January 20, 2014 - submitted by Harrison, Australia

Q. I've been seeing pictures saying it is Coldplay's 16th Birthday today (16th Jan). Is this true? And if so, how is it determined when their Birthday is? Their first song? First gig?


The Oracle replies:

It wasn't a birthday; it was the 16th anniversary of their first gig (as Starfish) at the Laurel Tree in Camden. Funnily enough I walked past the venue (now BrewDog) on Thursday evening. I took a photo & sent it to Anchorman.
We were quite surprised by how many fans acknowledged the date - it was an overwhelming number. I'm more of a round numbered celebrator so you will probably find me shouting about it in 2018.