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Coldplay pay tribute to Viola Beach, cover “Boys That Sing” at Glastonbury — watch

"We're going to create Viola Beach's alternative future for them and let them play Glastonbury for a song."

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Photo by Robert Altman

During their Glastonbury set over the weekend, Coldplay paid tribute to English outfit Viola Beach, whose four members were killed in February after their tour van drove off a bridge. Chris Martin & co. projected a video of Viola Beach performing their single “Boys That Sing” and soon after joined in to cover the track.

According to Martin, the late band “reminded us of ourselves in our early days.” Acknowledging that Viola Beach were still very early on their careers when they passed, he said, “We’re going to create Viola Beach’s alternative future for them and let them play Glastonbury for a song,” adding, “This would have been [Viola Beach] in 20 years.”

Check out footage of the tribute above.

Revisit Viola Beach’s original version:

Viola Beach’s debut album will be posthumously released on July 29th.

Coldplay’s set was just one of the many highlights at Glastonbury 2016. Bon Iver and James Blake teamed up onstage for their collaborative track “I Need A Forest Fire”; The Last Shadow Puppets covered David Bowie, and Vince Staples and Blake performed a new take on The Colour in Anything track “Timeless”.

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