How did Coldplay get their name?

Coldplay was formed in 1996 by lead vocalist and keyboardist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at University College London (UCL). The pair spent the rest of the university year planning a band, ultimately forming a group called Pectoralz.

By 1997, the group, who had renamed themselves Starfish, performed gigs for local Camden promoters at small clubs.

In 1998, before recording and releasing three EPs: Safety in 1998 and Brothers & Sisters and The Blue Room in 1999, the band renamed themselves and finally settled on the name "Coldplay" which was suggested by Tim Crompton, a local student who had been using the name for his group. The original Coldplay had taken the name from a book of collected poems called Child's Reflections.