Coldplay brought Glastonbury Festival 2016 to a close last night (June 26) with a predictably epic set, filled with their best hits, confetti, fireworks and some special surprise guests.
The most touching and heartwarming moment, though, came when Chris Martin explained that, while they usually play a tribute to David Bowie during their set, they would instead use the Pyramid Stage to honour Viola Beach.
The band - Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin - and their manager, Craig Tarry, tragically died in February when their car plunged more than 80ft into a canal in Sweden.
Speaking to the crowd about Viola Beach, a ‘beautiful young band’, Chris explained that the four-piece had reminded Coldplay of themselves and “of all the other bands that come through here, the excitement and the joy and the hope and we really felt that in them.”
Saying that Coldplay thought the band’s tragic accident was ‘the worst’, Chris went on to explain: “We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternate future for them and let them headline Glastonbury for a song.”
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As he introduced the song they were going to perform, Viola Beach’s ‘Boys That Sing’, Chris added that ‘this is maybe what would have been [the band] in 20 years’, and encouraged everyone to send the song up the charts after the show.
Footage of the band playing the song live was then projected behind Coldplay, who played alongside it.
Many took to social media during the performance to praise Coldplay for delivering such a beautiful tribute.