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    London Review: Coldplay @ O2 Arena (15th December 2008)

    magicball7.jpgHow do you make the O2 Arena your own? It's hard to make a gig feel intimate when you have a 20,000 capacity crowd, but you could start by jumping off the stage with your band and bouncing up to a narrow corner to play 'Green Eyes' and 'Death Will Never Conquer', wedged in to the aisle with your mate on harmonica.


    Even though your mate happens to be comic genius Simon Pegg, it's hard not to feel you're in a much smaller local space, in a spontaneous lock-in style singalong with the biggest band in the universe on hand to entertain.


    The party atmosphere in the arena was aided by Coldplay's brand of big bucks-fuelled euphoria and unashamed nod to cheesy one-liners and crowd-pleasing antics - giant 'Yellow' balloons drop from the ceiling; a magical burst of paper butterflies churn from every side of the arena and fall on the delighted crowd during 'Vida la Viva' and everyone throws their hands in the air, faces turned up towards the sky; Chris Martin sings 'Fix You' and people are moved because let's face it, we all want someone gorgeous to write a beautiful song for us out of of love.


    Read the full review article here


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