Glastonbury 2016: Coldplay to headline Sunday night

The band will now have headlined the festival more times than any other act in its history 

Clarisse Loughrey
Tuesday 16 February 2016 10:56
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Coldplay are set to headline 2016's Glastonbury festival
Coldplay are set to headline 2016's Glastonbury festival

Coldplay has been chosen to headline Glastonbury 2016's Sunday night slot, making them the first act to ever headline the festival four times.

The band previously topped the bill in 2002, 2005, and 2011. Though this year's slot marks the band's only major festival appearance outside of Radio 1's Big Weekend, the group will also be undertaking a worldwide stadium tour in promotion of their new album A Head Full of Dreams in the coming months.

This includes two nights at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, one night at Hampden Park in Glasgow, and four nights at London's Wembley Stadium. Sure, Coldplay has become a largely divisive band in recent years; yet, this news is a reminder the group are still capable of landing widespread popular success.

The Glastonbury slot follows hot on the heels of the band's high-profile appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show, though viewers seemed to largely agree they'd been somewhat pushed aside in light of Beyoncé's incredible live performance of 'Formation'.


Elsewhere, the band are set to be awarded a Godlike Genius award at this year's NME awards; alongside a performance slot at next week's Brit Awards, taking place 24 February, in which they've been nominated both for Best British album and Best British Group.

The other headliners have yet to be announced, though possible candidates are Foo Fighters, Muse, Adele, and The Stone Roses.

Glastonbury takes place from Thursday 23 June to Sunday 26 June.

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