[10-Jun-2012] Coldplay @ Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK (warning: m'cr will be busy see P7)

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I like as many balloons as possible and love them lasting for as long as possible (who are all the idiots who pop them?!). It's only distracting if you let it be I think!

There were loads more at the Emirates on the Monday than the Saturday, and it was much better imo.

Welcome to the site Mike, glad you had such a great night :)
I read that during the North American shows, security pops them when the song ends, unless a fan catches one and pops it themself.
 

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Had another incredible night last night, my family were totally shocked when I told them where we were going, they had an amazing time :) It was certainly a very different experience up in the seats, couldn't believe that people were going out and in and back again all evening... is it really too much to ask to put your life on hold for 2 hours to stop disturbing everyone else's experience, is it so important to go away for 5 minutes mid show to get another drink? :confused:

Also, there seemed to be hundreds of people leaving at the back after In My Place... very strange. And I was astonished that the three people next to me left after Clocks to beat the traffic!!!
Luckily we had parked right next to the gate so got out pretty much straight away, and only had to queue for 5 minutes outside before we were out of the traffic.

The view was good though and the xylobands spectacular, I was worried that the sound wouldn't be as good being so far away but it was ok - not as good as standing though!
 

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So after all these beers in the F&F lounge I decide to go to the loo, I'm wondering who I might find in here. ROADIE #42 HAVING A SLASH! seriously! :lol: Well Miller he was busy, I could have said hello but I didn't want to disturb him, I guess it's a man thing. anyway one of the other roadies wearing full white outfit came in and R#42 disappeared.

What else? They had a fridge full of wines and champagnes, the red wine was nice too :D lots of tables with burning candles on and Ikea furniture (according to Jen anyway). Nibbles consisted of posh melons and fruits and cauliflower dips.(!)

Really does create an atmosphere when the room is filled with candle light and everyone talking really quietly. Guy was in the fridge a couple of times pulling out soft drinks. Jonny I think was arranging something for his brother, possibly tickets. He did look over to me and Jen but we were sat a little bit away from his group but then he went to get ready. Noticed he'd had a change of outfit, he was wearing red pants in the lounge but green on stage.

Phil talked a little bit about stuff like trolls attacking on the forum, I told him probably Radiohead fans were the main culprits when they've got nothing better to do but it's a rare event. He asked who looks after the forum and I told him about moderators and stuff and what we do :) He seemed quite interested in the history of the site so I told him how it got started way back in 2000. Also how busy it gets and I told him the traffic really depends on what Coldplay are doing at the time. He thought it was my full time job to run the site! He uses the site to find out what the media are saying about Coldplay etc. We chatted about families and stuff, and briefly the boat trip.
 

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I think the balloons can be distracting but more so in their stadium gigs as of late as there is more sunlight. Compared to the arena gigs that were done indoors, when it is dark inside, the balloons become much less of a distraction.

Also, its cool to hear that Will visits this site and also nice to hear that they are thinking about the next album and the direction they want to go in.
I was in a festival setting last September and they annoyed me a tad bit after a while. All I wanted to do was sing and dance, but 1x in a while, a balloon would just hit me in the face and disrupt my rhythm.
 

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I read that during the North American shows, security pops them when the song ends, unless a fan catches one and pops it themself.
Yeah, I think it's the same here (I think they even pop them during the song when they get near, generally :\) and then of course there was that 'thing' where in Yellow one balloon always used to 'coincidentally' pop up on stage right at the end for Chris to pop (which was awesome :lol:).

On Monday at the Emirates they just sent out loads and it was fantastic, plus it didn't (for me) detract from later songs at all, it was a joy to see them still going :sunny: On Saturday we were in GA seating and none got close to us, on Monday we were the level above and quite a few came our way :dance:

So after all these beers in the F&F lounge I decide to go to the loo, I'm wondering who I might find in here. ROADIE #42 HAVING A SLASH! seriously! :lol: Well Miller he was busy, I could have said hello but I didn't want to disturb him, I guess it's a man thing. anyway one of the other roadies wearing full white outfit came in and R#42 disappeared.

What else? They had a fridge full of wines and champagnes, the red wine was nice too :D
Yes, yes, we get it - you're a VIP pisshead :p

He asked who looks after the forum and I told him about moderators and stuff and what we do :) He seemed quite interested in the history of the site so I told him how it got started way back in 2000. He thought it was my full time job to run the site! He uses the site to find out what the media are saying about Coldplay etc.
Great stuff, and what a plaudit now you have such hard-working mods again on the site, congrats, really pleasing to read :)
 

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So after all these beers in the F&F lounge I decide to go to the loo, I'm wondering who I might find in here. ROADIE #42 HAVING A SLASH! seriously! :lol: Well Miller he was busy, I could have said hello but I didn't want to disturb him, I guess it's a man thing. anyway one of the other roadies wearing full white outfit came in and R#42 disappeared.

What else? They had a fridge full of wines and champagnes, the red wine was nice too :D lots of tables with burning candles on and Ikea furniture (according to Jen anyway). Nibbles consisted of posh melons and fruits and cauliflower dips.(!)

Really does create an atmosphere when the room is filled with candle light and everyone talking really quietly. Guy was in the fridge a couple of times pulling out soft drinks. Jonny I think was arranging something for his brother, possibly tickets. He did look over to me and Jen but we were sat a little bit away from his group but then he went to get ready. Noticed he'd had a change of outfit, he was wearing red pants in the lounge but green on stage.

Phil talked a little bit about stuff like trolls attacking on the forum, I told him probably Radiohead fans were the main culprits when they've got nothing better to do but it's a rare event. He asked who looks after the forum and I told him about moderators and stuff and what we do :) He seemed quite interested in the history of the site so I told him how it got started way back in 2000. He thought it was my full time job to run the site! He uses the site to find out what the media are saying about Coldplay etc.
what a story and such an amazing experience!!!
you're lucky to have wine, champaign and good food!
and I'm happy to hear that Phill is very interested by the site :D
good job!!!! :D :D :D
 

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I was in a festival setting last September and they annoyed me a tad bit after a while. All I wanted to do was sing and dance, but 1x in a while, a balloon would just hit me in the face and disrupt my rhythm.
I really can understand that, but looking at the other side of things I think you're lucky! I've been down on the floor plenty of times without getting near a balloon!
 

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So after all these beers in the F&F lounge I decide to go to the loo, I'm wondering who I might find in here. ROADIE #42 HAVING A SLASH! seriously! :lol: Well Miller he was busy, I could have said hello but I didn't want to disturb him, I guess it's a man thing. anyway one of the other roadies wearing full white outfit came in and R#42 disappeared.

What else? They had a fridge full of wines and champagnes, the red wine was nice too :D lots of tables with burning candles on and Ikea furniture (according to Jen anyway). Nibbles consisted of posh melons and fruits and cauliflower dips.(!)

Really does create an atmosphere when the room is filled with candle light and everyone talking really quietly. Guy was in the fridge a couple of times pulling out soft drinks. Jonny I think was arranging something for his brother, possibly tickets. He did look over to me and Jen but we were sat a little bit away from his group but then he went to get ready. Noticed he'd had a change of outfit, he was wearing red pants in the lounge but green on stage.

Phil talked a little bit about stuff like trolls attacking on the forum, I told him probably Radiohead fans were the main culprits when they've got nothing better to do but it's a rare event. He asked who looks after the forum and I told him about moderators and stuff and what we do :) He seemed quite interested in the history of the site so I told him how it got started way back in 2000. He thought it was my full time job to run the site! He uses the site to find out what the media are saying about Coldplay etc.
This site is incredibly efficient. Whenever I do a quick Coldplay search, coldplaying.com is always among the top 3-5 links to come up. Sometimes, I wind up pulling up my own posts during a search. :lol:
 

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I really can understand that, but looking at the other side of things I think you're lucky! I've been down on the floor plenty of times without getting near a balloon!
Yeah, my kids, 13 & 16 had a ball. They just loved them. Me? I just wanted to stare at the band from start to finish. I didn't want to lose a single second.
 

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The balloons are so much fun! At one of the London shows they were still going around a couple of songs later!
I have two balloons now, one from December and one from 2 June :awesome:
 

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Yes, yes, we get it - you're a VIP pisshead :p
I've not even reached the Executive Bar on the 2nd floor yet :laugh3: We're still on the ground level. In fact the friends and family room is very close to the pic below posted earlier. Just down the corridor to the right of this pic were there were all different coloured Coldplay signs (the ones you see in the Liveblogs for e.g.) for things like dressing rooms, and catering etc.


Dan Green also popped in but he was only there a few minutes. After Phil's gone we finish drinks and get escorted up the lift to the area behind where Beyonce and Jay-Z were stood in the earlier pic. It was only when 99 Problems came on that everyone in our block started turning round and it became apparent that Jay-Z was in da house. that's when I sent that tweet.

Here's what SJM concert guest tickets look like

 

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After Phil's gone we finish drinks and get escorted up the lift to the area
I'll bet you did get 'escorted' - away from the fridge and champagne you greedy so'n'so, you might have bankrupted Citeh :laugh3:

So glad for you both mate, you deserved every minute of it, great work Debs and Phil :thumbsup:
 

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I took my kids 7 & 9 to their first concert. They absolutely LOVED it.
Such a great event, i thought the piano sounded amazing, Xylobands wow, insane.
 

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so the non-alcoholic view of the VIP experience then!!

Sunday was more relaxed than Saturday, as we knew we had seats, albeit no idea where they were. We also weren't due to meet Phil til about 7:30pm.
We got to the stadium and headed to the admin office to sign-in. We had our ID checked and got ticked off the list. We were handed our tickets, wristbanded up with our gold VIP bands and handed Guest passes to be stuck to the top of our trouser legs. We also had a piece of paper giving us directions to the Friends and Family room.

We headed over to the Colin Bell stand. You can tell it's special, the security on the door were wearing smart navy blue suits and not the high vis stuff the other ones around the ground had. They checked our tickets and then we walked to the door where there was another security man with a table to check our bags. Inside the door, they checked the tickets again and were directed to a table where the Xylobands were laid out in coloured piles. Ian picked a yellow one and I took a blue one. The lady then put them on for us.

As we had Guest passes, we were then directed to a security lady to escort us to the F&F room. We went down 2 flights of stairs, into the bowels of the stadium. At the bottom of the stairs, we started seeing the Coldplay signs that Anchorman quite often posts in his photoblogs.
We went through a set of double doors and we were at the bottom of the player's tunnel. The security lady asked if we'd like to walk up the tunnel, so we walked to the end and had a look out. We then walked back down and she took us down a corridor to the F&F room.

We grabbed a drink from the table and then found a seat. There weren't many seats available so Ian and I ended up sharing a big white chair. Luckily, there was just room for 2 of us.
The door to the room was wedged open as it was quite warm in there so we could see everyone walking past. It was very difficult staying cool and not appearing over-excited. Every so often I'd nudge Ian and whisper, pointing out who went past. Saw, Jonny, Will, Phil, Dan Green, Miller, Jackie & Kelly. A blonde lady in a white top came in the room a few times, looking very busy, we later found out she was Arlene.
The people in the room ebbed & flowed with people entering & leaving, some coming back others not. I didn't notice Guy come in the room, but turned round a little while later and saw him stood chatting to some people. He was wearing his stage t-shirt, trousers & shoes.
When Will came in, he was wearing a white t-shirt & jeans.
I think Ian mentioned Jonny was wearing his red stage trousers but then had changed to the green ones by the time he came out on stage.
We didn't see Chris at all but I had thought at the time that, as Jay-z & Kanye were in town for their show tonight, he might be elsewhere with guests. I've since seen that Gwyneth was there last night, so now we know :)

Phil came to see us after his haircut. He is such a sweetheart. He's got sparkly, smiley eyes too. I've no idea how long we chatted but talked about the tour, MX, Coldplaying.com, the media and all sorts.
Phil checks Coldplaying.com most days but not the forum. Will apparently also checks the main site quite often. Chris doesn't read any media at all.
Phil needed to disappear and see someone else then, and Arlene came to fetch him. Phil introduced us to Arlene, who also seems very nice.

We headed up to our seats then. We had to find a security person who took us to the lifts and we went up to what I think must be the executive lounge on match days. He found us one of the stadium security to escort us to our seats. We were row B on the comfy seats, in the block to the side of the tunnel.

Sunday night's show was even better than Saturday. The crowd was even more into the show than the previous night and the band seemed to be buzzing too. It was very disconcerting as the concrete floor of the first tier was bouncing along with all the fans. Took a while to get used to it.

I think they may have been filming some of the #Coldplayfilm. Towards the end of Yellow, the screen showed Phil in a tent at the back of the crowd, and just after the song ended Chris said something along the lines of "sorry Phil, I fucked up that bit at the beginning, can we do it again?" He then told us that he needed us to sing the "I love you so" bit again and then we would do the end of the song.

I've been to a few Coldplay concerts so was surprised that the first time I've ended up covered in beer was sat in the VIP section!

We had to leave a touch early as we needed to get back into town and pick up the car, and I didn't want to get stuck in traffic. We disappeared from our seats as ETIAW started. It was still fun though. We saw the fireworks going off on the stadium roof and could hear the crowd belting out the lyrics. And as we walked towards the main road, there was a Stagecoach bus parked up, you couldn't see the people sat on it but you could see the Xylobands flashing through the windows.
 

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Heyyy guys - I put up a few pictures from the gig on Flickr. I'll pop the link here if that's ok?

What a night eh?

I was a bit disappointed with Robyn's reception (I Love her so much) - but starting her set with DFTMWTD was a bit inaccessible for those who don't know her stuff I think :s
 

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Heyyy guys - I put up a few pictures from the gig on Flickr. I'll pop the link here if that's ok?

What a night eh?

I was a bit disappointed with Robyn's reception (I Love her so much) - but starting her set with DFTMWTD was a bit inaccessible for those who don't know her stuff I think :s
yes, that's ok and I love your pics!!!! :D
 

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yes, that's ok and I love your pics!!!! :D
aww thank you :)

we were so lucky that we'd stood right where Chris and Johnny ran around. Chris was in front of us by like the 2nd song! I think I screamed :stunned: (first time I've ever done that at a gig :p)

man I love you guys on the boards - I should come on more often

- thanks for the backstage info oh mighty mods :D you're super ace!
 

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aww thank you :)

we were so lucky that we'd stoo right where Chris and Johnny ran around. Chris was in front of us by like the 2nd song! I think I screamed :stunned: (first time I've ever done that at a gig :p)

man I love you guys on the boards - I should come on more often

- thanks for the backstage info oh mighty mods :D you're super ace!
This is such an amazing forum!! Hope to see you around more. And thanks for sharing your pics!:D

EDIT: Do you mind if I post the two you took of Chris and Jonny in the C&J thread?:)
 

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aww thank you :)

we were so lucky that we'd stoo right where Chris and Johnny ran around. Chris was in front of us by like the 2nd song! I think I screamed :stunned: (first time I've ever done that at a gig :p)

man I love you guys on the boards - I should come on more often

- thanks for the backstage info oh mighty mods :D you're super ace!
I understand! I was just in front of the x-stage on the 2nd show at Emirates so when they came, it was so magic!!!
 

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Ohh man I was front row at this gig as well as the London one, what an amazing experience best night ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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