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Coldplay in concert (Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

Despite the event not being widely understood in their native U.K., Coldplay are the latest in a long list of British musicians to headline the halftime segment at Superbowl 50, in February 2016.

The event, which also has a long and colorful history of providing controversy, from Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s “wardrobe malfunction” to MIA flipping the bird to all and sundry (more than 110 million people, which is obscenity on a grand scale), during Madonna’s headline set.

Not that we’re expecting that kind of thing from Chris Martin and his pals.

A statement on the band’s website says: “We’re very excited to report that Coldplay will headline the prestigious Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Chris is designing a show that will echo elements of the NFL’s On the Fifty campaign – honouring the past, recognising the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years.

Coldplay join an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.”

And we all get to make the superb owl joke again.

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Filed Under: Coldplay, Superbowl
By Fraser McAlpine