[13-Nov-2012] Coldplay @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

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Fan review from: holidayjade

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Let me just put it this way; I have never experienced a concert like that in my entire life. Giving it a 10/10 would be wrong, giving it 100/10 would still not do it justice.

The Temper trap were amazing as usual, and I think they won over some fans by their performace. I heard people in the crowd going “hey these guys are good”. And it was so cute because you could tell they were happy to be in their hometown. I’m going to message Johnny and ask how he felt about being in his hometown again. That’s actually weird, I’m on talking terms with the guitarist of the temper trap haha.

SO, COLDPLAY. MY OH MY. I thought the wristbands were the coolest thing in the world, but BOY WAS I WRONG. They had freaking fireworks for their opening, FIREWORKS! and a LOT of them. They had giant glowing circles behind them and to top it off confetti flying in from every corner. And that was just their opening. There were so many things to focus on I was just everywhere! They were absolutely AMAZING live. Chris is such a little jelly bean, he’s so full of energy and the other band members were amazing too. What made it even more special was the fact that even though they had this whole arena to perform in, they still did a few songs with the four of them just standing side by side playing acoustically, as if they were a young banding starting fresh. It was beautiful. OH and the piano was glowing which was so cool, I want one now. Chris’s piano skills are amazing, I cannot believe he has not had a single lesson. It’s hard to choose what tracks stood out the most to me. Maybe Hurts like heaven, yellow, the scientist, fix you, clocks….OH SCREW IT. I CANT CHOOSE.

The wristbands were so cool, everyone got different colours. I got white and Sana got green. It was so cool cause each colour flashes different to the rest, so if you look at the whole audience, all the colours flash to different beats. ARGH. I cant believe that is what they get to see everyday. I teared up when I turned around and all I saw were little colourful dots flickering in the dark. OH OH and there were these balloon things they sent around the audience, kind of like beach balls. AND when it came near me of course I went to reach it so I could bounce it somewhere, and when I touched it IT BURST and out came all these little confetti butterflies. I KNOW! COLDPLAY YOU GENIUS. and and there were these inflatable monster things that were put around the stadium, and like everything they glowed as well.

I think what made this concert what it was is the fact it was like I wasn’t on earth anymore. Like I had been transported to another world with glow in the dark creatures and butterflies everywhere. It was magical, simply magical. I asked other people from the show and they said they felt the exact same way.

I am so glad I bought tickets. Absolutely amazing and worth more than every penny. Sana and I made a pact to see them again when they come. I dont even know how they are going to top this one, unless they can actually transport us into another world hehe.

Ahh, I can sense some serious post gig depression coming up. SIGH. Why can’t there be a Coldplay concert everyday?

P.S I forgot to mention we were 10 meters away from the stage, and there was a turnout of 100,000 people.
 

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Behind the confetti, four guys just having fun



COLDPLAY came out with guns blazing at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium last night, with fireworks, balloons, laser beams and wristbands that pulsed in time to the music.

The first show of the English band's Australian tour left few stadium-friendly manoeuvres untapped in a two-hour trawl through their catalogue of hits, from the breakthrough anthem Yellow all the way to last year's monster, Paradise.

Chris Martin, ever the twitchy frontman, led his three colleagues through a performance that lived up to its stadium status, not least by using the aforementioned guns to fire confetti far and wide.

The pyrotechnics would be mere damp squibs, however, if Coldplay was armed with only limited musical resources, but this was a show that demonstrated just how well the London outfit has evolved over the past 13 years.

It's cool for some not to like Coldplay, perhaps more so when the English band they looked up to early in their career and which oozes credibility, Radiohead, is touring the country at the same time.
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Filling stadiums never did U2's reputation much damage, though, and like the Irish group Coldplay has honed its stagecraft and its material to suit that medium and executes it exceedingly well.

The set comprised a mix of old and new, ranging in mood and tempo from the exquisite ballads Fix You and In My Place through to the bombastic Violet Hill and the opening salvo of Mylo Xyloto/Hurts Like Heaven.

There were plenty of singalongs in the form of Yellow, Paradise, Clocks and the closing Every Teardrop.

And to prove they're just four guys having fun, there was a short acoustic set at the back of the venue towards the end.

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My First Coldplay Concert

Hey guys! this is like my first post ever! basically ive been on this site since just before mylo came out! around about the time when they were doing the festivals! before that i was just a die hard coldplay fan that listened to there music every single day! now im sure that my family are sick of me saying random facts about coldplay i have learnt! now i wantedd to line up from 8 am! but my big sister said no:( but when i arrived at 1 i was shocked to see that i was so close to the front of the line! the 5 and a half hour wait in the warm melbourne sun was alright!

although i was shocked to see people younger than AROBTH infront of me! my sister and I met these coldplay fans that had seen every melbourne concert, we were planning tactics in how to reach the front :) (we lost them in the mosh) the etihad staff teased us by opening and closing the gates several times! but once they were opened the mad rush started! i managed to over take quite a few people on the way in. once i got my xyloband on i was off like a rocket! my big sister wasnt happy as she had a torn ligament in her ankle! but she caught up to me. i was behind a group of kids my age in the very front right hand corner! three people between me and the fence! in the end i made that two as the person infront of me was so annoying! when the pierces came on i was pleasently surprised to hear that they were better than i thought! although they were a warm up for the temper trap, now i must admit they are my second favourite band... and i loved it! such a buzz! but when the lights went out, well in the words of my big sister "you looked like a happy chimpmunk":D

smiling my head off, over whelmed with emotion as i realized my dream was coming true and nothing could stop it! as mylo xyloto started i just went crazy! off my head! but when they starting playing my favourite song hurts like heaven i was worse! i feel bad for the people around me as i am a terrible singer! when everyone in the crowd did the trademark WOAH WOAH i burst into tears! for months had i been doing that in the shower while listening to them on my ipod i just couldnt believe i was actually doing it with them! when Chris asked the crowd if anybody was out there i could not believe it... the crowd went crazy! i honestly didnt think it would start that spectacular! FIREWORKS, XYLOBANDS, LAZERS, COLDPLAY IN GENERAL!

Mr William Champions drum intro to in my place was damn amazing! the confetti though, wow, just wow! i was memorized by looking up at the beauty of butterflies, M's, X's, UFO's, Birds and tear drops raining down on me (i have a whole bag full of them). by then end of that song i was just having the best time! i still couldnt believe how into the concert the crowd was! major minus was just great! way better than the record version:) lovers in japan was great with the balloons and confetti! i have a popped balloon too! but then, the scientist! i was overwhelmed when i heard everybody finishing off the lyrics! words cant discribe it really... you just have to see if for yourself to know what i and the other 62499 people felt! when the singalong yellow started i managed to get my face on the big screen multiple times! it was better than i thought! by this stage id lost my voice but i just kept going! violet hill was brilliant!

and the slow starting GPASUYF was just another jaw dropper! as the moved to the b-stage and started POC i was surprised by how good it was... and up in flames was a nice sing along! warning sign... was just great! he started the song of by telling us a lie then making up a story about how will wrote it when he was 4 living in pakistan in a carer van, while johnny was a farm boy, guy was in bangladesh selling stuff on the streets and i (chris) was in the uk on X-Factor that hadnt been created yet! we all had a laugh but once he started a silence hit the stadium, then everyone joined in! Dont let it brake your heart was a good start up after that as it got everyone back in the party mood! then OOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHh, i couldnt believe how loud it was! just amazing! after the song the chant went on for atleast 1 extra minute then the crowd lit up! jonnys guitar started and charlie brown was alive! WOW just purely... again words cant descriibe it!

then the song that summed it up... PARADISE, i must say australian radio over played it but, wow again, great sing along! as the boys dissapeared to the other side of the stadium to sing us against the world and speed of sound i just felt reflected, on the day and how amazing it was, at that point i realized i wanted to leave the stadium without being able to speak! so when they started clocks i went crazy! fix you, wow! i cried during that song! it was just purely emotional! then every tear drop is a waterfall was topped off by chris with the aussie flag and the fireworks! seeing them leave didnt upset me... because i had the best 1 hour and 45 minutes of my life! i have done and seen a lot of things in my life! but this topped them all! words cant actually describe my feelings, but im sure a lot of you out there know what it feels like :) thank you so so much coldplay, and sorry coldplayers for this lousy review!
 

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Gig Review: Coldplay wow Melbourne



Finally... After what seemed like an eternity of anticipation, the time had come. The biggest band on the planet had touched down in Australia ready to bring their Mylo Xyloto live spectacular to their adoring fans.

The atmosphere in the stadium was electric, as 60,000 Coldplay fans waited eagerly for their heroes to take the stage. And suddenly, in the blink of an eye they came, belting out the opening chords of latest single 'Hurts Like Heaven' to rapturous applause and cheering. What followed next was nothing short of breathtaking...

An audio/visual onslaught to the senses ensued, as the show quickly ramped up to extraordinary levels, with confetti cannons blasting out millions of multi-coloured butterflies into the sky, as lasers shot out in all directions giving the stadium a magical winter wonderland feel. The special effects alone were enough to get even the most skeptical fan excited, but the combination of these spectacular visuals and Chris Martin belting out the chorus to 'Yellow' with all the heartfelt emotion he could muster took proceedings to a whole new level of greatness.



Then came that moment.. where 60,000 red, green, pink and blue wristbands lit up all around the arena, twinkling like Christmas lights in time to 'Viva La Vida' as Chris skipped about the stage with his arms wide, endearing the already smitten crowd with a promise to "make this the best fucking show we've ever done".

If extra-terrestrials exist.. and they were looking down on Etihad stadium last night.. There is no doubt in my mind they will be making a bee-line for earth as we speak.

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Me & Chris Martin



I don’t even know where to start I am so happy right now – so from the beginning is probably best:

I am a FAN of Coldplay. That is to say the least about my affection for the band. The entire band. I mean I love them all, their music, their attitude to life – everything. That said…Chris Martin is really the number 1 reason for this affection. Apart from being incredibly handsome (really really really good looking) – he is also my favourite lyricist ever. I love Coldplay lyrics just by themselves without the fanfare & music behind them (don’t get me wrong the music is what makes it sooooooooo much better, but the words is where it starts for me). I could go on and on and on and on, but you get the point I LOVE COLDPLAY & CHRIS MARTIN. Because of this it has been the mission of some of my co-workers to ensure that an opportunity to meet the band & Chris not pass me by whilst they were here in the country.

I would like to point out here that I am not very cool when it comes to meeting people I admire. I turn into a giggling school girl and go bright red like a beetroot. So the very thought of the possibility of this maybe happening was a little overwhelming to say the least. When it was even mentioned to me I would turn into a bumbling fool and immediately try to change the subject. It was with this in mind that Leah, my amazing friend & co-worker, sat me down last Friday and said “Sarah, if you get to meet Chris next week, you need to have a plan of what to say, you can’t just turn into a giggling school girl”. These are the words that came rushing back to me on Monday afternoon after I was told that if I could get myself to Melbourne on Tuesday I could go to a meet & greet with the Band before the show!!!!

Needless to say I got myself to Melbourne with a spring in my step and a bottle of rescue remedy in my bag & Leah’s last words of advice “just breathe”. And that’s exactly what I had to keep reminding myself to do whilst we waited in the “Friends and Family” room to meet the band. We had been warned it would be quick, the band do the M&G’s right before they go on stage, so a couple of minutes was what we were told to expect. Just before 9pm (the time they were due on stage) they turned up in the room. Fortunately for me, I had a little time to adjust to even being in the same room as them as there was a large group of competition winners before us. Then we were on, let me tell you the whole band are just like you want them to be as a fan – they are lovely – as much as I wanted to hug them all and say thank you for being such an amazing band and making life better everyday through their music, I successfully restrained myself to a dignified “great to meet you, thanks for coming to Australia”. Then after the obligatory group shot, our fearless leader Mark Poston, gentleman that he is, dived in and kindly asked if Chris would have a solo photo with me cause I was a mega fan and the next thing I knew he had his arm around me and we were smiling for the camera – in the immortal words of Rachel Zoe “I Die”.

The rest of the night was spent singing Coldplay songs at the top of my lungs and watching the amazing show unfold (see Sarah P’s review). It was honestly the most perfect evening, I wouldn’t change a single thing (if there was time I would have photos with them all and picked their brains for amazing anecdotes, but one must prioritize!). I need to say a HUGE thanks to Mr Mark Poston – the best thing about our boss is that he never forgets what it’s like to be a fan (P.S.notice I’m not blushing in the photo, grinning like a Cheshire Cat – but not blushing!).

So now just three more shows to go to before they leave the country, is 4 times in one week too much?

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Melbourne Victory demands pristine pitch at Etihad after Coldplay concert


Chris Martin fronting Coldplay at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night. Melbourne Victory will be inspecting the surface before this Sunday's match.

ETIHAD Stadium may have hosted a Coldplay concert on Tuesday night, but Melbourne Victory is expecting a pristine playing surface for Saturday night's clash with Central Coast.

Some 60,000 people converged on Docklands to see the British rock band and, while the stage itself was situated at the city end of the stadium, thousands general admission fans walked freely on the covered pitch.

Victory has held discussions with stadium management and will likely inspect the ground today.

The players will not have their usual familiarisation session at the ground tomorrow, but Victory football operations manager Paul Trimboli said that was not a concern.

"We expect that Etihad will prepare a pitch that's in keeping with the quality we need," Trimboli said.

"It's something that's out of our control anyway, so we don't focus on it too much.

"The pitch that we had last time out against Wellington the day before the (Melbourne) Cup was the best it's been this season, the players were really happy with that, so we're expecting it to be fairly similar.

"Obviously (stadium management) know we've got a game there on Saturday that's been locked in for a while so I'm assuming they planned the scaling down of the concert accordingly."

Meanwhile, Trimboli said he expects Archie Thompson and Marco Rojas to play against the Mariners barring any injuries picked up on international duty overnight.

The pair will arrive home tomorrow morning and train with teammates later in the day.

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Stadium specks hit the dizzy lights


Chris Martin of Coldplay performs live on stage at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.


Fans wave their armbands as Coldplay performs live on stage

ONE should never underestimate the power of the wristband, at least not when it can light up and follow a tune.

It was such a simple piece of gadgetry, worn by the bulk of the 60,000 crowd inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, that became a bonding element for audience and band as Coldplay opened their Australian tour on Monday.

The multicoloured wristbands, triggered to light up by the beats and guitar riffs of several Coldplay songs, created quite a spectacle, not least during their Australian No 1 (their first here, as singer Chris Martin pointed out), Paradise. The place lit up like a Christmas tree.

Stadiums demand such devices, of course, in order to create an atmosphere of intimacy when in fact, for the majority, there are just four specks at one end of the paddock creating the music.
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Early on, during Mylo Xyloto/Hurts Like Heaven and the anthemic ballad In My Place, it was debatable whether the accompanying pyrotechnics, including fireworks, balloons and guns firing confetti, would be enough to get Coldplay over the stadium line. They did it, though, thanks for the most part to their stagecraft and a lengthy list of songs that seem tailor-made for such large, willing, vocal audiences.

Show me a Coldplay anthem and I'll show you five more, and all of them got an airing in Melbourne, serving to underline that -- whether you think them cool or otherwise -- this band writes damn catchy pop songs.

Since their first visit to Australia on the back of their debut album, the breakthrough hit Yellow has never failed to ignite an audience and it did so here, with guitarist Jonny Buckland's riff giving the song a meatier than usual rock edge as a foil to Martin's lyrical romanticism.

Drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman added power and dynamism to the band's structures. During an acoustic set on a small stage to the back of the arena, all four showed their softer side on guitars, vocals and keyboards on the songs Us Against the World and Speed of Sound.

It was on the main stage, however, that Coldplay showed that they are capable -- and indeed at home -- with stadium rock. Martin, Buckland and Berryman worked the walkways, lifting the crowd during the bombastic Major Minus and Violet Hill.

Even more affective were the relatively recent singalongs Viva La Vida, Charlie Brown and, to close the main set, the aforementioned Paradise. They pressed all the right buttons here, ending with an encore that included early hit Clocks, followed by the best ballad in the band's recording career, Fix You, and closing with the passionate, fiery Every Teardrop.

The show lasted two hours but seemed to flash by much quicker than that. Perhaps there was something in those wristbands that made time stand still, or at least slow down, until the last firework hit the Melbourne sky and it was all over.

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