First night of their first UK tour in two years and Chris Martin had one thing on his mind. Well, it was actually more on his face. "I've got a spot the size of the Isle Of Wight," chirped the amiable singer at his piano on a stage extension. Appropriate then that he should tinkle into early gem Trouble.
Like said blemish, the quartet spread themselves well about the place at this sold out encounter – including strolling to the back of the venue to play an acoustic stint on a stairwell. Chasing the success of fourth album Viva La Vida this was a rare Sheffield incursion for a band who previously played The Leadmill with a then little known band called Muse in support.
"This is the song that first brought us to Sheffield," said CM, introducing Yellow as an encore offering. Oh how things have changed since; as piped hip hop gave way to the classical Blue Danube the band first appeared in instrumental mode behind a dark veil before chugging into the single Violet Hill.
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