Over 120,000 people have attended the Sound Relief fundraising concerts in Sydney and Melbourne to help aid victims of devastating fires and floods in Australia, reports the NME.
In Sydney, Coldplay played their earliest festival slot in years, kicking off the event just after midday as the temperature edged toward 30 degrees. The band opened with 2000 hit 'Yellow', unleashing a cache of giant yellow balls and confetti into the crowd. Frontman Chris Martin acknowledged how much the day meant to Australians, and said he was honoured that the crowd and organisers had let “foreign bands” be part of the event.
Coldplay’s 40-minute set included ‘Clocks’ and ‘Viva La Vida’, as well as a surprise guest appearance by Aussie hero John Farnham, who joined the band for a rendition of his 1986 hit ‘You’re The Voice’ – which Martin jokingly introduced as “Australia’s national anthem”.
The group – currently on a national tour of the country – finished their seven-song set with ‘Fix You’, which culminated in Martin running into the crowd to sing, but then getting stuck behind a security fence and unable to get back to the stage.
After several attempts to jump the fence, Martin was finally able to get back to the front of the stadium to complete the song.
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