Coldplay review at Wembley StadiumCultureMusicLive music
Hailed as the biggest rock band since U2, Coldplay embarked on their first all-stadium global tour. The British rockers are very popular the planet over, but till now they’ve never dared to do what’s business as usual for legendary acts such as the Rolling Stones and Bono’s four-piece: turning down any venues with a capacity lower than 50,000.
It’s a special year for Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion: in six months they’ve ended up playing both the Super Bowl half-time show and Glastonbury. Tonight they bring all their tricks, hits and trademark singalongs to make the concert memorable.
Divided in four sets across three stages (front, middle and back of the pitch), the show reveals its celebratory vibe right away during opening song A Head Full of Dreams: fireworks, confetti, huge flower-shaped screens and pitch-deep runs from Chris Martin that not even Rooney ever did in this stadium.
The frontman is on form, and a master of entertainment; fans of Coldplay’s first albums may miss his signature behind-the-piano posture of the early days, but London’s 80,000-strong audience goes crazy for his showmanship.
The band has reached a point in their career where they couldn’t play all their hits in a single night, even if they wanted to. While the response of the crowd to their classics Yellow, Clocks, Viva la Vida, Paradise and Magic is impressive, the highlights are the most recent singles: the infectiousness of Adventure of a Lifetime, the intensity of Everglow and the magic, pure magic, of Up & Up.
Coldplay have three more dates to play this week in Wembley, you’d better grab your ticket because this is a show you must not miss.
Filippo L’Astorina, the Editor
Photos: Carlos Müller
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