Phil Harvey (manager)

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Philip Christopher Hammond Harvey (born 29 August 1976) is an English creative director and manager of the band Coldplay.[1]

Harvey attended Sherborne School alongside Chris Martin from 1990 to 1995, where he was the second academic scholar in his year group; he then proceeded to study Classics at Trinity College, Oxford.

Association with Coldplay[edit]

When, in 1998, Martin complained to Harvey about the vice-like grip one of the Camden promoters had on the band, he suggested that they put on their own event at Dingwalls in Camden. It was here that they managed to sell the first fifty copies of the Safety EP, which Phil himself had helped fund along with his father (Christopher Harvey) and his Oxford roommate.[2] It is generally considered that this was when he could first be described as the band's manager.

Harvey eventually dropped out of his Oxford University studies to manage the band; he carried out the role more or less single-handedly until early 2001, when the stress of performing a role usually requiring a team of people forced him to take a prolonged break. He has since stated that the 2001 Brit Awards was his lowest point:

I was feeling like death when I should have been on top of the world. The band picked up awards for Best British Band and Album and all I could think about was how much I wanted to be in bed. It was two days later that my doctor phoned to say she was worried I might be about to slip into a coma.[2]

Although Dave Holmes has now taken over as Coldplay's manager, Phil Harvey is still heavily involved in the band's creative output. He was also cited as the band's fifth member, for example in the liner notes for A Rush of Blood to the Head, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Prospekt's March, Ghost Stories and A Head Full of Dreams. This band membership was stressed by Coldplay in a direct appeal to Wikipedia on their site in 2008, pleading fans and "Wikipedia Enthusiasts" to rectify a few errors on their page. They stated that "(...)Coldplay officially have five members - with the mysterious Mr Phil Harvey making up the quintet."[3] On Coldplay's Myspace and Facebook pages, he was described as "The wise, handsome, frightening one who tells us what to do."[4][5] Harvey has also made cameo appearances in four Coldplay music videos. His first appearance was in "Life in Technicolor II" as one of the men carrying a video camera, and his second appearance was in "Christmas Lights" as one of the Elvises. He also played in the video for "Paradise" as one of two zoo keepers chasing after the runaway elephant, and features in a koala suit in the band's video for "A Sky Full of Stars".


  1. ^ "Environmental lawyers | Phil Harvey". ClientEarth. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-16.
  2. ^ a b "We Interview Coldplay's Manager" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 11, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2008.
  3. ^ "Newsreel: An appeal to Wikipedia enthusiasts". Archived from the original on 2017-08-09. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  4. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (23 July 2008). "Coldpage". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Coldplay - Info". Facebook. Retrieved 14 November 2013.

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