Chris Martin asks Glastonbury crowd to send love to Israel and Palestine

He called on the crowd to show a "beacon of togetherness" in a time where it seemed impossible


Chris Martin of the band ColdPlay on stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival 2024 (Photo: Getty Images)

Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin used his Glastonbury set to call for peace for people in Israel and Palestine.

The band were not the only act to make political statements about the conflict, but he was the only artist to call for peace for both Israelis and Palestinians on the main stage.

During their headline set the band performed a duet with Palestinian singer Elyanna.

Later in their set, Martin thanked everyone who had come to see them play and called on the crowd to show a "beacon of togetherness" in a time where it seemed impossible.

He asked the audience to put their hands in the air and send their love "all over the world" mentioning both Israel and Palestine as well as Ukraine.

Elsewhere people in the crowd flew flags in tribute to the Nova festival victims and survivors.

The Nova festival was one of the sites of the October 7 Hamas massacre in which hundreds of young people were attacked and killed as they partied at the music festival.

In one clip a Jewish pride flag could be seen at the front of Dua Lipa’s show on Friday night. They were outnumbered though, by many Palestinian flags.

The singer, who has used social media to accuse Israel of genocide in Gaza, moved towards Palestinian flags in the crowd, which some festival goers said was to get them in camera shot.

The 28-year-old had previously posted to her 88 million Instagram followers: “Burning children alive can never be justified. The whole world is mobilising to stop the Israeli genocide. Please show your solidarity with Gaza.”

On the festival site itself one Jewish music fan noticed that Jewish symbols usually on display in the South East Corner of the festival had been painted over.

On the facade of one of the mock buildings in the area where people go after the performances have stopped, a sign for M.Levine meat with two Stars of David had been painted over.

From Thursday to Sunday, when the main headliners finish, many dance music fans make their way to the South East Corner, the site's dedicated late-night area.

Izzy Lenga noticed that this year the Jewish symbols on the M. Levine meat sign were painted over.

In previous years the two Stars of David were visible. 

Glastonbury has been approached for comment.

Other artists at the festival making political statements included Charlotte Church, who joined Bragg's Radical Round-up on the Left Field Stage.

Church sang "free Palestine" along with hundreds of audience members during her performance.

Blur's Damon Albarn also used his performance to discuss the general election and the Gaza conflict.

"Are you pro Palestine? Do you feel that's an unfair war?" he asked the crowd.

He said if they did it was important they vote in the election.

He said: “I don’t blame you for being ambivalent about that but it's still really important."

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