On 19th November, Coldplay will release Live 2012, the band’s first concert film / live album for nine years. It documents their acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011. The band will also release their new single Hurts Like Heaven on the same day.
The film was directed by Paul Dugdale, previously responsible for Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy’s Worlds On Fire concert films. Live 2012 includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and the band’s triumphant Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury 2011.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin said: “The Mylo Xyloto tour has been the most fun we’ve ever had as a band. It’s felt very uplifting right from the start; partly because we are proud of the music, the LED wristbands, the pyrotechnics, the lasers and all of that stuff, but mainly because of the amazing audiences that we’ve been playing for. Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They’re loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own. We wanted to try to bottle the incredible feeling that they give us, and hence our concert film.”
Live 2012 director Paul Dugdale said: “We wanted to make a film that was as intimate as it was epic, punctuating Coldplay’s colour-drenched performance with candid portraits of the band. The set is curated from several concerts around the globe, using the 75,000-capacity Stade de France as the backbone. JA Digital and I wanted to approach this film in the same way Coldplay approach their stage show: it’s essentially a film about people, and we wanted to highlight how the band have blurred the barrier between stage and audience to create a tour that reaches out to everyone from the front row of the stadium to those right at the back. It’s a 90-minute kaleidoscope of emotions. My main objective as a filmmaker was to make the viewers’ eyes widen and their hearts beat faster.”
Live 2012 will be released by Parlophone on CD/DVD, DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD and digitally. It is available to pre-order now here.
Watch the trailer of Live 2012 here