Coldplay closes Splendour

Chris Martin from Coldplay perform on Sunday night at Splendour in the Grass, 2011.
Chris Martin from Coldplay perform on Sunday night at Splendour in the Grass, 2011. Splendour in the Grass

THE cold didn’t stop punters from packing into Woodfordia’s Amphitheatre to see Coldplay close Splendour in the Grass.

The British rockers were in top form last night following glowing reports from Glastonbury.

Lead singer Chris Martin’s wife Gwyneth Paltrow was nowhere in sight when the band gathered backstage before their set.

Where Kanye West and Jane’s Addiction had dancers in their shows, Coldplay opted for lasers, glow in the dark paint and a graffitied piano.

The crowd was more than happy to sing happy birthday to drummer Will Champion, who celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday.

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Martin apologised after releasing Champion’s birthday balloons into the sky.

“I shouldn’t have done that. This is an environmentally friendly festival,” he said.

“We travelled all this way and I (expletive) it up with the (expletive) balloons.”

Martin paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse by opening with her song Rehab. He also dedicated The Scientist to fellow Brits Pulp, who played before them at what will possibly be their last Australian show.

“Bands like that should never break up,” said Martin.

Briefly reunited indie rockers Pulp opened their playful show with messages projected by a laser on to a sheer curtain.

They saved their popular song Common People for the end of their set.

It was a British themed evening on the hill with Elbow and The Kaiser Chiefs playing before Pulp.

“To be between Elbow and Pulp is a lot of pressure,” said Kaiser Chefs front man Ricky Wilson before launching into the five-piece’s hit Ruby.

Other highlights from the third and final day of the festival included GROUPLOVE’s Splendour debut, Cloud Control’s second show at Woodford and Drapht’s hits Rapunzel and Jimmy Recard.

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