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Coldplay bring out special guest during historic Glastonbury set

Coldplay bring out special guest during historic Glastonbury set

Coldplay brought out two surprise guests during their Glastonbury set, giving fans a taste of new music

Coldplay have left fans buzzing by bringing out not one, but two surprise guests as part of their record-breaking Glastonbury performance, with viewers calling them a 'gift'.

The band are performing on the infamous Pyramid Stage to a jam-packed crowd right now, getting things off to a bang with their iconic hit 'Yellow', as well as cranking out the likes of 'Paradise', 'The Scientist', 'Viva La Vida' and 'A Sky Full of Stars'.

Coldplay are playing to a mega crowd at Glasto (BBC)
Coldplay are playing to a mega crowd at Glasto (BBC)

But to turn things up a notch, Chris Martin and Co decided to surprise fans by bringing out Little Simz to perform a new track, rumoured to be titled 'Supernova', before Palestinian-Chilean vocalist Elyanna also joined them on stage.

The surprise performance is sure to have whet fans' appetite for new tunes as well as the old classics as it's straight from the band's upcoming album Moon Music, slated for release on 4 October.

"This new Coldplay, Little Simz & Burna Boy track sounds so good omg," wrote one fan.

"ELYANNA, COLDPLAY AND LITTLE SIMZ. what a gift," raved another.

Meanwhile, a third added: "Little simz on stage with Coldplay. Yeahhh," as a fourth chimed in: "Coldplay bringing out Little Simz. Epic!"

Tonight is a pretty big deal for Coldplay as they actually broke a major music record as soon as they set foot on stage.


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

The band 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.

Before taking to the stage with Coldplay, Little Simz performed a set of her own on the infamous Pyramid Stage, with the British rapper performing hits such as 'Woman', 'Silhouette' and 'Gorilla'.

And there's still a star-studded lineup to come, with the likes of SZA, Shania Twain and Burna Boy all gracing the stage tomorrow (30 June).

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: Jim Dyson/Redferns/Getty Images/LADbible

Topics: Coldplay, Festivals, Glastonbury, Music

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