[2016-02-07] Coldplay headlining Super Bowl 2016 - Confirmed

anacaren08

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!


First rehearsal

we found what exactly we were doing, which was basically attend a free concert! :D So they began with playing Coldplay music to "see who knew the words" and it felt like an audition so we jumped for our lives! It got intense trying to jump, dance, AND sing the words. I wanted to show how excited I was but my lungs were on fire haha, I was so out of shape. (Super impressed with how Chris can do what he does) Unfortunately I had some idiots in my group who didn't do anything to show excitement. Other teams got chosen for the front sections of the stage. They were all high school students so they had plenty of energy, I can understand why they chose them haha. But all was not lost because my group still managed to get an okay spot even though it was in one of the back quadrants, we were in the front of that area. It was super fun because it's a coldplayer's dream, just sing and dance to Coldplay music for hours, lol. That's what we did. They told us the setlist except for Beyonce and Bruno's part. And we practiced all the songs, and the clapping, and the thing where Chris wanted us to get low during AOAL, and also the hearts at the end of Up & Up. Oh and we had to make sure we knew the chorus so we could sing along of course. So after all that we were put into the quadrant group teams. Mine was named Team Charlie. Then they sectioned us further into "pods" I was in pod "F". This was so we could practice running together as a group. They told us some celebrities might be among us like maybe Chris or a conductor, initially they also had planned for the violin kids to be hidden among us. So it was all super fun and exciting that first day, my body HURT all over the next day because of how hard I tried to impress the choreographers. It was very tiring and they only gave us a snack and water lol. I didn't mind, it was all for Coldplay of course!


Second Rehearsal

This was a dress rehearsal. Before we had met a different location but for the dress rehearsal we met at the Stadium. We checked in, went through security check, where they guided us only to where we could go to. They had escort us to restrooms so we couldn't leave the designated area. No phones allowed of course. We sat in the stands waiting for instructions. The dress rehearsal included everyone in the halftime show. The flowers, the pepsi logo kids, the YOLA kids, and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno. They called the first team called "Alpha" the VERY VERY lucky group that got to run with Chris! UGH was so jealous!! We waited a LONG time watching the 500 volunteers who set up the stage to set it all up. They had to do it in 6 minutes for the show but they took hours that day lol. The first Coldplay band member I saw was Will! He walked out by himself with a few other non-band members including R42! My sister had spotted R42 first but then I noticed Will was there! So I waved, and I seemed to be the only who noticed him and waved back! :D and gave us a thumbs up for being excited. He seemed like he was just taking a look at the stadium and left back.


We waited a lot more, and spotted Bruno and Beyonce, others were more excited about that. We slowly started to be told to move down from the seating area to the field which was covered up to prevent damage to the field. We stood in our assigned quadrants and waited for the first run through. While we stood there, Will was the only band member I could see from my point of view. We were soooo close to him and waved at him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was so crazy to know that he could see me and was acknowledging I was there! lol. I couldn't stop staring because it didn't seem real! We saw Beyonce practice her piece, and Bruno as well. The entire area was protected by helicopters and a lot of security, no one was allowed to record anything.


So first run through, we saw how Team Alpha was told to run and stay in place no matter how excited they were to be so close to Chris! They had to freak out on the inside lol. We saw how Chris started with Yellow and proceeded with the rest of the show but it was not a smooth run through. The first was just to get a feel of what the transitions of the songs was like. So we didn't do too much of the singing and jumping just yet. Occasionally we would sing along when Chris stopped singing while he figured out some things. At one point Will smiled at us because we finished singing Chris' part on Paradise :) Then Chris talked to us and said how we were an important part of the show because we were the "engine room" it's how they would get their energy. So he said we were in this together like a family and that we could just go for it and sing along during practice. He also walked to the back part where I stood, and it was sooo exciting!! He told us he would come over during Paradise and sing the "ooohhohoh" part haha he was so cute, he said "well, you guys will get it" lol He walked over to talk to Will and that's when one of my teammates yelled at him and said "Hey Chris!!" and he turned around! She then said "This is Ana and she is your biggest fan!" So Chris looked directly at me and said "Hi Ana" and all I could do was stand there like an idiot and smile and wave! :( I wish I would have said something but I just froze! So basically we had them all to ourselves having them go through the show a few times. Beyonce practiced her part without sound during our rehearsal and we saw her different costume choices. Oh and we also saw Phil there :)


We practiced running out of the field all the way to the outside of the stadium. On our way out to the tunnel exits Chris was walking among us so I was trying to catch up to him, when I got close enough I saw that a little girl was with him now. We got so close but suddenly we were asked to stop where we were going and wait on the edge of the field. Turns out the little girl was Blue Ivy LOL. After we practiced the exit to the outside of the stadium and did one final run through as if it were the real thing. We practiced the run from the tunnels to the stage. And sang along to the performance. They even did the fireworks too. Then we ran outside again and they told us to keep running and that we were done for the night. We began at 2:00pm and ended at 7:00pm. They gave us a lunch as we walked outside, we were starving from only having a small snack at the beginning. Super TIRED again! Another incredible day of just being with Coldplay!! I will never forget how I felt to have the boys so close!


Finally on Game Day!!!

We met up at 12:00pm at an offsite location. We got lunch, checked in, got our bracelet that showed we were part of the halftime cast and were led into an area with a screen where we waited to get loaded into buses. We were told about really going for it, and giving the energy to the artists, and they told us what Chris had said about us being important to the show. We loaded by groups and the buses were escorted by police. So police stopped traffic everywhere we passed so the buses would not be late to the stadium. That was super cool to feel so important haha. We arrived at the stadium and we had to jog to the security check point, that alone was tiring. We lined up outside and were given those Love buttons Chris hands out! <3 We waited a LONG time and we all had to use the restroom but they wouldn't let us because it was getting close to the show. It was so nerve wrecking to wait!!! We finally were led inside and waited the last few minutes for halftime. That was EVEN more nerve wrecking! We walked toward the opening of the tunnels and we got the first glimpse of the immensity of the stadium! It was so overwhelming and exhilarating to see and hear it all. I remember seeing the crowd colorful but I couldn't understand why it seemed so colorful. At this point we were waiting for the field crew volunteers to set up the stage in the 6 minutes allowed. Then we were asked to move to the left because Bruno and his crew were going to exit out. Bruno walked literally right next to me and his guards pushed me to move out of the way. The lady in front of me got distracted by Bruno so when everyone began running I had to push her and yell RUN!! She finally snapped back into focus haha and we SPRINTED!! I didn't look anywhere, everything was a blur of color! I remember jumping over cables, running past cable men and feeling my leg muscled HURT I seriously thought I ripped something. We had a brief moment to catch our breath (like 3 seconds) then Chris started with Yellow and the whole show began! My mouth was so dry I could hardly sing along, and I was so tired. And this time the crowd in my area was much crazier than at practice so they were pushing people towards the front. Beyonce was right up in front of me and after her first performance piece walked right in front of me, like literally I was in her personal space lol. but her body guard was protecting her of course and led to her to hide behind Will's drum set. The rest of the show continued and we just enjoyed singing and dancing and ended with making a heart shape with our hands. I'm explaining all the things that happened but I can't explain the EMOTIONS I felt!! it was so INCREDIBLE!! After the show ended we RAN again to get out of there as fast as we could. There was a lot of crowding and field people yelling for us to keep running! We were all still filled with adrenaline and we got high fives from some crew people saying good job. And immediately after exiting we walked all the way back to the buses.


Back at the offsite location, I could NOT walk!! I feared I REALLY had ripped a muscle. They had hot pizza ready for us and lots of water, and they had the rest of the game playing. They told us we would watch he halftime show after it ended to see how we did. They also gave us a hat that said Super Bowl 50 Pepsi halftime show as a gift. My group left home as soon as we got our hats to avoid traffic. I got home and could not believe what had just happened!! I finally saw the halftime show on my phone and thought it was so beautiful I had not seen how everything looked! all I had seen before was the stage because we were so focused on being excited during the show. I did see the stadium become way more colorful but I didn't know it said "Believe in Love" until I watched it all.


I loved how it all came together for Coldplay's vision! I thought it was all so BEAUTIFUL. My only critique would be to have more Coldplay. If they had done Hymn For The Weekend I think the show would have felt more balanced towards Coldplay being the headliner. I LOVED every minute of it and wish I could do EVERYTHING all over again!! I keep explaining this experience as an Adventure Of A Lifetime! I'm so grateful for everything and I just love the boys even MORE now that this happened because they truly care about the fans and how we experience their music. They made us feel important to the show :) BTW it feels good and weird to say all of this because we were always told we couldn't say a single thing about it! I still get the feeling I would get in trouble lol but they can't kick me out of the show anymore! :p Now when I hear Adventure Of A Lifetime I get taken back to that day <3
 

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!


First rehearsal

we found what exactly we were doing, which was basically attend a free concert! :D So they began with playing Coldplay music to "see who knew the words" and it felt like an audition so we jumped for our lives! It got intense trying to jump, dance, AND sing the words. I wanted to show how excited I was but my lungs were on fire haha, I was so out of shape. (Super impressed with how Chris can do what he does) Unfortunately I had some idiots in my group who didn't do anything to show excitement. Other teams got chosen for the front sections of the stage. They were all high school students so they had plenty of energy, I can understand why they chose them haha. But all was not lost because my group still managed to get an okay spot even though it was in one of the back quadrants, we were in the front of that area. It was super fun because it's a coldplayer's dream, just sing and dance to Coldplay music for hours, lol. That's what we did. They told us the setlist except for Beyonce and Bruno's part. And we practiced all the songs, and the clapping, and the thing where Chris wanted us to get low during AOAL, and also the hearts at the end of Up & Up. Oh and we had to make sure we knew the chorus so we could sing along of course. So after all that we were put into the quadrant group teams. Mine was named Team Charlie. Then they sectioned us further into "pods" I was in pod "F". This was so we could practice running together as a group. They told us some celebrities might be among us like maybe Chris or a conductor, initially they also had planned for the violin kids to be hidden among us. So it was all super fun and exciting that first day, my body HURT all over the next day because of how hard I tried to impress the choreographers. It was very tiring and they only gave us a snack and water lol. I didn't mind, it was all for Coldplay of course!


Second Rehearsal

This was a dress rehearsal. Before we had met a different location but for the dress rehearsal we met at the Stadium. We checked in, went through security check, where they guided us only to where we could go to. They had escort us to restrooms so we couldn't leave the designated area. No phones allowed of course. We sat in the stands waiting for instructions. The dress rehearsal included everyone in the halftime show. The flowers, the pepsi logo kids, the YOLA kids, and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno. They called the first team called "Alpha" the VERY VERY lucky group that got to run with Chris! UGH was so jealous!! We waited a LONG time watching the 500 volunteers who set up the stage to set it all up. They had to do it in 6 minutes for the show but they took hours that day lol. The first Coldplay band member I saw was Will! He walked out by himself with a few other non-band members including R42! My sister had spotted R42 first but then I noticed Will was there! So I waved, and I seemed to be the only who noticed him and waved back! :D and gave us a thumbs up for being excited. He seemed like he was just taking a look at the stadium and left back.


We waited a lot more, and spotted Bruno and Beyonce, others were more excited about that. We slowly started to be told to move down from the seating area to the field which was covered up to prevent damage to the field. We stood in our assigned quadrants and waited for the first run through. While we stood there, Will was the only band member I could see from my point of view. We were soooo close to him and waved at him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was so crazy to know that he could see me and was acknowledging I was there! lol. I couldn't stop staring because it didn't seem real! We saw Beyonce practice her piece, and Bruno as well. The entire area was protected by helicopters and a lot of security, no one was allowed to record anything.


So first run through, we saw how Team Alpha was told to run and stay in place no matter how excited they were to be so close to Chris! They had to freak out on the inside lol. We saw how Chris started with Yellow and proceeded with the rest of the show but it was not a smooth run through. The first was just to get a feel of what the transitions of the songs was like. So we didn't do too much of the singing and jumping just yet. Occasionally we would sing along when Chris stopped singing while he figured out some things. At one point Will smiled at us because we finished singing Chris' part on Paradise :) Then Chris talked to us and said how we were an important part of the show because we were the "engine room" it's how they would get their energy. So he said we were in this together like a family and that we could just go for it and sing along during practice. He also walked to the back part where I stood, and it was sooo exciting!! He told us he would come over during Paradise and sing the "ooohhohoh" part haha he was so cute, he said "well, you guys will get it" lol He walked over to talk to Will and that's when one of my teammates yelled at him and said "Hey Chris!!" and he turned around! She then said "This is Ana and she is your biggest fan!" So Chris looked directly at me and said "Hi Ana" and all I could do was stand there like an idiot and smile and wave! :( I wish I would have said something but I just froze! So basically we had them all to ourselves having them go through the show a few times. Beyonce practiced her part without sound during our rehearsal and we saw her different costume choices. Oh and we also saw Phil there :)


We practiced running out of the field all the way to the outside of the stadium. On our way out to the tunnel exits Chris was walking among us so I was trying to catch up to him, when I got close enough I saw that a little girl was with him now. We got so close but suddenly we were asked to stop where we were going and wait on the edge of the field. Turns out the little girl was Blue Ivy LOL. After we practiced the exit to the outside of the stadium and did one final run through as if it were the real thing. We practiced the run from the tunnels to the stage. And sang along to the performance. They even did the fireworks too. Then we ran outside again and they told us to keep running and that we were done for the night. We began at 2:00pm and ended at 7:00pm. They gave us a lunch as we walked outside, we were starving from only having a small snack at the beginning. Super TIRED again! Another incredible day of just being with Coldplay!! I will never forget how I felt to have the boys so close!


Finally on Game Day!!!

We met up at 12:00pm at an offsite location. We got lunch, checked in, got our bracelet that showed we were part of the halftime cast and were led into an area with a screen where we waited to get loaded into buses. We were told about really going for it, and giving the energy to the artists, and they told us what Chris had said about us being important to the show. We loaded by groups and the buses were escorted by police. So police stopped traffic everywhere we passed so the buses would not be late to the stadium. That was super cool to feel so important haha. We arrived at the stadium and we had to jog to the security check point, that alone was tiring. We lined up outside and were given those Love buttons Chris hands out! <3 We waited a LONG time and we all had to use the restroom but they wouldn't let us because it was getting close to the show. It was so nerve wrecking to wait!!! We finally were led inside and waited the last few minutes for halftime. That was EVEN more nerve wrecking! We walked toward the opening of the tunnels and we got the first glimpse of the immensity of the stadium! It was so overwhelming and exhilarating to see and hear it all. I remember seeing the crowd colorful but I couldn't understand why it seemed so colorful. At this point we were waiting for the field crew volunteers to set up the stage in the 6 minutes allowed. Then we were asked to move to the left because Bruno and his crew were going to exit out. Bruno walked literally right next to me and his guards pushed me to move out of the way. The lady in front of me got distracted by Bruno so when everyone began running I had to push her and yell RUN!! She finally snapped back into focus haha and we SPRINTED!! I didn't look anywhere, everything was a blur of color! I remember jumping over cables, running past cable men and feeling my leg muscled HURT I seriously thought I ripped something. We had a brief moment to catch our breath (like 3 seconds) then Chris started with Yellow and the whole show began! My mouth was so dry I could hardly sing along, and I was so tired. And this time the crowd in my area was much crazier than at practice so they were pushing people towards the front. Beyonce was right up in front of me and after her first performance piece walked right in front of me, like literally I was in her personal space lol. but her body guard was protecting her of course and led to her to hide behind Will's drum set. The rest of the show continued and we just enjoyed singing and dancing and ended with making a heart shape with our hands. I'm explaining all the things that happened but I can't explain the EMOTIONS I felt!! it was so INCREDIBLE!! After the show ended we RAN again to get out of there as fast as we could. There was a lot of crowding and field people yelling for us to keep running! We were all still filled with adrenaline and we got high fives from some crew people saying good job. And immediately after exiting we walked all the way back to the buses.


Back at the offsite location, I could NOT walk!! I feared I REALLY had ripped a muscle. They had hot pizza ready for us and lots of water, and they had the rest of the game playing. They told us we would watch he halftime show after it ended to see how we did. They also gave us a hat that said Super Bowl 50 Pepsi halftime show as a gift. My group left home as soon as we got our hats to avoid traffic. I got home and could not believe what had just happened!! I finally saw the halftime show on my phone and thought it was so beautiful I had not seen how everything looked! all I had seen before was the stage because we were so focused on being excited during the show. I did see the stadium become way more colorful but I didn't know it said "Believe in Love" until I watched it all.


I loved how it all came together for Coldplay's vision! I thought it was all so BEAUTIFUL. My only critique would be to have more Coldplay. If they had done Hymn For The Weekend I think the show would have felt more balanced towards Coldplay being the headliner. I LOVED every minute of it and wish I could do EVERYTHING all over again!! I keep explaining this experience as an Adventure Of A Lifetime! I'm so grateful for everything and I just love the boys even MORE now that this happened because they truly care about the fans and how we experience their music. They made us feel important to the show :) BTW it feels good and weird to say all of this because we were always told we couldn't say a single thing about it! I still get the feeling I would get in trouble lol but they can't kick me out of the show anymore! :p Now when I hear Adventure Of A Lifetime I get taken back to that day <3
This is an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing it!
 

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!


First rehearsal

we found what exactly we were doing, which was basically attend a free concert! :D So they began with playing Coldplay music to "see who knew the words" and it felt like an audition so we jumped for our lives! It got intense trying to jump, dance, AND sing the words. I wanted to show how excited I was but my lungs were on fire haha, I was so out of shape. (Super impressed with how Chris can do what he does) Unfortunately I had some idiots in my group who didn't do anything to show excitement. Other teams got chosen for the front sections of the stage. They were all high school students so they had plenty of energy, I can understand why they chose them haha. But all was not lost because my group still managed to get an okay spot even though it was in one of the back quadrants, we were in the front of that area. It was super fun because it's a coldplayer's dream, just sing and dance to Coldplay music for hours, lol. That's what we did. They told us the setlist except for Beyonce and Bruno's part. And we practiced all the songs, and the clapping, and the thing where Chris wanted us to get low during AOAL, and also the hearts at the end of Up & Up. Oh and we had to make sure we knew the chorus so we could sing along of course. So after all that we were put into the quadrant group teams. Mine was named Team Charlie. Then they sectioned us further into "pods" I was in pod "F". This was so we could practice running together as a group. They told us some celebrities might be among us like maybe Chris or a conductor, initially they also had planned for the violin kids to be hidden among us. So it was all super fun and exciting that first day, my body HURT all over the next day because of how hard I tried to impress the choreographers. It was very tiring and they only gave us a snack and water lol. I didn't mind, it was all for Coldplay of course!


Second Rehearsal

This was a dress rehearsal. Before we had met a different location but for the dress rehearsal we met at the Stadium. We checked in, went through security check, where they guided us only to where we could go to. They had escort us to restrooms so we couldn't leave the designated area. No phones allowed of course. We sat in the stands waiting for instructions. The dress rehearsal included everyone in the halftime show. The flowers, the pepsi logo kids, the YOLA kids, and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno. They called the first team called "Alpha" the VERY VERY lucky group that got to run with Chris! UGH was so jealous!! We waited a LONG time watching the 500 volunteers who set up the stage to set it all up. They had to do it in 6 minutes for the show but they took hours that day lol. The first Coldplay band member I saw was Will! He walked out by himself with a few other non-band members including R42! My sister had spotted R42 first but then I noticed Will was there! So I waved, and I seemed to be the only who noticed him and waved back! :D and gave us a thumbs up for being excited. He seemed like he was just taking a look at the stadium and left back.


We waited a lot more, and spotted Bruno and Beyonce, others were more excited about that. We slowly started to be told to move down from the seating area to the field which was covered up to prevent damage to the field. We stood in our assigned quadrants and waited for the first run through. While we stood there, Will was the only band member I could see from my point of view. We were soooo close to him and waved at him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was so crazy to know that he could see me and was acknowledging I was there! lol. I couldn't stop staring because it didn't seem real! We saw Beyonce practice her piece, and Bruno as well. The entire area was protected by helicopters and a lot of security, no one was allowed to record anything.


So first run through, we saw how Team Alpha was told to run and stay in place no matter how excited they were to be so close to Chris! They had to freak out on the inside lol. We saw how Chris started with Yellow and proceeded with the rest of the show but it was not a smooth run through. The first was just to get a feel of what the transitions of the songs was like. So we didn't do too much of the singing and jumping just yet. Occasionally we would sing along when Chris stopped singing while he figured out some things. At one point Will smiled at us because we finished singing Chris' part on Paradise :) Then Chris talked to us and said how we were an important part of the show because we were the "engine room" it's how they would get their energy. So he said we were in this together like a family and that we could just go for it and sing along during practice. He also walked to the back part where I stood, and it was sooo exciting!! He told us he would come over during Paradise and sing the "ooohhohoh" part haha he was so cute, he said "well, you guys will get it" lol He walked over to talk to Will and that's when one of my teammates yelled at him and said "Hey Chris!!" and he turned around! She then said "This is Ana and she is your biggest fan!" So Chris looked directly at me and said "Hi Ana" and all I could do was stand there like an idiot and smile and wave! :( I wish I would have said something but I just froze! So basically we had them all to ourselves having them go through the show a few times. Beyonce practiced her part without sound during our rehearsal and we saw her different costume choices. Oh and we also saw Phil there :)


We practiced running out of the field all the way to the outside of the stadium. On our way out to the tunnel exits Chris was walking among us so I was trying to catch up to him, when I got close enough I saw that a little girl was with him now. We got so close but suddenly we were asked to stop where we were going and wait on the edge of the field. Turns out the little girl was Blue Ivy LOL. After we practiced the exit to the outside of the stadium and did one final run through as if it were the real thing. We practiced the run from the tunnels to the stage. And sang along to the performance. They even did the fireworks too. Then we ran outside again and they told us to keep running and that we were done for the night. We began at 2:00pm and ended at 7:00pm. They gave us a lunch as we walked outside, we were starving from only having a small snack at the beginning. Super TIRED again! Another incredible day of just being with Coldplay!! I will never forget how I felt to have the boys so close!


Finally on Game Day!!!

We met up at 12:00pm at an offsite location. We got lunch, checked in, got our bracelet that showed we were part of the halftime cast and were led into an area with a screen where we waited to get loaded into buses. We were told about really going for it, and giving the energy to the artists, and they told us what Chris had said about us being important to the show. We loaded by groups and the buses were escorted by police. So police stopped traffic everywhere we passed so the buses would not be late to the stadium. That was super cool to feel so important haha. We arrived at the stadium and we had to jog to the security check point, that alone was tiring. We lined up outside and were given those Love buttons Chris hands out! <3 We waited a LONG time and we all had to use the restroom but they wouldn't let us because it was getting close to the show. It was so nerve wrecking to wait!!! We finally were led inside and waited the last few minutes for halftime. That was EVEN more nerve wrecking! We walked toward the opening of the tunnels and we got the first glimpse of the immensity of the stadium! It was so overwhelming and exhilarating to see and hear it all. I remember seeing the crowd colorful but I couldn't understand why it seemed so colorful. At this point we were waiting for the field crew volunteers to set up the stage in the 6 minutes allowed. Then we were asked to move to the left because Bruno and his crew were going to exit out. Bruno walked literally right next to me and his guards pushed me to move out of the way. The lady in front of me got distracted by Bruno so when everyone began running I had to push her and yell RUN!! She finally snapped back into focus haha and we SPRINTED!! I didn't look anywhere, everything was a blur of color! I remember jumping over cables, running past cable men and feeling my leg muscled HURT I seriously thought I ripped something. We had a brief moment to catch our breath (like 3 seconds) then Chris started with Yellow and the whole show began! My mouth was so dry I could hardly sing along, and I was so tired. And this time the crowd in my area was much crazier than at practice so they were pushing people towards the front. Beyonce was right up in front of me and after her first performance piece walked right in front of me, like literally I was in her personal space lol. but her body guard was protecting her of course and led to her to hide behind Will's drum set. The rest of the show continued and we just enjoyed singing and dancing and ended with making a heart shape with our hands. I'm explaining all the things that happened but I can't explain the EMOTIONS I felt!! it was so INCREDIBLE!! After the show ended we RAN again to get out of there as fast as we could. There was a lot of crowding and field people yelling for us to keep running! We were all still filled with adrenaline and we got high fives from some crew people saying good job. And immediately after exiting we walked all the way back to the buses.


Back at the offsite location, I could NOT walk!! I feared I REALLY had ripped a muscle. They had hot pizza ready for us and lots of water, and they had the rest of the game playing. They told us we would watch he halftime show after it ended to see how we did. They also gave us a hat that said Super Bowl 50 Pepsi halftime show as a gift. My group left home as soon as we got our hats to avoid traffic. I got home and could not believe what had just happened!! I finally saw the halftime show on my phone and thought it was so beautiful I had not seen how everything looked! all I had seen before was the stage because we were so focused on being excited during the show. I did see the stadium become way more colorful but I didn't know it said "Believe in Love" until I watched it all.


I loved how it all came together for Coldplay's vision! I thought it was all so BEAUTIFUL. My only critique would be to have more Coldplay. If they had done Hymn For The Weekend I think the show would have felt more balanced towards Coldplay being the headliner. I LOVED every minute of it and wish I could do EVERYTHING all over again!! I keep explaining this experience as an Adventure Of A Lifetime! I'm so grateful for everything and I just love the boys even MORE now that this happened because they truly care about the fans and how we experience their music. They made us feel important to the show :) BTW it feels good and weird to say all of this because we were always told we couldn't say a single thing about it! I still get the feeling I would get in trouble lol but they can't kick me out of the show anymore! :p Now when I hear Adventure Of A Lifetime I get taken back to that day <3

Awesome report ! Very happy for you that you got to be part of it ! :)
 

Nie

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!
Wow, what a great experience!
I'm glad that they gave real Coldplay fans a chance to be part of this Adventure of a Lifetime.
 

Stephie

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!


First rehearsal

we found what exactly we were doing, which was basically attend a free concert! :D So they began with playing Coldplay music to "see who knew the words" and it felt like an audition so we jumped for our lives! It got intense trying to jump, dance, AND sing the words. I wanted to show how excited I was but my lungs were on fire haha, I was so out of shape. (Super impressed with how Chris can do what he does) Unfortunately I had some idiots in my group who didn't do anything to show excitement. Other teams got chosen for the front sections of the stage. They were all high school students so they had plenty of energy, I can understand why they chose them haha. But all was not lost because my group still managed to get an okay spot even though it was in one of the back quadrants, we were in the front of that area. It was super fun because it's a coldplayer's dream, just sing and dance to Coldplay music for hours, lol. That's what we did. They told us the setlist except for Beyonce and Bruno's part. And we practiced all the songs, and the clapping, and the thing where Chris wanted us to get low during AOAL, and also the hearts at the end of Up & Up. Oh and we had to make sure we knew the chorus so we could sing along of course. So after all that we were put into the quadrant group teams. Mine was named Team Charlie. Then they sectioned us further into "pods" I was in pod "F". This was so we could practice running together as a group. They told us some celebrities might be among us like maybe Chris or a conductor, initially they also had planned for the violin kids to be hidden among us. So it was all super fun and exciting that first day, my body HURT all over the next day because of how hard I tried to impress the choreographers. It was very tiring and they only gave us a snack and water lol. I didn't mind, it was all for Coldplay of course!


Second Rehearsal

This was a dress rehearsal. Before we had met a different location but for the dress rehearsal we met at the Stadium. We checked in, went through security check, where they guided us only to where we could go to. They had escort us to restrooms so we couldn't leave the designated area. No phones allowed of course. We sat in the stands waiting for instructions. The dress rehearsal included everyone in the halftime show. The flowers, the pepsi logo kids, the YOLA kids, and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno. They called the first team called "Alpha" the VERY VERY lucky group that got to run with Chris! UGH was so jealous!! We waited a LONG time watching the 500 volunteers who set up the stage to set it all up. They had to do it in 6 minutes for the show but they took hours that day lol. The first Coldplay band member I saw was Will! He walked out by himself with a few other non-band members including R42! My sister had spotted R42 first but then I noticed Will was there! So I waved, and I seemed to be the only who noticed him and waved back! :D and gave us a thumbs up for being excited. He seemed like he was just taking a look at the stadium and left back.


We waited a lot more, and spotted Bruno and Beyonce, others were more excited about that. We slowly started to be told to move down from the seating area to the field which was covered up to prevent damage to the field. We stood in our assigned quadrants and waited for the first run through. While we stood there, Will was the only band member I could see from my point of view. We were soooo close to him and waved at him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was so crazy to know that he could see me and was acknowledging I was there! lol. I couldn't stop staring because it didn't seem real! We saw Beyonce practice her piece, and Bruno as well. The entire area was protected by helicopters and a lot of security, no one was allowed to record anything.


So first run through, we saw how Team Alpha was told to run and stay in place no matter how excited they were to be so close to Chris! They had to freak out on the inside lol. We saw how Chris started with Yellow and proceeded with the rest of the show but it was not a smooth run through. The first was just to get a feel of what the transitions of the songs was like. So we didn't do too much of the singing and jumping just yet. Occasionally we would sing along when Chris stopped singing while he figured out some things. At one point Will smiled at us because we finished singing Chris' part on Paradise :) Then Chris talked to us and said how we were an important part of the show because we were the "engine room" it's how they would get their energy. So he said we were in this together like a family and that we could just go for it and sing along during practice. He also walked to the back part where I stood, and it was sooo exciting!! He told us he would come over during Paradise and sing the "ooohhohoh" part haha he was so cute, he said "well, you guys will get it" lol He walked over to talk to Will and that's when one of my teammates yelled at him and said "Hey Chris!!" and he turned around! She then said "This is Ana and she is your biggest fan!" So Chris looked directly at me and said "Hi Ana" and all I could do was stand there like an idiot and smile and wave! :( I wish I would have said something but I just froze! So basically we had them all to ourselves having them go through the show a few times. Beyonce practiced her part without sound during our rehearsal and we saw her different costume choices. Oh and we also saw Phil there :)


We practiced running out of the field all the way to the outside of the stadium. On our way out to the tunnel exits Chris was walking among us so I was trying to catch up to him, when I got close enough I saw that a little girl was with him now. We got so close but suddenly we were asked to stop where we were going and wait on the edge of the field. Turns out the little girl was Blue Ivy LOL. After we practiced the exit to the outside of the stadium and did one final run through as if it were the real thing. We practiced the run from the tunnels to the stage. And sang along to the performance. They even did the fireworks too. Then we ran outside again and they told us to keep running and that we were done for the night. We began at 2:00pm and ended at 7:00pm. They gave us a lunch as we walked outside, we were starving from only having a small snack at the beginning. Super TIRED again! Another incredible day of just being with Coldplay!! I will never forget how I felt to have the boys so close!


Finally on Game Day!!!

We met up at 12:00pm at an offsite location. We got lunch, checked in, got our bracelet that showed we were part of the halftime cast and were led into an area with a screen where we waited to get loaded into buses. We were told about really going for it, and giving the energy to the artists, and they told us what Chris had said about us being important to the show. We loaded by groups and the buses were escorted by police. So police stopped traffic everywhere we passed so the buses would not be late to the stadium. That was super cool to feel so important haha. We arrived at the stadium and we had to jog to the security check point, that alone was tiring. We lined up outside and were given those Love buttons Chris hands out! <3 We waited a LONG time and we all had to use the restroom but they wouldn't let us because it was getting close to the show. It was so nerve wrecking to wait!!! We finally were led inside and waited the last few minutes for halftime. That was EVEN more nerve wrecking! We walked toward the opening of the tunnels and we got the first glimpse of the immensity of the stadium! It was so overwhelming and exhilarating to see and hear it all. I remember seeing the crowd colorful but I couldn't understand why it seemed so colorful. At this point we were waiting for the field crew volunteers to set up the stage in the 6 minutes allowed. Then we were asked to move to the left because Bruno and his crew were going to exit out. Bruno walked literally right next to me and his guards pushed me to move out of the way. The lady in front of me got distracted by Bruno so when everyone began running I had to push her and yell RUN!! She finally snapped back into focus haha and we SPRINTED!! I didn't look anywhere, everything was a blur of color! I remember jumping over cables, running past cable men and feeling my leg muscled HURT I seriously thought I ripped something. We had a brief moment to catch our breath (like 3 seconds) then Chris started with Yellow and the whole show began! My mouth was so dry I could hardly sing along, and I was so tired. And this time the crowd in my area was much crazier than at practice so they were pushing people towards the front. Beyonce was right up in front of me and after her first performance piece walked right in front of me, like literally I was in her personal space lol. but her body guard was protecting her of course and led to her to hide behind Will's drum set. The rest of the show continued and we just enjoyed singing and dancing and ended with making a heart shape with our hands. I'm explaining all the things that happened but I can't explain the EMOTIONS I felt!! it was so INCREDIBLE!! After the show ended we RAN again to get out of there as fast as we could. There was a lot of crowding and field people yelling for us to keep running! We were all still filled with adrenaline and we got high fives from some crew people saying good job. And immediately after exiting we walked all the way back to the buses.


Back at the offsite location, I could NOT walk!! I feared I REALLY had ripped a muscle. They had hot pizza ready for us and lots of water, and they had the rest of the game playing. They told us we would watch he halftime show after it ended to see how we did. They also gave us a hat that said Super Bowl 50 Pepsi halftime show as a gift. My group left home as soon as we got our hats to avoid traffic. I got home and could not believe what had just happened!! I finally saw the halftime show on my phone and thought it was so beautiful I had not seen how everything looked! all I had seen before was the stage because we were so focused on being excited during the show. I did see the stadium become way more colorful but I didn't know it said "Believe in Love" until I watched it all.


I loved how it all came together for Coldplay's vision! I thought it was all so BEAUTIFUL. My only critique would be to have more Coldplay. If they had done Hymn For The Weekend I think the show would have felt more balanced towards Coldplay being the headliner. I LOVED every minute of it and wish I could do EVERYTHING all over again!! I keep explaining this experience as an Adventure Of A Lifetime! I'm so grateful for everything and I just love the boys even MORE now that this happened because they truly care about the fans and how we experience their music. They made us feel important to the show :) BTW it feels good and weird to say all of this because we were always told we couldn't say a single thing about it! I still get the feeling I would get in trouble lol but they can't kick me out of the show anymore! :p Now when I hear Adventure Of A Lifetime I get taken back to that day <3
Wow, thank you so much for your detailed report! :) I could feel your excitement through your words and felt so happy for you just reading it. What an amazing experience - an adventure of a lifetime for sure!
 
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diogo_sg

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!


First rehearsal

we found what exactly we were doing, which was basically attend a free concert! :D So they began with playing Coldplay music to "see who knew the words" and it felt like an audition so we jumped for our lives! It got intense trying to jump, dance, AND sing the words. I wanted to show how excited I was but my lungs were on fire haha, I was so out of shape. (Super impressed with how Chris can do what he does) Unfortunately I had some idiots in my group who didn't do anything to show excitement. Other teams got chosen for the front sections of the stage. They were all high school students so they had plenty of energy, I can understand why they chose them haha. But all was not lost because my group still managed to get an okay spot even though it was in one of the back quadrants, we were in the front of that area. It was super fun because it's a coldplayer's dream, just sing and dance to Coldplay music for hours, lol. That's what we did. They told us the setlist except for Beyonce and Bruno's part. And we practiced all the songs, and the clapping, and the thing where Chris wanted us to get low during AOAL, and also the hearts at the end of Up & Up. Oh and we had to make sure we knew the chorus so we could sing along of course. So after all that we were put into the quadrant group teams. Mine was named Team Charlie. Then they sectioned us further into "pods" I was in pod "F". This was so we could practice running together as a group. They told us some celebrities might be among us like maybe Chris or a conductor, initially they also had planned for the violin kids to be hidden among us. So it was all super fun and exciting that first day, my body HURT all over the next day because of how hard I tried to impress the choreographers. It was very tiring and they only gave us a snack and water lol. I didn't mind, it was all for Coldplay of course!


Second Rehearsal

This was a dress rehearsal. Before we had met a different location but for the dress rehearsal we met at the Stadium. We checked in, went through security check, where they guided us only to where we could go to. They had escort us to restrooms so we couldn't leave the designated area. No phones allowed of course. We sat in the stands waiting for instructions. The dress rehearsal included everyone in the halftime show. The flowers, the pepsi logo kids, the YOLA kids, and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno. They called the first team called "Alpha" the VERY VERY lucky group that got to run with Chris! UGH was so jealous!! We waited a LONG time watching the 500 volunteers who set up the stage to set it all up. They had to do it in 6 minutes for the show but they took hours that day lol. The first Coldplay band member I saw was Will! He walked out by himself with a few other non-band members including R42! My sister had spotted R42 first but then I noticed Will was there! So I waved, and I seemed to be the only who noticed him and waved back! :D and gave us a thumbs up for being excited. He seemed like he was just taking a look at the stadium and left back.


We waited a lot more, and spotted Bruno and Beyonce, others were more excited about that. We slowly started to be told to move down from the seating area to the field which was covered up to prevent damage to the field. We stood in our assigned quadrants and waited for the first run through. While we stood there, Will was the only band member I could see from my point of view. We were soooo close to him and waved at him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was so crazy to know that he could see me and was acknowledging I was there! lol. I couldn't stop staring because it didn't seem real! We saw Beyonce practice her piece, and Bruno as well. The entire area was protected by helicopters and a lot of security, no one was allowed to record anything.


So first run through, we saw how Team Alpha was told to run and stay in place no matter how excited they were to be so close to Chris! They had to freak out on the inside lol. We saw how Chris started with Yellow and proceeded with the rest of the show but it was not a smooth run through. The first was just to get a feel of what the transitions of the songs was like. So we didn't do too much of the singing and jumping just yet. Occasionally we would sing along when Chris stopped singing while he figured out some things. At one point Will smiled at us because we finished singing Chris' part on Paradise :) Then Chris talked to us and said how we were an important part of the show because we were the "engine room" it's how they would get their energy. So he said we were in this together like a family and that we could just go for it and sing along during practice. He also walked to the back part where I stood, and it was sooo exciting!! He told us he would come over during Paradise and sing the "ooohhohoh" part haha he was so cute, he said "well, you guys will get it" lol He walked over to talk to Will and that's when one of my teammates yelled at him and said "Hey Chris!!" and he turned around! She then said "This is Ana and she is your biggest fan!" So Chris looked directly at me and said "Hi Ana" and all I could do was stand there like an idiot and smile and wave! :( I wish I would have said something but I just froze! So basically we had them all to ourselves having them go through the show a few times. Beyonce practiced her part without sound during our rehearsal and we saw her different costume choices. Oh and we also saw Phil there :)


We practiced running out of the field all the way to the outside of the stadium. On our way out to the tunnel exits Chris was walking among us so I was trying to catch up to him, when I got close enough I saw that a little girl was with him now. We got so close but suddenly we were asked to stop where we were going and wait on the edge of the field. Turns out the little girl was Blue Ivy LOL. After we practiced the exit to the outside of the stadium and did one final run through as if it were the real thing. We practiced the run from the tunnels to the stage. And sang along to the performance. They even did the fireworks too. Then we ran outside again and they told us to keep running and that we were done for the night. We began at 2:00pm and ended at 7:00pm. They gave us a lunch as we walked outside, we were starving from only having a small snack at the beginning. Super TIRED again! Another incredible day of just being with Coldplay!! I will never forget how I felt to have the boys so close!


Finally on Game Day!!!

We met up at 12:00pm at an offsite location. We got lunch, checked in, got our bracelet that showed we were part of the halftime cast and were led into an area with a screen where we waited to get loaded into buses. We were told about really going for it, and giving the energy to the artists, and they told us what Chris had said about us being important to the show. We loaded by groups and the buses were escorted by police. So police stopped traffic everywhere we passed so the buses would not be late to the stadium. That was super cool to feel so important haha. We arrived at the stadium and we had to jog to the security check point, that alone was tiring. We lined up outside and were given those Love buttons Chris hands out! <3 We waited a LONG time and we all had to use the restroom but they wouldn't let us because it was getting close to the show. It was so nerve wrecking to wait!!! We finally were led inside and waited the last few minutes for halftime. That was EVEN more nerve wrecking! We walked toward the opening of the tunnels and we got the first glimpse of the immensity of the stadium! It was so overwhelming and exhilarating to see and hear it all. I remember seeing the crowd colorful but I couldn't understand why it seemed so colorful. At this point we were waiting for the field crew volunteers to set up the stage in the 6 minutes allowed. Then we were asked to move to the left because Bruno and his crew were going to exit out. Bruno walked literally right next to me and his guards pushed me to move out of the way. The lady in front of me got distracted by Bruno so when everyone began running I had to push her and yell RUN!! She finally snapped back into focus haha and we SPRINTED!! I didn't look anywhere, everything was a blur of color! I remember jumping over cables, running past cable men and feeling my leg muscled HURT I seriously thought I ripped something. We had a brief moment to catch our breath (like 3 seconds) then Chris started with Yellow and the whole show began! My mouth was so dry I could hardly sing along, and I was so tired. And this time the crowd in my area was much crazier than at practice so they were pushing people towards the front. Beyonce was right up in front of me and after her first performance piece walked right in front of me, like literally I was in her personal space lol. but her body guard was protecting her of course and led to her to hide behind Will's drum set. The rest of the show continued and we just enjoyed singing and dancing and ended with making a heart shape with our hands. I'm explaining all the things that happened but I can't explain the EMOTIONS I felt!! it was so INCREDIBLE!! After the show ended we RAN again to get out of there as fast as we could. There was a lot of crowding and field people yelling for us to keep running! We were all still filled with adrenaline and we got high fives from some crew people saying good job. And immediately after exiting we walked all the way back to the buses.


Back at the offsite location, I could NOT walk!! I feared I REALLY had ripped a muscle. They had hot pizza ready for us and lots of water, and they had the rest of the game playing. They told us we would watch he halftime show after it ended to see how we did. They also gave us a hat that said Super Bowl 50 Pepsi halftime show as a gift. My group left home as soon as we got our hats to avoid traffic. I got home and could not believe what had just happened!! I finally saw the halftime show on my phone and thought it was so beautiful I had not seen how everything looked! all I had seen before was the stage because we were so focused on being excited during the show. I did see the stadium become way more colorful but I didn't know it said "Believe in Love" until I watched it all.


I loved how it all came together for Coldplay's vision! I thought it was all so BEAUTIFUL. My only critique would be to have more Coldplay. If they had done Hymn For The Weekend I think the show would have felt more balanced towards Coldplay being the headliner. I LOVED every minute of it and wish I could do EVERYTHING all over again!! I keep explaining this experience as an Adventure Of A Lifetime! I'm so grateful for everything and I just love the boys even MORE now that this happened because they truly care about the fans and how we experience their music. They made us feel important to the show :) BTW it feels good and weird to say all of this because we were always told we couldn't say a single thing about it! I still get the feeling I would get in trouble lol but they can't kick me out of the show anymore! :p Now when I hear Adventure Of A Lifetime I get taken back to that day <3
Awesome!! You're so lucky! Haha I'm so happy for you :D
 

Jamesfish

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I know the tour is going to be even more epic than this performance, I am secretly hoping Bruno may support them on it. Cannot wait until June 19. Up and Up, and Fix You totally belong together.
 

Nie

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At lunchtime I got in a conversation with a collegue (which I don't see that much) and we were talking about a single release of a Belgian band.
At some point in the conversation I was mentioning Coldplay and she got really excited and told me that she had been watching the SB50 Halftime show. And that she really liked the Coldplay part, which was too short to her opinion, and she'd rather not have Beyoncé and Bruno Mars playing.
I was like "Oh, you are my friend from now on". :)

There probably are a lot of people who really liked the show, but somehow the negative ones are speaking louder than the possitive ones.
 

Maslina

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There probably are a lot of people who really liked the show, but somehow the negative ones are speaking louder than the possitive ones.
exactly Nie...straight to the point...it is always, always like that...people are so eager to criticize thinking i don't know how smart it makes them, but unfortunately people who are ready to say good staff and praise are most of the time silent...unless serious PR is involved..but that's another field....
 
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diogo_sg

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dont know if someone already post this, but for a change...great article for all those haters..just bugger off and leave him/them (chris and coldplay) alone ;)
thank you Grace Dent <3
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/leave-chris-martin-alone-he-s-done-nothing-deserving-of-hatred-a6861316.html
Had to share this on Twitter. I'm loving this article!
Some special guests
Glad to see both their families getting along. When two people start a relationship, their families pretty much unite for eternity, no matter what happens between them. When my parents' marriage ended, I thought we would no longer be a real family, but we still are, even if we don't live in the same house :)
 

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we should all share this article on twitter as much as possible :D :karate::deal2::escaping3:
 

guldretep

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Here are the video statistics of Viva la Vida from YouTube. There are more daily views then it was back in 2008. Super Bowl happened I think...
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Choldplayer

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At lunchtime I got in a conversation with a collegue (which I don't see that much) and we were talking about a single release of a Belgian band.
At some point in the conversation I was mentioning Coldplay and she got really excited and told me that she had been watching the SB50 Halftime show. And that she really liked the Coldplay part, which was too short to her opinion, and she'd rather not have Beyoncé and Bruno Mars playing.
I was like "Oh, you are my friend from now on". :)

There probably are a lot of people who really liked the show, but somehow the negative ones are speaking louder than the possitive ones.
Beyonce and Bruno Mars ruined it. It was Coldplays Superbowl halftime show and they were pushed out by Bey and Bruno.
 

AMDB9

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Here are the video statistics of Viva la Vida from YouTube. There are more daily views then it was back in 2008. Super Bowl happened I think...
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Can anyone explain what happened to the video during the second half of 2010? Did it get taken down or something?
 

Arantza

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So I wrote about my experience in participating as one of the fans in the halftime show, I wanted to share it with you guys and also wrote it for myself to remember everything. So it is VERY long sorry, but if you're interested read on... lol

I entered a volunteering position to be a fan at the halftime show. We needed 10 people who could attend the rehearsals and be able to RUN we also had to sign a legal agreement to keep everything a secret. I was able to find the 10 people including my friend Lauren who I met here on the forums. It was incredibly exciting to see all those BTS Pepsi videos because I didn't know what we would be doing!


First rehearsal

we found what exactly we were doing, which was basically attend a free concert! :D So they began with playing Coldplay music to "see who knew the words" and it felt like an audition so we jumped for our lives! It got intense trying to jump, dance, AND sing the words. I wanted to show how excited I was but my lungs were on fire haha, I was so out of shape. (Super impressed with how Chris can do what he does) Unfortunately I had some idiots in my group who didn't do anything to show excitement. Other teams got chosen for the front sections of the stage. They were all high school students so they had plenty of energy, I can understand why they chose them haha. But all was not lost because my group still managed to get an okay spot even though it was in one of the back quadrants, we were in the front of that area. It was super fun because it's a coldplayer's dream, just sing and dance to Coldplay music for hours, lol. That's what we did. They told us the setlist except for Beyonce and Bruno's part. And we practiced all the songs, and the clapping, and the thing where Chris wanted us to get low during AOAL, and also the hearts at the end of Up & Up. Oh and we had to make sure we knew the chorus so we could sing along of course. So after all that we were put into the quadrant group teams. Mine was named Team Charlie. Then they sectioned us further into "pods" I was in pod "F". This was so we could practice running together as a group. They told us some celebrities might be among us like maybe Chris or a conductor, initially they also had planned for the violin kids to be hidden among us. So it was all super fun and exciting that first day, my body HURT all over the next day because of how hard I tried to impress the choreographers. It was very tiring and they only gave us a snack and water lol. I didn't mind, it was all for Coldplay of course!


Second Rehearsal

This was a dress rehearsal. Before we had met a different location but for the dress rehearsal we met at the Stadium. We checked in, went through security check, where they guided us only to where we could go to. They had escort us to restrooms so we couldn't leave the designated area. No phones allowed of course. We sat in the stands waiting for instructions. The dress rehearsal included everyone in the halftime show. The flowers, the pepsi logo kids, the YOLA kids, and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno. They called the first team called "Alpha" the VERY VERY lucky group that got to run with Chris! UGH was so jealous!! We waited a LONG time watching the 500 volunteers who set up the stage to set it all up. They had to do it in 6 minutes for the show but they took hours that day lol. The first Coldplay band member I saw was Will! He walked out by himself with a few other non-band members including R42! My sister had spotted R42 first but then I noticed Will was there! So I waved, and I seemed to be the only who noticed him and waved back! :D and gave us a thumbs up for being excited. He seemed like he was just taking a look at the stadium and left back.


We waited a lot more, and spotted Bruno and Beyonce, others were more excited about that. We slowly started to be told to move down from the seating area to the field which was covered up to prevent damage to the field. We stood in our assigned quadrants and waited for the first run through. While we stood there, Will was the only band member I could see from my point of view. We were soooo close to him and waved at him and he smiled and waved back at me. It was so crazy to know that he could see me and was acknowledging I was there! lol. I couldn't stop staring because it didn't seem real! We saw Beyonce practice her piece, and Bruno as well. The entire area was protected by helicopters and a lot of security, no one was allowed to record anything.


So first run through, we saw how Team Alpha was told to run and stay in place no matter how excited they were to be so close to Chris! They had to freak out on the inside lol. We saw how Chris started with Yellow and proceeded with the rest of the show but it was not a smooth run through. The first was just to get a feel of what the transitions of the songs was like. So we didn't do too much of the singing and jumping just yet. Occasionally we would sing along when Chris stopped singing while he figured out some things. At one point Will smiled at us because we finished singing Chris' part on Paradise :) Then Chris talked to us and said how we were an important part of the show because we were the "engine room" it's how they would get their energy. So he said we were in this together like a family and that we could just go for it and sing along during practice. He also walked to the back part where I stood, and it was sooo exciting!! He told us he would come over during Paradise and sing the "ooohhohoh" part haha he was so cute, he said "well, you guys will get it" lol He walked over to talk to Will and that's when one of my teammates yelled at him and said "Hey Chris!!" and he turned around! She then said "This is Ana and she is your biggest fan!" So Chris looked directly at me and said "Hi Ana" and all I could do was stand there like an idiot and smile and wave! :( I wish I would have said something but I just froze! So basically we had them all to ourselves having them go through the show a few times. Beyonce practiced her part without sound during our rehearsal and we saw her different costume choices. Oh and we also saw Phil there :)


We practiced running out of the field all the way to the outside of the stadium. On our way out to the tunnel exits Chris was walking among us so I was trying to catch up to him, when I got close enough I saw that a little girl was with him now. We got so close but suddenly we were asked to stop where we were going and wait on the edge of the field. Turns out the little girl was Blue Ivy LOL. After we practiced the exit to the outside of the stadium and did one final run through as if it were the real thing. We practiced the run from the tunnels to the stage. And sang along to the performance. They even did the fireworks too. Then we ran outside again and they told us to keep running and that we were done for the night. We began at 2:00pm and ended at 7:00pm. They gave us a lunch as we walked outside, we were starving from only having a small snack at the beginning. Super TIRED again! Another incredible day of just being with Coldplay!! I will never forget how I felt to have the boys so close!


Finally on Game Day!!!

We met up at 12:00pm at an offsite location. We got lunch, checked in, got our bracelet that showed we were part of the halftime cast and were led into an area with a screen where we waited to get loaded into buses. We were told about really going for it, and giving the energy to the artists, and they told us what Chris had said about us being important to the show. We loaded by groups and the buses were escorted by police. So police stopped traffic everywhere we passed so the buses would not be late to the stadium. That was super cool to feel so important haha. We arrived at the stadium and we had to jog to the security check point, that alone was tiring. We lined up outside and were given those Love buttons Chris hands out! <3 We waited a LONG time and we all had to use the restroom but they wouldn't let us because it was getting close to the show. It was so nerve wrecking to wait!!! We finally were led inside and waited the last few minutes for halftime. That was EVEN more nerve wrecking! We walked toward the opening of the tunnels and we got the first glimpse of the immensity of the stadium! It was so overwhelming and exhilarating to see and hear it all. I remember seeing the crowd colorful but I couldn't understand why it seemed so colorful. At this point we were waiting for the field crew volunteers to set up the stage in the 6 minutes allowed. Then we were asked to move to the left because Bruno and his crew were going to exit out. Bruno walked literally right next to me and his guards pushed me to move out of the way. The lady in front of me got distracted by Bruno so when everyone began running I had to push her and yell RUN!! She finally snapped back into focus haha and we SPRINTED!! I didn't look anywhere, everything was a blur of color! I remember jumping over cables, running past cable men and feeling my leg muscled HURT I seriously thought I ripped something. We had a brief moment to catch our breath (like 3 seconds) then Chris started with Yellow and the whole show began! My mouth was so dry I could hardly sing along, and I was so tired. And this time the crowd in my area was much crazier than at practice so they were pushing people towards the front. Beyonce was right up in front of me and after her first performance piece walked right in front of me, like literally I was in her personal space lol. but her body guard was protecting her of course and led to her to hide behind Will's drum set. The rest of the show continued and we just enjoyed singing and dancing and ended with making a heart shape with our hands. I'm explaining all the things that happened but I can't explain the EMOTIONS I felt!! it was so INCREDIBLE!! After the show ended we RAN again to get out of there as fast as we could. There was a lot of crowding and field people yelling for us to keep running! We were all still filled with adrenaline and we got high fives from some crew people saying good job. And immediately after exiting we walked all the way back to the buses.


Back at the offsite location, I could NOT walk!! I feared I REALLY had ripped a muscle. They had hot pizza ready for us and lots of water, and they had the rest of the game playing. They told us we would watch he halftime show after it ended to see how we did. They also gave us a hat that said Super Bowl 50 Pepsi halftime show as a gift. My group left home as soon as we got our hats to avoid traffic. I got home and could not believe what had just happened!! I finally saw the halftime show on my phone and thought it was so beautiful I had not seen how everything looked! all I had seen before was the stage because we were so focused on being excited during the show. I did see the stadium become way more colorful but I didn't know it said "Believe in Love" until I watched it all.


I loved how it all came together for Coldplay's vision! I thought it was all so BEAUTIFUL. My only critique would be to have more Coldplay. If they had done Hymn For The Weekend I think the show would have felt more balanced towards Coldplay being the headliner. I LOVED every minute of it and wish I could do EVERYTHING all over again!! I keep explaining this experience as an Adventure Of A Lifetime! I'm so grateful for everything and I just love the boys even MORE now that this happened because they truly care about the fans and how we experience their music. They made us feel important to the show :) BTW it feels good and weird to say all of this because we were always told we couldn't say a single thing about it! I still get the feeling I would get in trouble lol but they can't kick me out of the show anymore! :p Now when I hear Adventure Of A Lifetime I get taken back to that day <3
That's awesome! Thanks for sharing it with us!
I didn't know that the audience had to rehearse that much :surprised:
 
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