Live 2012: Coldplayers’ reviews of the cinema screenings worldwide (part 1)

Coldplay’s Live 2012 concert film has now been released worldwide. It documents the Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011. The disc includes footage from Coldplay’s shows at Paris’s Stade de France, Montreal’s Bell Centre and the band’s Pyramid Stage headline performance at Glastonbury 2011.

Last week, Coldplayers around the world watched the Live 2012 cinema screening ahead of the physical release, and this article focuses on the many reviews coming in from fans who went to see the new Live 2012 concert film in theatres around the world. You can read lots more at the Coldplay Live 2012 movie premiere thread in the Coldplay forum now. Read on for our first selection of reviews and images from around the globe…

Just got back from Cineworld Brighton, absolutely brilliant….. Can’t wait for the Blu-ray DVD to arrive in a few days. I do hope they add some more UK dates this tour, coz there’s nothing like being there, it’s wicked! [thanks Pierre]

Just got back, it was beautiful and not afraid to say I choked up with emotion at numerous points xD Only thing though….. was anyone elses screening so ear splitingly loud? I don’t think they could have put the volume up any louder. It actually started to get uncomfortable after a while. [thanks Empily]


Stade de France proved to be an amazing venue with a great crowd My expressions during the whole film were probably hilarious – so many moments to giggle or grin stupidly! Lots and lots of Buckin (I’m not complaining ) Also featuring Chris’ flowery t-shirt! To enhance the contrast, I’ve watched the Live 2003 concert for the first time today. What a difference! So many smiles throughout the film! There was one thing I noticed to be similar: a shot of Guy’s fingers playing the apparently same bass like 9 years before. The film is heavily based on the Paris show. I loved the inclusion of La Cigale, again, the contrast between a stadium and a small space was incredible. The Hollywood Bowl is shown for maybe half a minute… Credits stated that Emirates was also included, so I’m guessing it was the run to the C-stage. Of course, the most exciting part was the interview bits. I felt like they could be longer or more of them, but they were great, Chris didn’t forget to include a joke about Guy’s looks What disappointed me a little was the last bit, when the ‘negatives’ were mentioned and I was waiting for some elaboration on that – there was none. So it could have been a couple of sentences shorter. What I liked the least: Viva from Glastonbury. Why? It felt out of place for me – no xylobands, no X-stage, I couldn’t even say the crowd sounded extremely well. Well, I was shivering the whole film, people who didn’t get to experience the live concert told me they were astonished! The credits part with the ‘goodbye’ was very sweet with Up with the Birds playing in the background and it was a great ending. Also: Cadbury buttons. [thanks la.cri.mosa]

Just got home from the movie (I saw it in Brussels). I really really loved it. The thing I loved most was perhaps that they showed so much close-ups of the crowd. You can totally feel what they feel and you get all warm on the inside because you still remember being one of them in the real-life concert and all. I don’t know about you guys but I loved Up In Flames. Just the follow up of the ‘backstage images’ and then this song. I really enjoyed it. One thing did bother me though. Why did they put La Cigale in it? I mean, I can imagine that t was a good show and theyr tried illustrating that they also played small venues. But to me it’s just a dealbreaker you know. Part of the magic of this film is the audience participation and well, there were a lot less people there. I don’t really get it. [thanks doritji]

Just got back from one of the screenings in Cardiff, and it was bloody fantastic. There were only about 6 other people in the cinema, which I thought was a bit disappointing but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of it. I was expecting the BTTF build up at the beginning, but it kicked off straight away with MX/Hurts like Heaven. I think HLH was the highlight for me, the best live recording I’ve heard of it – it was filled with energy. I was at first disappointed to read that LiJ and Warning Sign, but it seemed to flow perfectly. Even songs I’m not totally fond of (Major Minus, Up in Flames) sounded fantastic. It also goes without saying that Charlie Brown was EPIC, as was Paradise. I also really liked how UATW looked (i.e. unprofessional recordngs), it made it seem really intimate. I loved how the film went betweens locations, including some fairly small ones which I think worked really well. The interviews seemed a tad repetitive, but I liked how well placed in the setlist they were – Will’s one was very emotional and I loved how it seemed to ‘continue’ into Up in Flames. All in all…wow. I can’t wait to get my DVD to watch it again, but I hope my TV/Sound system does it justice! EDIT: And yes, it was ear splittingly loud for me too! The crowd noise was crazy, but that kind of added to the atmosphere. [thanks Vitamin Z]

I just got back from Live 2012, it was the first time when I stood during a movie in the cinema! And not just me! Almost everyone was standing, singing, screaming and clapping their hands! AMAZING! Some people even had glowing xylobands! haha! And OMG the end… haha xD Chris, are you okay? xD Really funny. And luckily I stayed with my friends after everyone left the cinema and we ask the menager if he has some promo posters. And guess what: HE HAD! He gave us I think 8 posters but it wasn’t enough and I didn’t get one But then I saw one on the wall and I ask if I can take it, the menager said: You found it, so it’s yours. OMFG! They helped me to take it off and now I have this really cool poster in my room! xD P.S. During a movie, when Chris was speaking my friend shouted very loud: Shut up people, Master is speaking! haha xD omg the Viva la vida, the most incredible thing there. And the chant after we left the cinema! Oh my… [thanks Accola]

Wow, it was amazing! I’m pleased we got to see it in Estonia. Never been to real Coldplay show, but watching that movie with 500 people was quite close to real show. In the end when Every Teardrop started, at least 40 people stood up and danced along to it, that surprised me a bit . Great to see that there is at least some Coldplay fans in Estonia! Also saw one girl near me with 3 Xylobands. I have to admit, I really wanted to steal one. Seeing that today made me want to experience real Coldplay show even more. I really hope, that one day they understand that fans in Estonia and countries like Finland, Latvia and Lithuania also deserve a concert! [thanks CP-EST]

I just got back from watching Live 2012 at the cinema. I thought that it was absolutely fantastic, it obviously didn’t compare to when I actually saw one of the concerts but the film was fantastic, the set list was really good and I sat singing my head off with a huge grin through the whole thing. I loved it all and the messages from the guys in between were deep and really made me feel like they were speaking to ME, I actually cried at Wills. At the end of the film after the credits I loved the message from Chris about chocolate buttons I love him! I love them all! The fans made the film even better, the xylobands looked fucking fantastic and the singing from us Coldplayers was simply brilliant. US COLDPLAYERS TRULY ARE THE GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD. [thanks Mollyxyloto]

Just got back from Vue in Portsmouth. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! The cinema was actually nearly full which I was impressed with! I thought the film was incredibly well done, the way the graphics and everything from the screens on stage spilled over into the film was incredibly clever, especially during HLH, Charlie Brown, Paradise and Clocks! I must admit, before seeing it I was worried that missing songs like The Scientist, LiJ and DLIBYH would take away from the film, but with the documentary parts filling the gaps between songs, it flowed perfectly and was about the right length I think! Definitely worth staying for the end after the credits, Chris’ chocolate button soliloquy was so funny :’) I think it captured the emotion and the atmosphere of the live show perfectly (of course not as good though! ) and EVEN THOUGH I said I wouldn’t, a little tear came to my eye during Fix You…so overwhelming when the drums crash in! I cannot wait for the dvd to arrive next week! My only complaint??? It wasn’t loud enough in our cinema!!! Also…an afterthought perhaps, I thought it was a shame that it focussed so heavily on the Paris show. Obviously it was great for continuity, but I wished more footage had come from the Emirates in London! Then again…I would say that because that was the show I saw!!! 10/10!!!! [thanks Jack1491]

I thought it was absolutely beautiful. When I got into my seat (Jonny side of the cinema of course) I actually had an anticipatory rise. Hurts Like Heaven gave me goosebumps and they pretty much lasted throughout the whole film. I thought the cinematography was great, especially on Us Against The World. The interview snippets were my favourite part. Will’s build up to Up In Flames was really sombering. Chris’ view on rock and roll myths will always be something I resonate with and the film re-affirms my disbelief at how people can hate the band and especially Chris. My only problem, and it’s a very miniscule one, is the venue being sprawled across the screen during every change. Like I say, small and pretty nitpicky. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive. CADBURY’S BUTTONS! thanks R_Burns]

So, just came home from watching the film. The film was good. I drove over an hour to get to a cinema showing it – and it is my BIRTHDAY today. Still I am disappointed! Where were the fans please. I was hoping for a bit of concert atmosphere, some singing, some clapping some cheering. NOTHING. I sat in the last row and was singing with some of the songs. For viva I sang louder and then the girl next to me moved away from her seat to a free one – at least she did not complain! I thought ok – they are shy – we are after all in Germany – but maybe they just need somebody to start it – but then she moves away from me. I know what some might say – your singing was awful … . It wasn’t and this is not the point. So please let me have your reviews about audience participation – am I the only one who expected singing or cheering? [thanks Mortilorie]

I just got back from watching Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto Live concert movie at GSC Pavillion. Ive found out about this screening event a few days back and was really adamant on getting the tickets. It was a one night only screening on the 13th of November, and the tickets were only released on the 11th November. So Kitty and i waited till midnight and copped the tickets the minute it was released. Just 5 minutes into the release all the seats were already taken. The screening was only shown in 3 cinemas in Malaysia. 1 Utama, Gardens & Pavillion. With each cinema showing at 730pm & 8pm. Unfortunately 1 Utama sold out almost instantly, Pavillion and Gardens to follow after. Lucky thing we managed to get a pair at Pavillion, with good seats.

Well, i have to say, the Film was all together brilliant. The concept, the narrative, the footage. All brilliantly done . I have to give it up to the guys behind the film, they put a lot of time and effort in making the concert something no one could ever imagine. I especially liked the wrist lights given to everyone who attended the concert. It had a receiver and was centrally controlled by a monitor which could then in turn control the function of the wristband lights to switch on, off or blink. It was fucking spectacular. With the tracks from Coldplay playing throughout the movie, the setting was perfect. People in the cinema, were singing along to the songs out loud, clapping their hands, and sitting at the edge of their seats. They just didnt gave a fuck, everyone in the cinema felt like they were apart of the concert, and at the very last bit when the movie finished and the credits rolled up. No on stood up to leave. Everyone were still in their seats. The lights came on and still no one budged. Literally none. So i honestly recommend all Coldplay fans and alike to have a go at it. Do not come in with expectations, come empty and u will leave with so much more. Get a copy of this film, brew a cup of hot coffee with a slice of apple cinnamon cake, switch on the air conditioning, sit yourself on the cozy side of your couch, snuggle up in a blanket and press play. Call it cliche muf. nuff said. thanks zerograv.tumblr.com]

More Coldplayer reviews of Live 2012 to follow…

Images from around the world during the cinema screenings of Live 2012 on 13th November 2012:

Don’t forget to check out your tour discussion thread if you are getting Coldplay tickets or just getting excited for the European & North American 2012 shows and other forthcoming appearances:

FEBRUARY 2012
8 Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia (iHeartRadio) [discussion]
9 Los Angeles, CA @ Jimmy Kimmel Live [discussion]
10 Los Angeles, CA @ GRAMMY Week MusiCares Person of the Year tribute [discussion]
12 Los Angeles, CA @ 54th Grammy Awards, Staples Center [discussion]
16 Sydney, Australia @ 2DayFM, Mobile Live Set (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Sunrise (intimate show) [discussion] [CANCELLED]
21 London @ Brit Awards 2012, O2 Arena [discussion]

MARCH 2012
2 New York, NY @ Good Morning America [discussion]
4 New York, NY @ The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Radio City Music Hall (Amnesty International) [discussion]

APRIL 2012
17 Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place [discussion]
18 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [discussion]
20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
21 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]
24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]
25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]
27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]
28 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

MAY 2012
1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion]
4 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]
5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion]
18 Porto, Portugal @ Dragao Stadium [discussion]
20 Madrid, Spain @ Estadio Vicente Calderón [discussion]
22 Nice, France @ Stade Charles Herman / Nikaia [discussion]
24 Turin, Italy @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]
26 Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund [discussion]
29 Coventry, UK @ Ricoh Stadium [discussion]

JUNE 2012
1 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
2 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
4 London, UK @ the Emirates Stadium [discussion]
7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]
9 London, UK @ Wembley Stadium (Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2012) [discussion]
9 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
10 Manchester, UK @ the Etihad Stadium [discussion]
22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
23 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]
25 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
26 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center [discussion]
28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]
29 Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena [discussion]

JULY 2012
2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]
3 Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena [discussion]
5 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
6 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center [discussion]
8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
9 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]
23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
24 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]
26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
27 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]
29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]
30 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

AUGUST 2012
1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]
3 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
4 East Rutherford, NJ @ Izod Center [discussion]
7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
8 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]
10 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
11 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center [discussion]
28 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Parken Stadium [discussion]
30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Olympic Stadium [discussion]

SEPTEMBER 2012
2 Paris, France @ Stade de France [discussion]
4 Cologne, Germany @ Rheinenergie Stadium [discussion]
6 The Hague, Netherlands @ Malieveld [discussion]
7 Los Angeles, US @ Shrine Auditorium (Stand Up To Cancer) [discussion]
9 London, UK @ Paralympics Closing Ceremony [discussion]
12 Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion [discussion]
14 Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Stadium [discussion]
16 Prague, Czech Republic @ Slavia Eden Stadium [discussion]
19 Warsaw, Poland @ National Stadium [discussion]
22 Hannover, Germany @ AWD Arena [discussion]

NOVEMBER 2012
10 Auckland, New Zealand @ Mt Smart Stadium [discussion]
12 Sydney, Australia @ MAX TV intimate show [discussion] [NEW!]
13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]
17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]
21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]

DECEMBER 2012:
29 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena [discussion] [NEW!]
30 New York, NY @ Barclays Center [discussion] [NEW!]
31 New York, NY @ Barclays Center (with Jay-Z) [discussion] [NEW!]

Read also: European Stadium Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the Europe tour)
Read also: North America Tour announced! (general discussion thread for the US/Canada tour)
Read also: 2012: Live Appearances – Easy Thread Finder (last updated – 12th January 2012)
Read also: 2012 tour date rumours (please post dates for ALL countries in here)

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