Chris Martin persuaded Beyonce to play at Glastonbury

Posted by Dean Piper On June 26th, 2011

He’s written a couple of pretty good tunes in his time but it looks like there’s something else we should thank ­Coldplay star Chris Martin for.

I’m told US superstar Beyoncé was reluctant to sign up to ­playing Glasto because she was worried that her brand of divalicious pop wouldn’t go down well with the hardcore festival crowd, especially after her hubby Jay-Z received a truckload of flak for headlining the festival back in 2008.

But after a few calming words from Chris, he managed to ­convince his pal that she would have an absolute blast. Organiser Emily Eavis said: “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.”

I’m told Beyoncé plans to throw everything she’s got into tonight’s performance after splashing out on a staggering £100,000 stage show.

Emily added: “Luckily we spoke to Beyoncé ­before she planned her tour this year, so she managed to put Glastonbury in her schedule, then build a European tour around it.”

There’s an ­extra-special surprise for Bey and hubby Jay-Z after the no-doubt electrifying set the Destiny’s Child star is set to perform this evening. Best mates Chris and wife Gwyneth Paltrow are hosting a special celebration party for her after the performance. My sources tell me Gwynnie has been beavering away for weeks organising the little shindig that will undoubtedly be the must-have party ticket of the weekend.

My backstage source reveals: “It’s being held in a private ­Winnebago area before a select few head over to the nearby Babington House hotel. Gwyneth’s made sure there’s Cristal champagne and Belvedere vodka on tap for the guests.”

Oh, for an invite to that little soirée…

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