Even though it’s now Summer and the flowers are out, this last week felt a quite grey to me. I’ve been feeling a bit ill and sorry for myself recently, as it seems has the rest of the country since last Thursday’s vote, but everything seemed to change last night.


At least for a moment anyway…



On a little farm in the middle of Somerset, in the South-West of England, a farmer called Michael Eavis was holding his annual music festival. He had invited Coldplay to fill the final Sunday night slot, playing to a very wet and muddy field of 150,000 people and a few cows.


It was nothing short of spectacular.


It was one of the best performances I’ve seen for a while. Some said it was the best gig of this year’s Glastonbury. (Adele was a bit special as well). Others called it the best Glastonbury performance of all time. The headline I liked best came from The Independent, renaming Coldplay as “The Kings of Colourful Emotion“. A wonderfully fitting title.


All I know is that Coldplay made me happy.


Not just the gig. But watching people’s reactions to the gig. Whether it was seeing the audience lose control at the beginning of Stayin’ Alive, or following tough Northerners on Twitter, who were being unusually emotional when Chris paid tribute to Viola Beach. From start to finish, the whole performance was full of colourful emotion.


For a few hours afterwards even my Twitter feed was (mostly) happy, and that NEVER happens! Coldplay haters couldn’t help but admire that Coldplay chose to pay their respects to Bowie, Ali, Viola Beach, Sinatra, Prince and The Bee Gees, instead of focusing just on their own stuff. I went to bed thinking that the world was a slightly better place. This is how you bring diverse and complicated groups of people together. It was a beautiful thing.


I woke up this morning with my work head on, imagining what business presentations would be like if we could fill them full of colourful emotion? Instead of charts, endless bullet points and cheesy quotes, what if presentations actually left you feeling like something (somewhere) had just improved?


Not sure how we do that*, but I promise you I’m working on it.


Answers on a postcard.



[Watch the full gig on BBC iPlayer]


  • My friend Sarah Parsonage is working on a new conference format called One Question. Taking inspiration from the TED format, but focusing on only one question per event, it looks very much like Sarah will be tackling this very subject at her first event in November. I’m really looking forward to being involved. [Sign up and get more info here].

Communications Designer @IBM • Climate Reality Leader • Lover of Old Business Books, Clever Technology and the NHS • Based in London, UK.

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