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24 June 2017, 11:33
We remember when Chris Martin and co. gave the late Warrington band the chance to headline the festival.
Midway through Coldplay’s headline set on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Chris Martin announced that the band would normally play David Bowie’s Heroes to pay tribute to the late icon who died on 10 January that year.
However, instead the frontman remembered the young Warrington band, who tragically died in a car accident in Sweden on 13 February, along with their manager Craig Tarry.
Watch the moment again here:
Comparing the band to a young Coldplay, who first played the festival back in 2000, Martin said: “We’d like to create Viola Beach’s alternate history and let them headline Glastonbury for one song tonight.”
He then announced that Coldplay would perform Viola Beach’s single Boys That Sing, adding: “Let’s send it up the charts tomorrow.”
The screens then showed a film of the band performing their track, with Coldplay joining in on the chorus.
Boys That Sing was the lead single from Viola Beach’s posthumous album, which ended up scoring a UK No.1. The album also included their single from August 2015, Swings And Waterslides.
At the time, Radio X hosted a very special album playback featuring tributes from their friends and family, as well as fellow musicians.
Listen to it again below: