Portishead's Geoff Barrow has hit out at Coldplay and the "fucking fireworks" they let off during their live appearances, an article on Pitchfork (via NME) has revealed. Portishead played before Coldplay at Rock Werchter in Belgium earlier this month (July 2) and then occupied the same slot at Main Square Festival in Arras, France the following evening (July 3), with the fireworks putting them off their stride.
We reported that Primal Scream were asked to turn their sound down during the T In The Park festival because of the noise towards other stages including the main stage where Coldplay were performing, but that doesn't mean Coldplay went running to the media to complain. But Portishead have to be different. Heaven knows how they celebrate new year. Tucked up in bed most probably. Here's an interesting take on their attack, courtesy of the Ology website:
Sometimes there’s just no predicting where grumpiness will come from, or at whom it will be directed. Today’s Grump is brought to you by Portishead multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow, who recently told Pitchfork exactly how he felt about Chris Martin and his Coldplay bandmates’ stage set-up. When asked what was his least favorite aspect about playing European festival dates, Barrow responded: "Playing next to Coldplay, with their water cannons or fucking fireworks or whatever the fuck it is. Come on."
The trip-hop icons played before Coldplay on separate dates in Belgium and France earlier this month. No word if Portishead have any beef with Beach House, Swans, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or Grinderman, all of whom shared the bill at the Portishead-curated I’ll Be Your Mirror event last night at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. Can’t believe I’m defending Coldplay over Portishead… but shouldn’t fans get the most show for their dollar? I can understand being annoyed by the lavish spectacle, but it’s Coldplay’s prerogative to present themselves onstage however they want. If you don’t like it, don’t tour with them.
Well said, Ology. What do you think about Geoff Barrow’s gripe against Coldplay? Let us know at the Coldplay forum now!
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