Coldplay face intense backlash over Glastonbury headline slot

Feb 17, 2016 at 8:59 a.m. ET
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Coldplay secured a slot on 2016's Super Bowl halftime show, they will soon embark on their A Head Full of Dreams tour and they've got a headline slot at this year's Glastonbury festival, which all sounds pretty promising for one British rock band — except now Glastonbury fans are kicking up a fuss regarding the band's slot.

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There's been some grumbling on Twitter about the music promoter's decision to feature Coldplay.

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Things have been taken a step further now with a petition on change.org entitled "Cancel Coldplay's headline slot and get a rock band." With so many causes in the world to support does this one really need a petition?

The petition wants 500 supporters and it currently has 259, who agree with the creator, Felicity Martin, that it's time to take a stand and "prevent this musical injustice."

"Coldplay are an insult to music fans all over the world. We spend hundreds of pounds to attend glasto, and by doing so, expect a certain level of entertainment," the petition states.

Sure Coldplay's music is not for everyone and we don't all want to be singing "Para-para-paradise" at Glastonbury but, then again, can you name a single artist that is for everyone? Music is subjective and we can't always get what we want. What is troubling about petitions against music acts (this is by no means the first) is the fact that these fans feel they can get what they want and, if they don't, they make a fuss — much like toddlers who don't get the toy they want to play with so they throw it out of the cot, no?

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This particular Coldplay petition does appear to be a joke (although we don't think everyone signing it realises that) as it looks to be modelled on one to ban Kanye West from Glastonbury in 2015 — but the point still stands about petitions to kick musical acts off the stage.

Still upset about the band headlining? This tweet is for you.

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What do you think? Should fans be able to petition against bands that they don't want to see headline music festivals? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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