Coldplay pay tribute to Luton Town at Big Weekend

Coldplay pay tribute to Luton Town at Big Weekend

Danny Fullbrook,BBC News, Bedfordshire

Watch: Coldplay pay tribute to Luton in new song, Orange

Coldplay delighted fans with a special song called Orange dedicated to Luton Town Football Club during their set at Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

The band, fronted by Chris Martin, headlined the festival at Stockwood Park, Luton.

Local football fans had led a campaign to get the band to change the lyrics of their song Yellow to Orange. Instead, Martin performed an ode to the city.

He was referring to the Hatters playing in orange, while the team’s rivals Watford wear yellow.

Coldplay on stage at Big Weekend with orange lights

Chris Martin dedicated a song to Luton Town FC at the end of his performance

During the performance, the frontman told the audience to “trust him” as he began to perform Yellow.

After the hit song, he performed another one before announcing that it was the end of the “official set.”

He then explained to the crowd that a month ago he had heard that people in Luton might be worried if he sang yellow.

To huge cheers, he introduced the new song he said he finished in his hotel room the night before.

The song opens with the lyrics: “It’s tough being a football fan here at Luton Town FC.”

‘The most beautiful night of my life

And he went on to sing: “We didn’t win all our matches, we didn’t win the cup.

“But when you get knocked down at Luton, you always get back up.”

It also mentions the rivalry with Watford and encourages unity among football fans.

Martina Skalecki and her boyfriend watched Coldplay in Luton

Martina Skalecki and her boyfriend watched Coldplay in Luton

Justin Dealey, BBC Three Counties radio presenter, who started the campaign alongside Luton resident Bex Jonessaid, “I knew something special was going to happen.”

Martina Skalecki, who was born in Luton and watched Coldplay with her boyfriend, described it as “the best night of my life”.

“The song he played at the end for Luton was epic,” she added.

“I literally can’t get over it, it was beautiful scenes, it was so beautiful.”


Bhajan said the new song was “amazing”

Luton fan Bhajan admitted he was unaware of the campaign to change the song’s lyrics to yellow, but said it “made sense” given Watford’s rivalry.

He said: “When I found out he had written this new song ‘Orange’ for us, it was incredible.”

Another fan, who wore an orange Luton shirt, joined his family in singing the lyrics, with one expressing shock that “Coldplay said Luton”.

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