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Coldplay named best festival band

Coldplay are the best band in the world when it comes to pleasing the music-loving festival crowd.
That is according to a recent survey, which placed the British band at the top of the pile.
The band, which boasts a string of hits including Yellow, Sparks, The Scientist and Viva La Vida, secured 22.7 per cent of the vote in the poll carried out by BBC 6 Music.
It comes after the band headlined both T In The Park and Glastonbury this year.
Coldplay were the clear winners, with US rockers The National second-placed with 14.2 per cent of the vote, narrowly beating Muse (13.9 per cent) into third place.
However, despite the band’s success, drummer Will Champion revealed the group’s apprehension when it comes to playing large shows.
While telling the BBC that festival slots give the band a chance to “win people over”, he said some sections of the crowd have already formed their opinions.
“There’s also a strong possibility that people have already made their mind up about you and no matter how well you play they’re not going to be happy about it,” he said.
Champion also admitted that playing big shows and music festivals gives him sleepless nights as he is often left on stage on his own in front of thousands of people.
“They [nightmares] took the place of the ‘I’m late for an exam’ dreams,” he told Steve Lamacq.
“The whole band come on … and then they walk off and I’m left carrying the can, just playing a drum solo. Awful.”
Along with bassist Guy Berryman, guitarist Jonny Buckland and front man Chris Martin, Champion is poised to release the band’s fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto.
After playing some tracks at recent shows, the quartet will hope this record has the same success as their back catalogue, which includes Parachutes, A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y and Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

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