I think the word spectacular fairly sums up the amazing sound and light show put on by Coldplay on a wet and windy night.

Despite the awful conditions, frontman Chris Martin and his band pulled out every trick in the book to create an amazing atmosphere – transforming the stadium into a kaleidoscope of colour.

The show started where most stadium show’s finish with a stunning pyrotechnical display as the much talked about LED xylobands in the crowd lit up to amazing effect, flashing along to the music.

Every ticketholder was given one of the radio controlled light emitting wristbands which beat in unison, turning the stadium crowd into one glittering, throbbing mass, like a giant dazzling Christmas tree – an unforgettable sight.

A neon graffiti scrawled wall provided the backdrop to the main stage as Chris Martin threw everything at the crowd, including himself.

This was not a night for cosy introspection as over the years, Coldplay have transformed from studious performers into joyous ones and they delivered up almost two hours of singalong anthemic tunes to the crowd.

All the big numbers were pulled out from In My Place and The Scientist through to their breakthrough anthem Yellow and Viva La Vida complete with confetti canons, giant beach ball balloons and amazing lazers.

The younger members of the crowd were catered for with hit single Princess of China featuring a video cameo from Bajan superstar Rihanna and last year’s mega-tune Paradise.

The band used the space of the stadium to great effect swopping between the main stage and a smaller one at the end of a runway. Finally near the end the band also appeared on a tiny stage at the back of the stadium, playing Us Against the World and Speed of Sound – to the delight of fans in the North Stand. It’s what passes for intimacy in a 50,000 plus stadium but it works.

The rain continued to lash down through the night – even causing a break for the road crew to fix a drenched piano – but it only seemed to drive the band on more, as if they had a point to prove.

The crowd reacted accordingly as the sodden masses on the pitch screamed, sang-along and waved their twinkling wristbands throughout.  All in all a quite incredible night.

Andy Barker

 

SETLIST
Back to the Future Theme
(Intro)
Mylo Xyloto
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Major Minus
Lovers In Japan
The Scientist
Yellow
Violet Hill
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
B-Stage
Princess of China
Up in Flames
Warning Sign
Main Stage
A Hopeful Transmission
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Charlie Brown
Paradise
C-stage
Us Against the World
Speed Of Sound
Encore:
Clocks
Fix You
M.M.I.X.
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall

 

Back to the Future Theme

(Intro)

Mylo Xyloto

Hurts Like Heaven

In My Place

Major Minus

Lovers In Japan

The Scientist

Yellow

Violet Hill

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

B-Stage

Princess of China

Up in Flames

Warning Sign

Main Stage

A Hopeful Transmission

Don’t Let It Break Your Heart

Viva La Vida

Charlie Brown

Paradise

C-stage

Us Against the World

Speed Of Sound

Encore:

Clocks

Fix You

M.M.I.X.

Every Teardrop is a Waterfall