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Coldplay fans absolutely lost it last weekend when the band brought out an unexpected special guest, following rumours of a possible Beyoncé appearance.
Over the first few nights of their six-show Wembley Stadium residency last week, Coldplay stunned ticket-holders with surprise appearances from Craig David, Natalie Imbruglia and Kylie Minogue.
By Saturday night (20 August), fans had high expectations for the band's next special guest and rumours quickly began to circulate that Beyoncé herself could be joining the boys on stage. That, however, was not the case. Check out a clip from the show here:
From audience wristbands and giant beachballs that created a mesmerising display of colours to a renewable energy emitting dance floor powered by fans, Coldplay pulled out all the stops for their six-nights in London.
As the week went on, buzz over the spectacular tour grew and grew.
Drawing links between Coldplay and Beyoncé's hit single 'Hymn For The Weekend' and the recent release of the pop icon's album Renaissance, a surprise appearance at Wembley seemed like a sure thing.
That's why fans got such a shock when the real Saturday night guest was finally revealed.
Shutting down all whispers of a Beyoncé performance as soon as he walked out onto the stage, Saturday's surprise guest was none other than... Alan Partridge.
The character, played by Steve Coogan, was joined by Jacob Collier on piano and Nicole Lawrence on guitar for a two-song set.
Not only did Partridge perform his own celebrated version of ABBA's 'Knowing Me, Knowing You' (Aha!), but he treated fans to his own rendition of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill'.
Alan Partridge had actually performed 'Running Up That Hill' - which recently went viral ten times over thanks to the latest season of Netflix's Stranger Things - before at Comic Relief 1999.
When the song shot to the top of the charts this summer, Partridge's ridiculous Comic Relief rendition was spread far and wide across TikTok. So, really, it's only right that the TV personality got a chance to recreate the iconic performance.
Alan got great feedback from the crowd of 90,000 on Saturday night, though fans couldn't help but giggle at the expectation vs reality.
I am DYING with laughter at rumour that it was going to be Beyoncé performing at Wembley with Coldplay and then it turned out to be Alan Partridge. Absolutely amazing— The Unbreakable Kiki Wheats (@RenofHearts) August 22, 2022
never been a fan of coldplay, but there being a rumour that beyonce was going to be their special guest at wembley - to then have them bring out alan partridge is FUNNY— ✨kay✨ (@sk8witch_) August 22, 2022
Alan Partridge singing Running up that Hill with Coldplay was not on my 2022 bingo card.— Ed Kidney (@edk86) August 20, 2022
When videos from the gig were posted online, people were very divided over Alan Partridge's appearance.
"Coldplay were on a roll with their guests until this", one disappointed TikTok user commented.
"Would have been the perfect time to find the loos when he came on", suggested another.
However, others argued that Partridge was a fantastic choice, and they would choose him over Beyoncé any day. A bold statement - but a hard one to argue, all the same.
"I would have bought tickets to see just this", raved one viewer.
"Alan Partridge is the UK Beyoncé", joked a second.
"This has to be the best move in history", commented a third.
On the final night of their Wembley gigs, Coldplay brought out Stormzy to perform 'Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 1', just to rub salt in the wounds of the Partridge-haters.
Following their six-night residency, Coldplay announced a string of new UK and European gigs in summer 2023 as part of their 'Music Of The Spheres' world tour.
Fingers crossed they bring back a certain radio-turned-television presenter with them!