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The band’s first ever television appearance. Jools Holland is a huge figure in British music television. His “Later With..” show has run since 1992 and is known for putting on both brand new talent and legends from throughout music history.

Something of a nerve wracking affair, the show bases itself entirely on live performance, with no lip-syncing and no gimmicks. This would be fine, of course, but each episode puts half a dozen artists in a circle, all playing in front of each other. Not only are bands playing to a studio and television audience, but also to a room full of other musicians – often the most intimidating audience there is.

It puts everyone under the microscope and that pressure has yielded some stunning performances over the years.

The band have, of course, been back on the show with every album. But my guess would be the nerves and the excitement of their first time were never topped.


Welcome to the Coldplay Timeline

The Coldplay Timeline is a living history of the band, from their first rehearsal in 1998 to the present day. It allows you to relive their story via exclusive videos, audio, photos, blogs, interviews and handwritten notes.

There are two ways to use the site. You’ll begin at the chronological Timeline view, where you can scroll down through the years. Or, switch to Map view and see all the items with locations mapped out.

On both views, you can filter by Category and/or by Era – allowing you to search for, say, all of the video content from the X&Y era.

You can add to the Timeline too, by uploading your pictures from shows you’ve attended. We’ll also add more content over the coming days, weeks and months.

We really hope you enjoy exploring the Timeline. But if you spot any issues – or just want to give us some feedback – then drop us a line via the Contact form.