June 2014: Ghost Stories era: Coldplay's Sydney Adventure


Turn Your Magic On
Honorary Coldplayer
Mar 23, 2008
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<h2>Coldplay's Sydney adventure - June 2014.</h2>
The <em>Ghost Stories</em> review series returns. 6th part to the series. This month - Coldplay visit Tokyo and Sydney as they shoot the official video for <em>A Sky Full Of Stars.</em>

(<a title="The Ghost Stories Era – Introduction (January)" href="http://www.coldplaying.com/ghost-stories-era-introduction-january/" target="_blank">January</a>, <a title="The Ghost Stories era – Before the dawn (February)" href="http://www.coldplaying.com/ghost-stories-era-before-the-dawn-february/" target="_blank">February</a>, <a title="The Ghost Stories era – Coldplay’s magical live return (March)" href="http://www.coldplaying.com/ghost-stories-era-coldplays-magical-live-return-march/" target="_blank">March</a>, <a title="The Ghost Stories era – A month full of stars! (April)" href="http://www.coldplaying.com/ghost-stories-era-month-full-of-stars-april/" target="_blank">April</a>, <a title="The Ghost Stories era – Coldplay release sixth studio album (May)" href="http://www.coldplaying.com/ghost-stories-era-coldplay-release-sixth-studio-album-may/" target="_blank">May</a>)<!--more-->
<h2>Online ticket mayhem!</h2>
Tickets went on sale on June 6th for Coldplay's impending show at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The demand was expected to be very high and fans were discussing various tactics for getting access to tickets as soon as they went on sale. Every plan soon went out of the window when 9.30am struck and panic ensued...

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Gigsandtours/Seetickets were unable to cope with the demand, with just a few thousand spots within the venue to fill. This meant a lot of fans were disappointed. Some fans did manage to snap up tickets from the excess slowly released online during the weeks that followed.
<h2>Japanese fans go crazy for Coldplay!</h2>
The Ghost Stories 'mini tour' involved a return to the far east for Coldplay, who music fans go wild for in countries like Japan. Tokyo, Dome City Hall hosted an intimate performance from the band. There were rumours of Chris Martin being ill on the day, fueled by Chris' voice not being as sharp as usual but it didn't stop the pure excitement and delight of everyone at the concert or those of us who were listening online. The Coldplay frontman also complimented the crowd on their "Amazing haircuts!" View the setlist of the show below:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coldplayjapan?src=hash">#coldplayjapan</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ghoststoriestour?src=hash">#ghoststoriestour</a> - Tokyo, Dome City setlist - June 12th. <a href="http://t.co/IcC4Drsy0e">pic.twitter.com/IcC4Drsy0e</a>

— Coldplaying (@coldplaying) <a href="https://twitter.com/coldplaying/status/477047506040545280">June 12, 2014</a></blockquote>
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<h2>The band continue their Japanese venture</h2>
Coldplay attended the MTV Video Music Awards. Chris, Jonny, Will and Guy performed their first two singles from <em>Ghost Stories</em>, <em>Magic</em> and <em>A Sky Full Of Stars</em>

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<h2>Kylie joins Coldplay at penultimate Ghost Stories show</h2>
They recorded <a title="Coldplay Lhuna" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDPjuzzAlB4" target="_blank">Lhuna</a> together many years ago and were re-united once more, live on stage in their final trip before Coldplay return home to London.

It was a mesmerizing show in Sydney, The Enmore Theater as the guys played through the plethora of Coldplay classic's. The main set was shorter than usual, with only 13 songs before the legendary Australian singer, Kylie Minogue joined the band in a performance of Nick Cave's <em>Where the Wild Roses Grow</em> and the re-take of Kylie's own song, <em>Can't Get You Out Of My Head</em>, <a title="Coldplay Can't Get You Out Of My Head" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcriZ9xzRvc" target="_blank">which Coldplay famously covered in Glastonbury 2005</a>, during the encore.

<img src="http://www.coldplaying.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/setlistsydney.png" alt="Coldplay setlist sydney" />


Coldplayer, <em>Connor!42!</em> posted an excellent review of Coldplay's Sydney show:
<blockquote><strong>1. After the broadcast ended, they played two kylie Minogue songs and then Fix You. I've been to quite a few concerts and it was quite obvious that people wanted more. Even after the original encore and after the encore after the broadcast finished, people were quite hesitant to leave their positions. When I was walking out I heard at least three different people say things like "That wasn't long enough" or "Is that it?". For me, it was more than enough. The energy and enthusiasm throughout the whole show never dropped once and when it finished I felt satisfied with the length of the show. Also, they didn't stick around to talk to fans after the show either and they had The Voice to film the next day so maybe there was a bit of a rush </strong>

2. When Kylie Minogue came out, people seemed thrilled but I think the general vibe dropped a whole lot when she started singing. Especially during ICGYOOMH, which is quite a pop-ish song, people just weren't that excited. I, myself, was quite bored and just wanted her off the stage. I definitely would have rather heard two more Coldplay songs than the two she played.

3. The sound and lighting was incredibly. I think the best and most unique part of being in such a small venue was that you could literally feel the ground and your body vibrating from the bass. The lighting was incredible and the quality of the sound was great. I've seen them two other times but this was by far the best concert I've been to.</blockquote>
<h2>Coldplay film 'ASFOS' video on the streets of Sydney!</h2>
250 lucky Aussie fans flooded to the streets of Sydney, upon having a chance to feature in Coldplay's official video for second single, <em>A Sky Full Of Stars</em>. The concept was simple. To create a natural 'summery' video alongside the band's loyal fans and a colourful one too. <a title="‘Magic’ music video is a hit with Coldplay fans. View the gallery now! (including a surprise appearance!)" href="http://www.coldplaying.com/magic-music-video-hit-coldplay-fans-view-gallery-now-including-surprise-appearance/" target="_blank">In contrast infact to the previous video for <em>Magic</em></a>, which was in black and white, as well as being acting based.


The reception from the fans was largely positive for the colourful and simple video.

Quote from EC-JTR on the forums:
<blockquote><strong>For me is a nice video, optimistic, happy, colorfull, sometimes simple thinkgs are the best… of course is not a late generation video, but nice…anyone remember Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band?…
Be happy…</strong></blockquote>
And Leigh Cockerill on the Coldplaying.com Facebook comments wrote:
<blockquote><strong>I love this video. I think it portrays how down to earth and natural Coldplay are. You can see how much hey adore their fans and how they have no problems with mixing so close with them. Had a huge smile on my face when I saw this video for the first time. Sent chills up my spine. I couldnt help but think "I wished I was there!!" Coldplay should be congratulated for this video! Well done guys. I feel even prouder to be an Aussie after seeing this :eek:)</strong></blockquote>
Mystery surrounded the half-way point in the music video, when Chris Martin was standing in front of a shop window full of TV screens, while an apparent 'alternate' music video was playing in the background.
<h2>A Sky Full Of Stars (Avicii edit)</h2>
An Avicii edit of Coldplay's second single from Ghost Stories was uploaded to Soundcloud, as we took a listen to hear what the uplifting song may have sounded like if Avicii had his own way! The Swedish producer, with the real name of Tim Bergling was a co-producer for the eighth track on the album but Coldplay needed the ideal mix of Rock and Electronic dance music as Chris was determined to fit the song within the album.

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<h2>Deluxe edition tracks on new 'ASFOS' EP</h2>
Coldplay were releasing an EP for their new single, <em>A Sky Full Of Stars</em> and the three tracks on the deluxe edition of Ghost Stories: <em>All Your Friends, Ghost Story and O (Reprise)</em> were about to be placed on sale for the first time worldwide. They had only previously been available on the US version of <em>Ghost Stories</em>, the Target special edition.

<img src="http://www.coldplaying.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/51zH4oWRrqL._SY450_.jpg" alt="Coldplay A Sky Full Of Stars" />
<h2>July next!</h2>
And that brings the Ghost Stories review of June 2014 to a close! Coldplay leave the Oceania and head back home to London, where they are getting ready for a spectacular concert at the Royal Albert Hall.


Leave A Light on
Jun 15, 2013
Very awesome review, nice and simple and love reading the thoughts other people had :awesome:

Aaaaaaand that was the first time I had heard the Avicii version of ASFOS. And for an Avicii song, it wasn't too bad! Thought it was cool, spotting all the differences and similarities.
I really wish we could hear the full Coldplay version of it though....


Irresponsible baby clutching onto aeroplane wing
Honorary Coldplayer
Nov 1, 2006
amazing! such a special era