Chemical Brothers plan Glastonbury 'laser battle'

24/06/11

Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers have said they plan a 'laser battle' with Coldplay as both acts headline stages at Glastonbury this weekend.

The dance duo, whose real names are Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, play the Other Stage at the same time as Coldplay headline the Pyramid Stage on Saturday.

But Rowlands joked that Chris Martin and Coldplay might have a bigger laser budget than them.

"There'll be a big run on lasers that weekend," he said.

"We're both big lasers bands. I always really like that Coldplay are really keen on lasers. It's one thing they have in common with us," Simons laughed.

'Favourite crowd'

"I'm sure their laser budget is fairly substantial," Rowlands added.

Coldplay
Image caption Coldplay play Glastonbury's main stage on Saturday night

Meanwhile Simons said the pair are still "really excited" by a Glastonbury slot, even after playing the festival numerous times in their 20-year history.

"The show we're doing is at the peak of what we've ever done so to play that slot in front of one of our favourite crowds will be amazing," he said.

"The last couple of years I've been to Glastonbury and I haven't done anything and so I'm ready to play," he said.

Rowlands agreed that the band's live show was at its peak.

"We've been playing together and working with the same guys who do the visuals since the first gig we did which was a long time ago now.

"It's got to the point that it's an onward process but it's feeling like it's fairly extreme when it all comes together at the moment so it's fairly exciting to play," he said.

The Chemical Brothers headline the Other Stage at Glastonbury on 25 June and the Wireless Festival in London's Hyde Park on 2 July.

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