoyed with the reception they received.
Their roadie wrote on the band’s official blog: “I can’t work out whether Saturday was great because it was a superb crowd, because the band had really hit a stride, or just because I’d made it through the stress and finally felt like I could look up and take in my surroundings.
“I suspect, as ever, that it’s a combination of factors. Whichever way though, it was a bona fide blinder. I’m also not sure if the new stuff has made it around the internet after the first show, or whether folks were genuinely greeting it rapturously on very first listen.
“Whatever is going on here though, feels pretty good to me.”
Among the new tracks played by the group, uptempo song ‘Charlie Brown’ received a particularly good response from the crowd.
The roadie added: “If a wildlife documentary showed you a species gathering together in tens of thousands to sing and dance together, it would be gripping, unmissable television.
“I looked out from the side of the stage on Saturday and saw the Rock Am Ring crowd going pleasingly berserk to ‘Charlie Brown’ and couldn’t help but be astonished.”
The ‘Elevation’ group are headlining the festival this year for the first time ever – after having to pull out of its 40th anniversary in 2010 – and bassist Adam Clayton says they will be “sneaking in” some of the huge pyrotechnics from their 360 Degree world tour for the stage show.
He said: “It’s very un-Glastonbury to have a big production, but we will be sneaking a few things in through the back gate which will hopefully make the experience a little more like Glastonbury on steroids.
“We’re stretching the levels of what can be done. We hope to create a mind blowing experience that reacts well with all the other substances involved.”
The rocker also hinted the group’s set for the British festival will include hits from their celebrated 1991 album ‘Achtung Baby’ album, in honour of its 20th anniversary.
He added: “We want to go back to our 90s work that plays into a certain kind of psychedelia and do something tailored around that, from the Zoo TV to PopMart. This is the 20th anniversary of ‘Achtung Baby’ so there’s a nice connection there and we thought we should mark that.”
U2 headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage on Friday June 24. The festival,which runs until June 26, will also see headline sets from Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles.
The US alternative rock event brings together three of the biggest acts on the planet to play in Chicago from August 5 to 7 this year. Organiser Perry Farrell, of the band Jane’s Addiction, told Rolling Stone magazine: “I wish I was 20, but unfortunately it’s my festival that’s 20. I just feel so fortunate that I was able to make something so wonderful for the musicians and the audience.
“It’s just astounding where it has evolved to. In 1991, we had seven groups and we were performing on dirt fields.”
Other acts confirmed for the festival include Cee Lo Green, Arctic Monkeys, Deftones, Tinie Tempah, deadmau5 and Muse.
Lollapalooza was one of the first events to offer a diverse bill to fans, with heavy metal, punk, dance and hip-hop acts all playing on
the same stage, and it has often found and championed upcoming bands, giving them one of the first breaks of their career.
Speaking of his eclectic choice of who plays, Perry added: “A lot of this music – we’ll call it festival music – it’s still not popular
“If you look at pop, pop is one thing. Festival music is another, and it still holds true that we’re looking to book acts that are
critically acclaimed and have credibility. It’s just very interesting that it’s become its own working organism.”
The festival has also greatly expanded during its twenty years and now boasts over 100 acts playing over its three days on its main and newly added dance stages.
Glastonbury festival has announced its full festival line up, confirming U2, Coldplay and Beyonce Knowles as this year’s headliners.
The festival confirmed the line-ups for 15 stages which will run over the three main days it takes place, June 24 to 26, in Somerset, Southern England.
U2 are headlining the main Pyramid stage after pulling out last year after lead singer Bono hurt his back. Coldplay will headline for the first time since 2005, while Beyonce will be playing at the festival for the first time.
The ‘Single Ladies’ hitmaker has previously said she is looking forward to her performance, saying: “I’m pumped just thinking about that huge audience and soaking up their energy.
‘This really is the biggest festival in the world and I cannot wait to perform.”
It has also been rumoured today she will be joined onstage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, his wife Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Jay-Z.
Also appearing on the Pyramid stage over the weekend are Morrissey, Elbow, Biffy Clyro, Wu Tang Clan, Two Door Cinema Club, Paolo Nutini, Tinie Tempah and Plan B among many other acts.
The Other Stage ‘ the second largest’ will be headlined by Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers and Queens of the Stone Age, and will also see appearances from Mumford and Sons, White Lies, Kaiser Chiefs and Eels.
Other stages include the rap, hip hop and soul of the West Holts stage, which has performances by Cee Lo Green, Kool and The Gang, Chase and Status and Jimmy Cliff.
The alternative John Peel stage will have DJ Shadow, Glasvegas and The Streets performing, while other stages include The Park, Acoustic, East Dance and Oxlyers In West.
For a full list of artists performing at the event, visit glastonburyfestivals.co.uk
Coldplay’s new album is “developing a recognisable form”. The ‘Viva La Vida’ group – comprising Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Will Champion and Jonny Buckland – are presently working on their long-awaited fifth album in London and a source close to them says the tracks are now taking shape.
The band’s Roadie #42 blog explained: “Back in the studio, the songs are now very much pushing their heads above the soil and straining towards the light.
“I suspect the band has had a reasonable idea all along of how things will feel when they’re finished.
“There’s been much chiselling and smoothing and now things are really developing a recognisable form and an emotional resonance.”
The recording sessions ‘ overseen by producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs ‘ are even at the stage where the group are recording vocals, with the blog adding: ‘There’s no better aural equivalent of the bursting growth of spring than the laying on of backing vocals.
‘The fellas are gathered around the mic for much of the time. It’s a tremendous thing to get close up to.
“When the guys are belting it out with the track on headphones, all that can be heard in the room is the blast of harmonies. It’s huge, powerful and yet completely unaided by technology, just a pure, organic human bloom.”
The album is yet to have a release date confirmed.
Coldplay roadie Matt McGinn has revealed the 38-year-old actress ‘ who is married to the band’s frontman Chris Martin ‘ was surprised when he said sorry to her after making a joke about her then-boyfriend.
In an extract from his new book ‘Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay’, he revealed: “Gwyneth asked me, ‘Are you the Matt that plays guitar on ‘Yellow’? Wow, I thought. A proper actress has heard of me. ‘Yeah, that’s right’. ‘Well, it sounds great!’ Bless her. I was lost for a moment, so ‘ for better or worse ‘ I decided to act cocky, since the only alternative would have been to go bright red.
“It was a big gamble, but I went with, ‘Cheers. So, do you think I play it better than your boyfriend?’ It hit the spot; she laughed. ‘Afterwards I felt a bit guilty for throwing a nice compliment back in her face, and said sorry a few days later; but she brushed it off and asked, ‘Why are English guys always apologising?’ ‘
Matt has nothing but praise for Gwyneth ‘ who now has two children, Apple, six, and Moses, four, with Chris – and says the Oscar-winning star is “just a normal girl”.
He added: “Obviously, when I got home and saw my pals again for a pint, one of the first things they asked was, ‘Well then, did you meet Gwyneth? What’s she like? Yeah I did. And she’s great. She’s just a normal girl, really. Well, except for the rock star husband.”
The actress unveiled her voice in the movie ‘Country Strong’ and has impressed in recent months with a series of live performances leading to her to start negotiations with Atlantic Records about releasing a country album. A source told the New York Post newspaper: ‘Gwyneth’s agents have been talking to a number of labels about landing her a substantial record deal. Those who have heard the music say it’s country pop. In recent weeks there have been discussions with Atlantic. Gwyneth is a very different name for Atlantic, and one who brings a lot of recognition.” If she does sign, the ‘Iron Man ‘ star would be able to count Sean Paul, B.o.B, James Blunt and Kid Rock among her label mates. Gwyneth ‘ who is married to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin ‘ most recently performed at the Oscars, singing a rendition of nominated song ‘Coming Home’ from ‘Country Strong’. She also duetted with Cee Lo Green at the Grammy Awards, with the pair performing a version of his hit ‘Forget You’. At the Oscars last month, the 38-year-old blonde revealed she wanted to work with Jay-Z ‘ who she and Chris are close friends with. In an interview on the red carpet, she said: “I think Jay-Z and I would be a good combination. He is a genius – and I’m his biggest fan.”
Guitarist The Edge revealed the Irish group will top the main stage on the Friday night of the iconic event in June, a year after they were forced to pull out due to a back injury to lead singer Bono.
In a video speech played at the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London shortly after Glastonbury was named Best Festival last night (23.02.11) he said: “Congratulations to [organisers] Michael and Emily Eavis and the rest of the team for the continued success of Glastonbury. It’s more a way of life than a festival.
“U2 will be playing on June 24. And we’re so excited to get to play in front of the world’s greatest festival audience. We’ll see you there!”
The guitarist also talked about his special guest appearance with rockers Muse at the festival last year, where he joined the band on the main Pyramid stage, saying: “I have to say there is something really special and iconic about that stage. So, we’re all looking forward to coming back to pick up where I left off.”
2011 will be U2′s first ever time performing at the festival, and the group are expected to play the track ‘Glastonbury’, which they had written especially for their performance last year.
Coldplay and Beyonce have already been confirmed as the other headliners of the event.
Tickets for the festival, which runs from Wednesday 22 to Sunday 26 June, have sold out.
Coldplay have been approaching new songs ‘as though they are a metal band’. The group ‘ comprising Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Will Champion and Jonny Buckland ‘ are presently working on their long-awaited fifth album and love experimenting with playing them in different ways, with often surprising results. Their Roadie #42 blog explained: ‘Chris suggests playing a gorgeous melody as though they are a metal band. The first stab at this is predictably (and intentionally) comedic. ‘They pursue it though, playing one section over and over in a loop, varying the dynamic from pin drop quiet to aggressive and bolshy. They move through the transitions as one unit, as though someone is pressing their foot smoothly on some huge gas pedal somewhere.’ Ash frontman Tim Wheeler has been working with the ‘Fix you’ hitmakers on an as-yet unnamed track, and the roadie revealed the music he completed with the band was based on a small improvisation the ‘Oh Yeah’ singer came up with when practicing. The blog explained: ‘Tim straps on a guitar and jumps into the day’s tune. He’s fiddling around at the top of the neck, looking for melodies, just throwing out streams of notes. ‘Chris starts to call over the mic ‘What was that?’. He sings a tiny snippet of something that Tim played only once – almost as something to just get his fingers moving. ‘t’s such a tiny cluster of notes that for a while it’s unclear where they should fall in the chord sequence until finally they drop into place and twinkle like they’ve been there all along, just waiting to be discovered.’