28-Mar-09: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE - Tickets, Previews, Meetups, Reviews, Setlists, Photos/V

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MTV ARABIA OFFICIAL BROADCASTER FOR FIRST COLDPLAY CONCERT IN REGION



Dubai: – MTV Arabia, the Middle East''s leading music and entertainment channel, today announced its sponsorship of the Grammy-Award-winning Coldplay in the group’s first performance in the Middle East as part of its ‘Viva La Vida Tour’ in Abu Dhabi on 28 March.

Coldplay has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and has been reveared as one of the most famous rock bands of the new millennium, rocketing to success in 2000 with the single ‘Yellow’ from their debut album ''Parachutes''.

The band’s current album ’Viva La Vida‘ has been depicted as one of the most commercially successful rock album released this decade and has earned the band seven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Coldplay’s hits include: ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Violet Hill’, ‘Lost’, ‘Fix You’, ‘Clocks’, ‘The Scientist’, and ‘Lovers in Japan’.

MTV Arabia is a gateway for international artists to the UAE and to the Middle East in particular,” commented Samr Al Marzouqi, Channel Manager of MTV Arabia. “Following on the successful tours of Kylie Minogue, Fatboy Slim and Maroon 5, MTV Arabia is excited to be involved in the first ever Coldplay concert in the region.

“We are committed to giving our audiences an opportunity to get up close and personal with their favourite international artists, complementing our programming strategy to be the first destination for youth culture and entertainment in the region,” he added.

MTV Arabia is running a competition on their website for fans who want to win free tickets and cool mtv goodies – log on to www.mtva.com and participate to win.

A joint venture between MTV Networks International and Arabian Television Network, part of Arab Media Group, the largest media group in the UAE, MTV Arabia aims to reach out to young audiences through its unique programming that remains sensitive to local cultural value while offering world class entertainment.

http://www.eyeofdubai.com/v1/news/newsdetail-29092.htm
 

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Flash and Enviromena to go Green with Coldplay, for Earth Hour 2009

Abu Dhabi event consultancy Flash announced today that it has partnered with Abu Dhabi-based solar power systems integrator Enviromena, in order to offset the carbon emissions produced from the Coldplay Live in Abu Dhabi concert on March 28th, 2009. Flash is the first UAE-based events consultancy to actively offset such a large scale UAE music event.

All carbon emissions that are generated as part of the concert, whether for lighting, electricity, flights etc., will be calculated to generate the event’s total carbon footprint. Based on the total figure; ‘carbon credits’ will fund an international gold standard certified sustainability project.

The green initiative, which comes with the encouragement of environmental organisation Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF), also aims to raise awareness of the EWS-WWF’s Heroes of the UAE campaign, to promote energy sustainability in the country.

The concert, the final stop on Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” world tour, falls on the day of the globally-marked environmental initiative Earth Hour, which encourages people across the globe to switch off unnecessary lights and electricity for one hour to raise awareness about - and counteract the effects of - climate change. This year’s Earth Hour aims to encourage one billion ‘vote earth’ votes, and at the concert, EWS-WWF will directly address the 15,000 expected concert goers on what they can do as individuals to combat this global issue.

Enviromena has already conducted an initial audit into the event’s likely CO2 emissions and will conduct a full audit following the concert on March 28th. Prior to the concert, Flash is encouraging revellers to take a number of simple anti climate-change measures themselves, including switching all lights, air conditioning and electricity off before they leave home, and where possible carpooling to the event at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.

John Lickrish, Managing Director, Flash said, “Flash understands the impact such a large concert has on the environment, and in launching this carbon offsetting initiative with Enviromena and the WWF, we are doing our bit in balancing out the impact our event will have on the environment. We also hope that in supporting the Heroes of the UAE campaign we are empowering concert goers with the necessary information so they as individuals can begin to combat climate change in their everyday lives.”

Enviromena CEO and President, Sami Khoreibi, explained the importance of the initiative; “Our company’s work revolves around reducing the impact of climate change through developing and implementing environmentally friendly, zero carbon, turn-key solar power solutions. That Flash has taken this important step to address its carbon footprint, while promoting the cause on such a large scale, shows that momentum is starting to build amongst individuals and organisations, for collectively working towards a sustainable future in the country.”

In supporting the EWS-WWF Heroes of the UAE campaign, Flash hopes to help drive awareness of climate change on a local level. Flash will be giving all concert goers a specially made wristband featuring the campaign’s website address. In addition posters and banners will also be prominent across the venue and volunteers, kitted in campaign T-shirts, will be giving advice and information to revellers about how they can make a difference. Short films on the Earth Hour initiative and the EWS-WWF campaign will also be screened prior to the gig. A special announcement will also be made on Earth Hour at 8.30pm on the night of the show.

Speaking on behalf of the WWF, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director EWS – WWF stated; “Earth Hour is a powerful symbol of what can be achieved through individual action on a global scale, with the whole world coming together in a response to tackle climate change. In the UAE we are keen to grasp the momentum generated by this global occasion, urging everyone to make the switch for one symbolic hour, thus taking affirmative action towards helping save our planet.”

“If Earth Hour is seen as the global community responding to climate change, residents of the UAE can pledge to make an ongoing lasting difference by joining the Heroes of the UAE campaign at www.heroesoftheuae.ae. To create a sustainable environment for future generations, people need to show they care every day by taking simple action, and following the campaign’s energy saving tips. As a vital first step let’s join together as part of a global community to show our support for Earth Hour,” she added.

The one-off Abu Dhabi gig from Coldplay, organised by Flash and Live Nation, will be the band’s only stop in the Middle East as part of the world tour for their critically acclaimed fourth album; ‘Viva La Vida’, which has secured no less than seven nominations at this year’s Grammy Awards and has been the number-one selling album globally in 36 countries.

http://business.maktoob.com/NewsDetails-20070423217659-Flash_and_Enviromena_to_go_Green_with_Coldplay_for_Earth_Hour_2009.htm
 

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Wow, great article, sounds really interesting and awesoms what they are doing!! :D

Although:

The concert, the final stop on Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” world tour
Poor guy I think he means leg, but oh well :lol: :D!!!
 

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BOOOOOOOOOOOO at MTV Arabia's contest..........BOOOOOOOOO! :angry:
*Entrants must be over 18 and live within the UAE.
NOT FAIR! :angry:
Plus, what kind of stupid options are they giving for their REALLY REALLY REALLY hard quiz?!!!
What is the name of Coldplay’s lead singer?

a. Rashed Al Majed (A for-some-reason-very-famous Arab singer)
b. Grandizer



c. Chris Martin (DUH!)
d. Sharshabeel

*Is too pissed to L H F A O !*
 

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^^ is that really a question they asked with those options :thinking: ??? :lol:

i vote Ab to win the contest :D:D:D even if she isnt 18 she is close enough and obviously smarter than some of those ppl asking who is coldplay's lead singer! :smug: :D
 

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^^ is that really a question they asked with those options :thinking: ??? :lol:

i vote Ab to win the contest :D:D:D even if she isnt 18 she is close enough and obviously smarter than some of those ppl asking who is coldplay's lead singer! :smug: :D
I love you, Liz! :blush::heart:
& yes, those are really the options to that quiz! :dozey:
That was my last hope to go to that concert! :disappointed:
Anyway, have fun everyone going! :nice:
 

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I love you, Liz! :blush::heart:
& yes, those are really the options to that quiz! :dozey:
That was my last hope to go to that concert! :disappointed:
Anyway, have fun everyone going! :nice:
I love u more Ab...:hug: :kiss:
:p :lol:

this should be an interesting concert for them tho...they have never been to Dhabi right??
and that palace is so fucking fancy! :stunned: i like it! :D
 

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I hate it, it's too fancy schmancy, they're gonna perform not get knighted by The Queen for God's sake!!! :dozey:
But, yeah, this should be interesting, they've never been to UAE or any Arab country before, so the audience should be a surprise for them! :confused:
 

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well isnt it like super fancy schmancy over there anyway?? like all expensive and stuff....i only saw the pic of the building so idk...it looked really nice :p

how are Arab audiences Ab? will they be all excited like our concerts? or are they more reserved?
 

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Coldplay's Abu Dhabi concert to be carbon neutral

Abu Dhabi // Saturday’s Coldplay concert will be carbon neutral, with organisers helping to fund a wind farm in New Zealand to offset all energy consumed in putting on the event.

The show is being held at the Emirates Palace hotel on the same night as Earth Hour, when lights will be turned off in buildings around the world, including the UAE, to promote energy conservation.

The organisers estimate that the show will generate around 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Because of the practical difficulty of pulling the plug on a stadium full of people during a concert, the promoters will buy wind farm energy credits to show their support.

In addition there will be recycling bins on site, an Earth Hour video will be shown before the band come on stage and leaflets will be handed out to those attending.

The organisers, Flash, announced the carbon-offsetting programme yesterday. It is funded by Enviromena Power Systems, based in Abu Dhabi, with support from the World Wildlife Fund.

“We can’t switch off the power because of health and safety issues,” said John Lickrish, the managing director of Flash. “But what we can do is reach out to the people in the community and speak to them directly. What we will do is to offset all the energy consumption, for example from the people travelling to the event and the band who are departing. We will then purchase gold credits.”

These credits are a part of a carefully audited offsetting scheme.

Enviromena compiled a detailed estimate of the emissions the event is likely to cause. The 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide include the amounts generated by flying an entourage of 40 people from Hong Kong and on to London, by the amplifiers and lighting rigs, by the cars of the estimated 15,000 people attending the show and by the waste created.

“At the end of that, you come up with a carbon number and that is offset by investment in projects such as the wind farm one we are investing in with the project in New Zealand,” said Sami Khoreibi, the president of Enviromena Power Systems, who are doing a deal with the UK-based Carbon Neutral Company to fund the wind farm.

Elsewhere, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai will darken during Earth Hour hour, along with other buildings across the country. The UAE’s climate means a lot of energy is used in air conditioning, making it difficult for the country to shed its wasteful reputation. “You are dealing with very difficult climate conditions here, this is one of the problems,” Mr Lickrish said. “We can do our little bit at events, but really for us it’s about driving awareness and saying, ‘Guys, it’s not that difficult.’”

Coldplay themselves had yet to confirm their support in this scheme, he said.

http://www.thenational.ae
 

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well isnt it like super fancy schmancy over there anyway?? like all expensive and stuff....i only saw the pic of the building so idk...it looked really nice :p

how are Arab audiences Ab? will they be all excited like our concerts? or are they more reserved?
Dunno, I only know about our Egyptian audiance! :p
But hopefully it'll be a pleasant surprise for the boys. :D
 

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MTVarabia always make the options so easy and obvious, so they can make more money from the idiots who think they'll actually win!
Aye. :dozey:
But hey, I saw you on the Arab Coldplay thread, you're Saudian, yeah? :D
Are you going to that concert?
(Please, say yes!)
 

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Coldplay: "Next album will be inspired by the Middle East"


Chris Martin performs during a concert in Singapore as part of Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' tour, on March 23, 2009.

ABU DHABI // Coldplay’s last album was inspired by the sights and sounds of South America, but the next will draw on the Middle East’s rich cultural heritage.

Speaking yesterday, ahead of this weekend’s eagerly awaited concert at the Emirates Palace hotel, the British band’s lead singer Chris Martin described the visit to Abu Dhabi as part of a musical odyssey that typified Coldplay’s spirit.

Huge international acclaim has taken the band to countries as far apart as the US, New Zealand and Singapore. But Martin said he was looking beyond a single live appearance, the only date in the Gulf on an extensive world tour. Instead, he sees the Middle East as “uncharted territory”, a region that promises the band an element of mystical excitement that will prove a creative force in their musical development.

“Musicians are hungry for freshness,” he said. “Somewhere like Abu Dhabi sounds unknown, exotic and exciting. In the same way, we’d still like to go to places like China or Russia.”

In pursuit of his artistic dream, Martin plans to bring the band back at the end of the tour to record some demos of new material.

The journey may well begin in Damascus. “Something in my brain tells me that some good music is going to happen there,” he said. “We need to start recording somewhere hot to give the music a different feel. It’s about time for us to make the change.”

Among the highlights identified by Martin from the current Viva La Vida tour have been a free concert for the UK charity War Child and a performance in New York’s Madison Square Garden. But he said that he “can’t wait” to come to the region this week.

Interviewed by The National before a show in Singapore, he said: “I’ve kept the Middle East as the last place in the world as I feel like it’s going to be important. It’s nice to save somewhere.”

One source of this inspiration may be his admiration for the US-based band The Brothers of Baladi, whose repertoire includes songs in Arabic and Turkish, with accompaniment on such traditional Middle Eastern instruments as the oud.

Back in the UK, Martin said, the band’s friends and family were envious of their trip to the UAE as the latest addition to their world travels.

Coldplay’s disparate search for influences took them to Liverpool during the preparation of their debut album, Parachutes, in 2000. As the home of the Beatles, one of the bands cited as contributing to the evolution of Coldplay’s diverse style, the city was a logical choice.

The band’s exceptional success has since taken them to the US and more recently South America.

But if Martin, 32, is beyond doubt a superstar, he displays a degree of modesty rarely encountered at his level of fame, and declares it a privilege to have the opportunity to travel so widely.

Viva la Vida is topping album charts around the world and helped Coldplay collect three Grammy Awards at the ceremony in January, including song of the year for the title track. The band’s record sales are estimated at around 30 million albums.

“At the end of the day, we’re just trying to make people have as much fun as possible on an evening when they could choose 87 other things to do,” said Martin. “This gig isn’t about expansion, but about coming to say hi.”

At Coldplay’s own Camden recording studio in London, there is a list of 12 “rules”; on tour, however, there are none, the singer says.

Although Martin is the indisputable voice of the band, he has recently decreed that there should be “less Chris Martin” in Coldplay’s music and more collaborations – building on a recent partnership with the rap singer Kanye West – and vocal contributions from other band members. Martin described his aim as to offer “as many voices as possible”.

Fans, in time, needed more diversity, Martin said. He discourages the view that it has been his unique sound that has been the root of Coldplay’s phenomenal success. “We also agreed that anything the lead singer doesn’t want to sing, he doesn’t sing.”

Coldplay admirers are unlikely to be disappointed with Saturday night’s 15,000-capacity show. The band are bringing hi-tech video spheres, multimillion dollar lighting and audio technology systems characterised by Martin as “more of a show than a concert”.

Each concert on their world tour, he said, had offered something different, keeping each performance fresh and unique. “It’s like being in a play. We’re trying to make a story to it. There are certain tricks we’ve come up with for this tour which we’ve always wanted to do. We’re trying things we haven’t done before.”

Coldplay are being supported by the US alternative rock band Mercury Rev, another group Martin admires. “We can always learn from each other when we tour with people you respect so much and these guys have so many pearls of wisdom. We’re having a lot of fun.”

Saturday’s concert will be carbon neutral to mark Earth Hour Day, an event funded by Enviromena Power Systems, based in Abu Dhabi, with support from the World Wildlife Fund. Organisers are helping to fund a wind farm in New Zealand to offset all energy consumed in putting on the event.

At 8.30pm that night lights will be turned off for an hour in buildings around the world, including the UAE, to promote energy conservation. The organisers estimate that the show will generate around 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Because of the practical difficulty of pulling the plug on a stadium full of people during a concert, the promoters will buy wind farm energy credits to show their support.

After Saturday’s Abu Dhabi date the band will be moving on to the US, Canada and Europe.

Diamond tickets are still available from www.ticketingboxoffice.com and virgin megastores while Pearl tickets can be bought from www.boxofficeme.com and selected virgin megastores outlets.

http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090324/NATIONAL/44431209/1040/BUSINESS
 

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Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland chatted to us from a hotel room in Singapore last week before flying in for the Abu Dhabi show. Here’s what he had to say…



Did you specifically request a gig in the Middle East?
Well we always try to play somewhere new when we’re on tour. We’ve wanted to come to the Middle East for a while as we’ve never been before. We’ve also never been to Africa or India either so there are quite a few places we are looking to go some day.

There was a rumour doing the rounds that you’d record the Abu Dhabi gig to give to fans who attended. True?
No [Laughs]. We are trying to do a live album but it’s not ready yet. It’s made up of different stuff from the last few years.

There was also talk of a quick follow up to Viva La Vida. Is that still on the cards?
No [more laughter]. We ended up doing much more touring than we originally planned so there’s no time to do proper justice to a new project. And anyway people may need a bit of a break from us!

What’s it like sharing producer Brian Eno with U2?
He also does so many other things that it’s hard to get five minutes with him. I think his influence was felt partially on our sounds - he played some keyboards and guitars on the record. But really it was his guidance on the song writing and arranging process that expanded our horizons and influences.

Did he give you a sneak preview of the new U2 album?
We tried not to as it’s more exciting to go out and buy the finished thing. I have heard it now and I think it’s great.

You’re often compared to them. Is that fair?
Well they want to be a great band and so do we - it’s as simple as that. There are a lot of similarities between us but they aren’t our only influence.

Who’s the next biggest band in the world?
I think the Kings of Leon are really huge in a lot of places - they could keep going forever. The Rolling Stones are still amazing, and The Beatles, if they ever reformed, would be the biggest band ever.

That’s not really likely though is it?
[Laughs] I guess not.

Do other big acts ever intimidate you?

Of course. When we first supported U2 in Ireland, we were just completely blown away by how good they were. It’s intimidating and inspiring at the same time.

What was the last thing that really impressed you?
There was this band called Naturally 7 - these seven guys who do everything by vocals alone. They came into our studio and started singing and it was incredible. The song was called ‘I built this wall’ or something like that. You should check it out on Youtube – it’s just brilliant.

Is social commentary really important for rock bands?
I think it’s important as a human; it’s not solely confined to musicians. Dentists and builders care just as much as we do. We just get asked about it more often than they do.

Do you all feel strongly about speaking out?
Yes we do. Chris has done a lot more, but then he talks a lot more than the rest of us! But yes we are all equally committed.

Speaking of Chris, do you like the fact that he gets all the tabloid attention while you get left alone?
Yeah, I don’t even think about it. I’m very happy with the way things are. There are definitely worse jobs.

Any surprises planned for the gig?
We like to move around a lot – especially out into the audience. These are big gigs and people can be quite far away from the stage so we like to pop up in unexpected places.

On a high wire over the crowd like true rock gods?

Perhaps not to that extent – we’re not The Darkness!

Fireworks?
We are not the AC/DC explosion type band to be honest - though we do have these amazing balls [Laughs] - light balls - and there’s a lot of energy on stage.

What happens after the tour?
We’re taking a little break and let’s see where we get after that. We’ve got a lot of ideas but we want to find a new way to go and that may take some time.

Tell us about the 19th century military uniform style you’re rocking at the moment?
Guy [Berryman – Coldplay’s bass player] came up with the direction. Then we all got together in our studio to work on the outfits. We got this guy who helped us make the jackets and trousers.

You really made them yourselves?
Absolutely! We really wanted this whole album to be homemade again, we wanted to take it back and have it all come from us.

Have you apologised to Paul McCartney for twisting the St Pepper look?
We saw him at the Grammy’s, and Will said ‘Thanks for the idea’.

What’s it like hanging out with a Beatle?
Well you know we’re not quite equals, but he is a very genuine and lovely person. It’s great when you meet somebody like that and they turn out to be really nice.

http://www.timeoutdubai.com/nightlife/features/7875-coldplay-interview
 

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Aye. :dozey:
But hey, I saw you on the Arab Coldplay thread, you're Saudian, yeah? :D
Are you going to that concert?
(Please, say yes!)
unfortunately no. to me they've picked to worse time to come here!
i'm going to manchester for a while
and the funny thing is, when they come to the UK (manchester, or anywhere!) i'll probably be in canada (after they finish touring there :\)
i started to believe i'll never see them live :cry:
 

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unfortunately no. to me they've picked to worse time to come here!
i'm going to manchester for a while
and the funny thing is, when they come to the UK (manchester, or anywhere!) i'll probably be in canada (after they finish touring there :\)
i started to believe i'll never see them live :cry:
Join the club! :disappointed:
 

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Hope we could some reviews tomorrow night. Doesn't seem like many Coldplayers from here going....unless, they're willing to fly to Abu Dhabi.
 

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I'm going tomorrow night and I've just found out I can go to Parc des Princes in September! It's my first Cold play concert so I'm really excited.

Just about what other people were saying, Emirates Palace is one of the nicest venues around the UAE. It's landscaped into a sort of amphitheater and it's all grassed over, unlike where they make us go in Dubai now for concerts. The hotel is amazing but you don't go anywhere near it to enter the concert. The Justin Timberlake concert was one of my favourites in December '07.

The only thing is, most of the concerts are really toned down when they get here, and a lot of the sets and props can't be brought into the country. It will be interesting to see how much of it they bring with them.
 
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