Coldplay singer Chris Martin helped convince Beyonce Knowles to appear at Glastonbury.
The ‘Run the World (Girls)’ singer was apprehensive about signing up for the festival – one of the Europe’s biggest – after her husband, Jay-Z’s, inclusion on the 2008 bill proved controversial, but Chris helped talk her round, according to co-organiser Emily Eavis.
She told Radio Times magazine: “Chris is a bit wary of people knowing he’s been so involved. I don’t know why because it’s actually cool.
“Chris is as loyal as they come – he’ll do anything for Glastonbury. He’s really an unlikely frontman. Most people are a bit more all-consumed with their own thing.”
Emily invited Jay-Z to perform at the festival, and although his set was hailed a success, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher had complained hip hop at the festival was “wrong”, prompting a media storm.
Emily said while Beyonce – who releases her new album ‘4’ next week – has been keen to play since she saw Jay perform, they had to book her as early as possible.
Emily added: “Luckily, we spoke to Beyonce before she planned her tour this year, so she managed to put Glastonbury in her schedule, then build a European tour around it.”
Glastonbury festival starts on Wednesday (22.06.11) and sees headline sets from Coldplay, U2 and Beyonce.
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