On Sunday, millions of viewers will tune in to the Super Bowl 50 — not just to watch the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos go head to head, but to witness musical history during the game’s halftime show.
Check out everything you need to know about the Super Bowl 50 halftime show:
1. Who Will Perform?
On Dec. 3, the NFL confirmed that the British rock group Coldplay would take the stage during the Pepsi-sponsored concert on Feb. 7. But the Grammy Award-winning group won’t be the only artists set to serenade fans on Sunday.
“We called the right guests, so we know that we have great people joining us,” Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, said during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show press conference, promising only the best artists would be joining them.
It was revealed that Beyoncé will join the band onstage along with Bruno Mars. Both know what it takes to put on a successful halftime show; Beyoncé rocked the stage in 2013 while Mars brought the funk in 2014.
The Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, led by Gustavo Dudamel, will also perform.
2. What Can Audiences Expect?
Coldplay’s drummer Will Champion dished that their halftime show will be inspired by one of their favorite music festivals: Glastonbury.
“It’s full of color and pageantry and it’s an amazing sort of spiritual home of music,” Champion said, describing the festival in southwestern England. “We wanted to bring that vibe to the Super Bowl halftime show. We can’t compete in terms of amazing dance routines and all that, so we have to try and do what comes naturally to us, which is to try and provide a little fun and great atmosphere for people to come together.”
3. Will Left Shark Return?
During the 2015 Super Bowl, Katy Perry’s halftime was upstaged when a performer in a shark costume stole the show with his out-of-sync moves. Reporters asked Coldplay if they would have their own “Left Shark Moment.”
"We've got Left Shark, Middle Shark, Front Shark, Back Shark, Two Right Sharks and the reserve shark in case one of the first sharks has a problem, in which case there's going to be a Pepsi logo flashed onscreen,” Martin joked during the conference before revealing that viewers will not have any “shark-based trauma” during their performance.
4. What Songs Will Be Performed?
The group, who have been performing for nearly 18 years, quipped that they’ll perform all their No. 1 hits and “work out how to fill the other 10 minutes.”
But if you think those remaining 10 minutes might include Coldplay and Beyoncé’s newest single “Hymn for the Weekend” … think again. Martin revealed that they wouldn’t be performing the collaboration during the Super Bowl halftime show. “I don’t think it would be quite right,” he added during the conference.
5. When and Where Can I Catch the Halftime Performance?
Coldplay, Beyoncé and Mars will make their way to Levi Stadium on Sunday to perform during Super Bowl 50. The halftime show is estimated to air around 8 p.m. EST considering each quarter lasts about 30 minutes in addition to the airing of lengthier Super Bowl commercials. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. EST and can be watched live on CBS.