21 oracle items tagged as glastonbury
April 23, 2015 / submitted by Laurie, Canada
Q.  Hey Oracle, Hope you are doing great! A good while back you answered a question with regards to a video of The Scientist, performed at Glastonbury 2005. The band as you recall took crowd pics after the song.
Any ideas what sites they may have shown up on, would really love to see them.

I've never seen those photos published anywhere. As you may know, the band took photos on disposable cameras during the Twisted logic Tour and threw the cameras out into the crowd. Goodness knows who caught them and where - if anywhere - the photos appeared. I'm sure some will have made their way online.
Perhaps we should start a campaign to track them down?

July 10, 2014 / submitted by Pedro, Peru
Q.  Hi Oracle!

When was the first time that Coldplay performed in Glastonbury? Who was more excited about it?

The band's debut Glastonbury appearance was first on, Sunday 27 June on the John Peel Stage. They were all nervous and excited even though they had a panic situation before they performed.
Jonny: "Our tour manager, Jeff Dray, dropped us off at the wrong site entrance 10 minutes before we were due on stage.
Although the 2 mile run banished our first Glastonbury nerves, I did get a cramp halfway through the set."

Here's the hand-written proposed set list.
It was sunny and therefore Only Superstition was the closer.

The following year, the band played the Other Stage on Saturday 24 June after Toploader and before David Gray. Two years later, they headlined the Pyramid Stage on the Friday night.

March 19, 2014 / submitted by Maggie, United States of America
Q.  Oracle, are you aloud to give me any information on whether or not Coldplay will be performing at Glastonbury 2014? It is a dream of mine to see them live at Glastonbury.

Maggie S.

You may not know but Glastonbury do not reveal the full line-up until nearer the time.
I can tell you that Arcade Fire. Dolly Parton, Lily Allen, Disclosure & Blondie are but Coldplay are definitely not playing Glasto this summer.

February 24, 2014 / submitted by Lucas, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was wondering what was the most exciting moment in the career of Coldplay or the time when they felt most grateful? It was at a concert or maybe some Grammy Award?
Thank you so much, and much love to all!!

There have been so many moments: their first NME / Melody Maker review (especially the former's new band to watch for 1999 piece), Parachutes debuting at #1, their first Brit Award, their first Glastonbury headline, their first Grammy... The list is endless and continues to grow.

November 11, 2013 / submitted by Kristin, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle,

Could you tell me more about Glastonbury? I really want to go someday, it looks like so much fun! Is there any way to know, when the time comes, what bands (Coldplay) will play at the festival? (: Thanks!!

Love always,

Glastonbury don't announce their full line-up until the tickets are sold out so I can't help you with who is or isn't playing - or indeed who may / may not. Michael Eavis has said that the 2014 headliners have never played the festival before which is obviously attracting speculation. Whoever they are, they're only 3 of several hundred acts on the bill.
It's worth getting a ticket as I'm sure once the acts are announced you'll find plenty to get excited about.

The actual festival is unlike any other. I can only describe it as fields that become a village with a population of 135,000 for a few days. There is SO much to do that I doubt you could scratch the surface.
Aside from the main stages (Pyramid, Second, John Peel) there are many more where you can listen to some incredible music.
Also part of Glastonbury's wonder are the other areas to discover.
It's a truly special experience and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it.

October 8, 2013 / submitted by Peter , United Kingdom
Q.  I was just wandering if Coldplay will ever do a gig in Bath like at The Rec (home of Bath Rugby) like Westlife did or if not anywhere in the West Country.

Coldplay have performed in Bath but granted it was a long time ago. They played at Bath Pavilion on 24 June, 2002 as part of a mini tour to warm-up pre-Glastonbury. It was partly because A Rush Of Blood To The Head hadn't yet been released and this was a way of getting the new songs heard ahead of the festival as well as practicing them live in front of an audience.

September 3, 2013 / submitted by Greg, United States of America
Q.  The band played Glastonbury in 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2011 to kickstart that campaigns for the albums released in those years. This beckons (yes, I use this word because of the song AROBTTH, used incorrectly?) the question of why Viva was left out. There was a festival that year, and it would've been a banger of a show. Was it simply because they weren't invited, or did they choose to not go?

Although the band played Glastonbury the years you mention, it's not quite as you say. They certainly didn't play because they had albums due out but it made sense to play when they did have new music coming.
Their first appearance was in 1999 (first band on the Sunday on the John Peel Stage / new bands tent).
The following year they were invited to play the Second Stage and yes, it was good timing with the release of their debut album, Parachutes (July).
Their first headline in 2002 was initially an invite for Saturday but they were keen to close the first night. Coldplay felt very strongly about not headlining too soon. In fact, Michael & Emily Eavis persuaded the band to take the top spot as they were rather reluctant.
2002 was an interesting year because AROBTTH was behind schedule. Its release was originally pencilled in for June but due to its delay, the Glastonbury set was songs from Parachutes and new material that hardly anyone knew. There was a mini UK warm-up tour before the festival but the performance went down brilliantly considering AROBTTH wasn't released until the end of August.
Of course MX hadn't been released when they played the storming set in 2011 - voted the top Glastonbury moment by BBC Radio listeners - but they had a larger catalogue by then.
There was only the 2005 appearance that the album (X&Y) was released before the festival.

As you say, 2008 was the year Viva was released and there was no show at Glasto (I'm a poet & I didn't know it) but the band were also conscious they didn't want to appear every year. They LOVE Glastonbury festival but obviously had to say "no" a couple of times.

April 2, 2013 / submitted by Tim, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Why is Coldplay not performing at Glastonbury this year? They are always there!
Also where do I send my fan mail to Coldplay? I am going to England this fall. What areas of the UK do you love to go to? I have to do to a Manchester United football game! LOVE THEM!!!
Tim( who is pretending he is from England).

They are far from always there. Their first appearance was as a new band in the John Peel Tent*, 1999. The year after they performed on the Other Stage. They first headlined on the Pyramid Stage in 2002 and again in 2005. They didn't play the festival again until 2011 where they headlined on the Saturday night.

We don't have a fan mail address but there's a contact button on this site - the band don't read/reply to those personally though.

Without knowing how long you're in England it's hard to suggest places. If you're going to Old Trafford I would say go a little further north to The Lake District. There are plenty of beautiful places of interest in the UK so you won't be short of things to see.

*It was called The New Bands Tent at the time, later renamed to John Peel Tent in honour of the radio DJ who championed new music. Incidentally, the bands playing the tent weren't always "new" bands playing for the first time.

March 20, 2013 / submitted by Beth, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle:) I heard a rumor that Coldplay will be playing at Glastonbury this year, is it true?

The thing with Glastonbury is there are always going to be rumours of who will be playing every year. I don't know who starts them but as we played the last one (2011)...
The line-up is only announced when it's sold out - which it is - but apart from Emily Eavis confirming that Daft Punk are not performing there's been no other official word yet. Before that starts a frenzy of folk thinking Coldplay are going to appear, that's how rumours could start! As you know, the band are not touring and the MX tour is over. They're not planning on playing at any festivals.

February 25, 2013 / submitted by Piyush, India
Q.  Hi

Was Shiver the first song ever performed at Glastonbury 2000? I'm looking for a setlist from that concert.

No. Spies was the first song performed that day.
The setlist was:
Spies, Don't Panic, High Speed, Shiver, Trouble, Yellow, Everything's Not Lost and You Only Live Twice (with a Goldfinger outro finish).