Viola Beach: Coldplay pay tribute at Glastonbury

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It’s almost 20 years since Coldplay were not only newcomers but also an actual independent band. They released their first EP on Fierce Panda way back in 1997. Whether you like them now or not, apparently they haven’t forgotten where they came having played Glastonbury’s necwomer stage many years ago.

Yesterday night, when the headlined this year’s Glastonbury Festival, they paid tribute to Warrington band Viola Beach who tragically passed away in a car accident earlier this year.

Instead of covering Heroes (by David Bowie), Chris Martin commented, Coldplay wanted to give Viola Beach a posthumous chance to headline Glastonbury. Footage of Viola Beach playing Boys That Sing was shown on a gigantic screen while Coldplay stood by and watched.

A 9-track album from Viola Beach will now be released on July 29 via the band’s own Fuller Beans Records label.

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Deborah Jacobs

Music blogger by night, SEO by day. Started Indie is not a Genre in 2011, will always prefer live music over recordings and intimate pub gigs over arena shows.

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