Coldplay end soggy Glastonbury with a little hope after ‘Brexit’ vote

Coldplay let late movie icon Charlie Chaplin speak for them at the beginning of their Glastonbury festival set on Sunday night (26Jun16). As fans awaited the band’s headlining set to close what festival boss Michael Eavis has called the muddiest Glastonbury ever, Chaplin’s speech from his 1940 satire The Great Dictator was played. The movie moment was clearly carefully chosen as a reaction to Thursday’s (23Jun16) ‘Brexit’ vote, when millions of Brits voted to leave the European Union for the first time since the 1940s. In the film, which denounces Adolf Hitler, fascism and anti-Semitism, Chaplin played both a Jewish barber and a fascist dictator. Fans listened as the speech began: “The Kingdom of God is within man – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. “We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, […]