When we saw Coldplay at Glastonbury in 1999, they were unknown and unsigned, at the bottom of the bill in the New Bands Tent. A mere three years later, they have become Michael Eavis’ favourite band and were hotly tipped to leave Glastonbury 2002 with the sort of legacy that adorn the houses of Pulp, REM, Travis and The Chemical Brothers for historic performances on the Pyramid Stage. That’s a lot of pressure, but as the power chords of new opener ‘Politik’ blasted out, it looked like they might just pull it off.
Coldplay toured for over a year, from June 2002 to September 2003, visiting five continents including co-headlining festival dates at Glastonbury Festival, V2003, and Rock Werchter. The tour showed the band's progression into a bona fide stadium act. Many shows included elaborate lighting and individualised screens reminiscent of U2's Elevation tour. During the extended tour, Coldplay also recorded a live DVD and CD, Live 2003, at Sydney's Horden Pavilion. The compilation featured a new song, "Moses".
Their Friday night headline appearance at Glastonbury 2002 was hailed as the highlight of the festival.
Watch their acoustic set of 'See You Soon' here