After a mysteriously exclusive world tour to support previous LP Ghost Stories, Coldplay staged the perfect opportunity to re-engage with their fans through their A Head Full Of Dreams world tour. Filled with gloriously oversaturated stage props and sickly sweet flowers dangling behind the band, Chris Martin’s band of indie-come-pop musicians gathered fans in their masses. Over 60 000 Queensland and Northern New South Wales Britpop fans quickly packed out the gargantuan Suncorp Stadium floor to catch 2000’s summer hit “Yellow”, while their kids propped themselves precariously upon their parent’s shoulders, clamouring to hear the Beyoncé collab “Hymn for the Weekend”. The setlist was flawless, packed with enough songs from Coldplay’s seven albums to bridge the generation gap between parent and child.
Loaded with motivational speeches from Muhammad Ali, Charlie Chaplin and Chris Martin himself, the band’s infectious positive attitude and want to create a better world was imparted on the crowd. This positivity spurred the crowd into dancing to the excitement-inducing hit “Paradise”, and emotionally connecting to the latest live staple of “Always in My Head”. Despite many locals remaining firmly seated throughout the first half of the concert due to the sweltering humidity, Martin tore up and down the runway enough to give Dave Grohl a run for his money.
If the abundance of flowers adorning the stage, instruments and back wall weren’t enough to induce psychedelic trances as the lights swung rhythmically, then the trigger-happy confetti cannons were sure to get even the most beige of fans across the rainbow-coloured line. The band twirled and bounded across the stage under their paper confetti as the crowd belted out line after line back at Martin, helping the quartet sustain a huge two hour set.
An astonishingly short stage exit marked the beginning of the encore, during which the London band took to a second stage at the back of the stadium to play a short set of early tracks such as “Don’t Panic”, “Shiver” and X&Y hidden track “Til Kingdom Come”. From there, the band returned to the main stage to draw the concert to a close with the lyrically brilliant “Up&Up”, no doubt happy to retreat from the warm Queensland night as conquerors of the stadium touring game.
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Australian Tour
Melbourne – Etihad Stadium – Friday Dec 9 & Saturday Dec 10
Sydney – Allianz Stadium – Tuesday Dec 13 & Wednesday Dec 14
Tickets available through livenation.com.au
All photos taken by Kyle Butcher.