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Glastonbury viewers left stunned by Coldplay crowd that is giving ‘biggest ever’ a ‘run for its money’

Glastonbury viewers left stunned by Coldplay crowd that is giving ‘biggest ever’ a ‘run for its money’

Coldplay could be making history in more than one way tonight with their Glastonbury set

Let's be honest, British crowds are some of the best in the world when it comes to conjuring up a stellar atmosphere at a music event.

Whether it's a festival or an intimate gig, it's safe to say us Brits know how to have a good time.

But it looks like Coldplay's Glasto crowd could be one for the books as viewers piled on the praise while watching the festival at home.

The band are on the jam-packed Pyramid Stage for their headline slot this evening (29 June), getting things off to a bang with their iconic hit 'Yellow', as well as cranking out the likes of 'Paradise' and 'The Scientist'.

Coldplay are back at Glasto. (BBC)
Coldplay are back at Glasto. (BBC)

But fans couldn't help but notice the crowd too, saying it could be even bigger and better than the 'largest crowd ever'.

Now, when I say 'largest crowd', I'm referring to Elton John's iconic Glasto set last year, which left some people wondering whether he'd managed to attract the biggest audience in the festival's history.

Estimates suggested the crowd could have exceeded 100,000 people, with a record 7.6 million tuning in to watch the set on BBC.

The British singing legend took to the Pyramid stage to delight fans with performances of his greatest hits, including 'Saturday', 'Candle In the Wind', and 'Benny and The Jets'.

But it looks like Coldplay could have beaten the gargantuan crowd tonight, at least according to fans at home.

"That crowd for Coldplay… giving elton a run for his money #glasto," wrote one stunned viewer.

That's one massive crowd. (BBC)
That's one massive crowd. (BBC)

"The crowd is even bigger than I thought it would be for Coldplay! Got to be close to the Elton crowd last year? What an incredible sight," added another, while a third said: "The size of the crowd."

To be fair, this could be in part due to the notorious LED wristbands that the band have been making use of since their 2012 Mylo Xyloto Tour, with the likes of Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga following suit by incorporating the tech into their own concerts.

The idea is that the wristbands - which are handed out to audience members before the show - light up in various colours throughout the gig which no doubt adds to the atmosphere, as well as being a generally impressive spectacle.

Of course, we'll have to wait for the official figures to come out to get a true idea of how many music fanatics are in that giant crowd tonight - though we can safely assume it's s**t tons.

Tonight marks a major point in Coldplay's career as they've actually broken a major music record with their set.

This is the band's fifth time headlining Glasto, meaning they've overtaken The Cure to be the act to headline Glastonbury the most amount of times.

Coldplay made their Glasto debut way back when in '99, going from humble beginnings in the New Band Tent to the big boy Pyramid Stage, topping the bill in 2002, 2005, 2011 and 2016 respectively.

The most iconic Glastonbury moments

2000: The year that nearly killed Glasto

It was all okay in the end. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
It was all okay in the end. (Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

While Glasto has always had people attempting to gatecrash, 24 years ago gatecrashers descended the infamous festival in record numbers.

It was so bad it resulted in the festival being cancelled the following year as ticketless punters swarmed the site, with fears at the time the chaos could kill off the festival altogether.

Luckily, as we know, Glasto is still going strong. Speaking to the Guardian in 2020, the festival's co-creator Michael Eavis explained: "The fence wasn’t good enough, the security was crap. So I was hauled over the coals by the police, who said: "You’ve got to get someone to organise your show. You’re a nice bloke and all that, but you couldn’t arrange something in a brewery, you know the saying?

"I said: ‘Fair enough. At least I can be guaranteed to get 150,000 people at the drop of a hat – I did get the knack of that!’”

The set that turned Coldplay into megastars

The set helped turn Coldplay into megastars. (BBC)
The set helped turn Coldplay into megastars. (BBC)

Back in 2002, the ‘Fix You’ hitmakers won fans over as they played tunes from their upcoming second album.

Apparently, the band’s agent didn’t feel they were ready for it at the time, but Eavis insisted they headlined.

And I’m sure they’re glad they listened seeing as they’ve now got nine studio albums under their belt and millions in the bank, with their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour having grossed more than half a billion dollars in its two-year run. Impressive.

Jay-Z playing Oasis on the Pyramid Stage

He hit back in the best way. (BBC)
He hit back in the best way. (BBC)

It was the feud no one saw coming, but in 2008 rapper Jay-Z responded to Noel Gallagher slagging off having ‘hip hop at Glastonbury’ in the most hilarious way.

The star opened up his infamous headlining set on the pyramid stage playing his own version of ‘Wonderwall’, which went down a treat with fans and spawned one of the most iconic moments in Glasto history.

The muddiest year ever

It was pure carnage. (BBC)
It was pure carnage. (BBC)

Britain isn’t exactly known for its glorious sunshine and I think that’s especially the case when it comes to festivals, which often see punters squelching through mud in their wellies, pint in hand.

Glasto in particular has become synonymous with being pretty muddy, but 2016 really took the biscuit. Even the festival’s boss said ’in all 46 years, it hasn’t been as bad as this’ as things became an absolute logistical nightmare after weeks of rainfall beforehand.

The scenes were chaotic, to say the least. Festival-goers were filmed diving into the mud and struggling to wade through gloop in such a way that made going for a pint like climbing Mount Everest. Generally, everyone was just really trying not to fall on their ars*s.

It wasn’t a pretty sight, but of course Brits still managed to embrace the music and the photos and videos have since gone down in the Glasto history books.

The Killers' secret set

The band performed again in 2019. (BBC)
The band performed again in 2019. (BBC)

The iconic band decided to take a more chilled approach to festival life by taking over the secret act slot on the John Peel stage in 2017.

However, as is usually the case with 'secret' gigs, word spread quickly as fans flooded to the stage in their droves to catch the band in action.

It was a far cry from their previous Glasto performance, which saw their headline show become marred with serious technical issues which majorly affected the sound.

Kylie's long-awaited headline set

Kylie's set broke records. (BBC)
Kylie's set broke records. (BBC)

In 2019 Kylie Minogue set the pyramid stage alight for her headline set, but she was actually meant to grace the stage much sooner.

14 years earlier, the pop princess was forced to cancel her slot after being diagnosed with breast cancer, making her appearance on the stage even more special for both her and fans.

Her set ended up being crowned the most-watched in Glastonbury’s history, raking in 3.9million watching at its peak, beating the likes of Ed Sheeran, Adele and even Beyoncé.

Alex from Glasto

A meme was born. (BBC)
A meme was born. (BBC)

That same year, rapper Dave created probably one of the most meme-able Glasto moments when he brought a bloke called Alex on stage to perform ‘Thiago Silva’ with him, which he absolutely nailed.

Safe to say the moment went viral, with the then 15-year-old becoming known as 'Alex from Glasto'.

It's no surprise really given his unreal rapping skills and the fact that he was donning a bucket hat, FILA bag and Paris Saint-Germain shirt. Brilliant.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Coldplay, Music, Glastonbury, Festivals