Wow, where do I begin? What can I say? I think I’ll start with this statement. This may have been the best concert I have ever seen in my life. Coldplay went ALL out. That’s how you use a big budget to throw a concert. Supporting act The Temper Trap was awesome as well – I’ll talk about them first.
The Temper Trap was happy to be playing back in their hometown, as singer Dougy Mandagi told the crowd many times. They played a 50 minute set playing about half-half songs from their debut Conditions and the new self-titled album. It was overall a fantastic performance. It seemed as if most of the crowd hadn’t warmed up to the new songs as of yet, but “Trembling Hands”, one of the best singles released this year, got a very warm welcome. From Conditions, “Love Lost” and my favourite Temper Trap song, “Fader”, were proof of the staying power of this young band. Of course they ended with “Sweet Disposition”, which reminded us why we love this band, and brought us in the best possible mood for Coldplay.
Rating for Temper Trap’s set: 4/5.
Oh and there was also another opening band, named The Pierces, featuring two female singers. They’re a country band from the USA. They had some nice songs, but I had never heard of them. Maybe check them out if you like that sort of music.
When Coldplay finally came on, the crowd exploded with excitement. In fact, the stage practically exploded too. The fireworks, the lasers and coloured on screen visuals during the openers “Mylo Xyloto” and “Hurts Like Heaven” set the standards for the rest of the night. Those two songs also signalled the activation of the flashing wristbands provided. A radio signal allowed them to be turned on and off at will during songs, mostly the ones from Mylo Xyloto. Since nearly everyone in the audience had one, it made simply looking around the stadium part of the show; they were like Christmas lights. “Christmas Lights” was a song they should’ve played!
The wristbands turned off during the next song – fan favourite “In My Place”. This song saw the first instance of little paper doves and butterflies sprinkling into the air like confetti. All these theatrics were completely turned off for “Major Minus”, a new one of Mylo Xyloto. A new element of surprise came during Lovers in Japan as massive balloons got thrown into the crowd.
One could criticise everything going on during this concert as gimmicky, but the next three songs, “Yellow”, “The Scientist” and “Violet Hill”, were performed without any theatrics and the songs were given the chance to speak for themselves.
“God Put a Smile upon Your Face” was performed in a more rock oriented fashion, before the band moved to the middle of the stadium to perform three songs. “Princess of China” featured Rihanna on the screens, and it was apparent that despite the odd collaboration, the crowd still enjoyed the song. I think I was one of the few that enjoyed “Up in Flames” off the new album, and I really got into the live performance of the song while many others didn’t. The next song “Warning Sign”, an album track off A Rush of Blood to the Head, was a nice surprise for the hardcore Coldplay fans.
“Viva La Vida” came along after the band went back to the main stage, and it was truly magical. Definitely one of the best songs of the night, and a brilliant example of the anthems this band has written. “Charlie Brown” was most likely the inspiration for the flashing wristbands, making this track a moment no Coldplay fan should miss, or anyone for that matter. Wristband colours continued in the last song of the main set, “Paradise”. I was wondering if the band would have a string section or keyboard parts for the arrangements in the song. Turns out they used guitar instead, which seemed strange at first, but it worked well enough. Thanks for writing this great song Coldplay, because the entire stadium got into it and it was great!
After multiple “Viva La Vida” chants, the band returned to the back of the stadium for an encore. They played “Us Against the World” off the new record and the single off X & Y “Speed of Sound”, in a stripped down and more intimate version. They returned to the main stage to perform “Clocks”, my favourite Coldplay song. I was a little disappointed that they shortened it just a little, but it was still fantastic. “Fix You” was also amazing as expected, and the show finished off with the lead single off Mylo Xyloto, “Every Tear is a Waterfall”. The wristbands lit up again, and just like the beginning of the show, there were heaps of fireworks. It was a fantastic way to end and I guarantee that every Coldplay fan in the audience was smiling when they left.
Some people think that all these theatrics would be gimmicky and prefer a more stripped down approach to a concert. I like those shows too, but as I spent over $150 AUD on my ticket, I’m glad there were so many things going on during the show. It was money well spent, because it’s not just a concert, but a massive show. Coldplay have upgraded from medium sized venues to huge stadiums this tour and it sure as hell shows. If you are a Coldplay fan, then you should have seen them in concert by now. If you don’t like Coldplay, then I don’t even know why you’re reading this. You have to see Coldplay live. People diss Coldplay saying they are trying to be the new U2 by being the biggest band in the world. The truth is, Coldplay were heavily influenced by U2, and they arguably are the biggest band on the planet right now, so they very well may be the new U2. U2’s 360 Tour was the greatest concert I’ve ever seen, but I think Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto Tour may have dethroned them.
Yes you guessed it, I give Coldplay’s concert 5/5. You have to see them before you die.
Check out the setlist below, the best moments are in bold. Quite a lot of best moments huh?
Back to the Future Theme
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Lovers In Japan
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Princess of China
Up in Flames
A Hopeful Transmission
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Us Against the World
Speed Of Sound
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall