Coldplay played in Poland for the first time in their history as they headlined the Open'er Festival in Gdynia last night (30th June 2011). The setlist was exactly the same as the previous performance at 'Where The Action Is' festival in Sweden and Glastonbury before that, which means they once again played live favourites Shiver and Everything's Not Lost from the first album Parachutes. The same new tracks from the previous festival performances were also played, minus of course Princess Of China, which hasn't been seen since Rock im Park.
Coldplay.com published some photos online today instead of live blogging (their internet connection was crap which meant a live blog wasn't feasible). Some excellent photos were taken by Polish website onet.pl which you can view in their galleries. Loads of videos have now been uploaded to YouTube which you can watch at the Coldplay Live forum, where you can also read all the other comments on this show. Thanks to everyone who has contributed on the forums, Youtube and twitters. We'll have more on this show over the next few hours/days!
MX/Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
Everything's Not Lost
Us Against The World
Viva la Vida
Life Is For Living
Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
It was mind blowing. Definitely the best live performance I have ever seen and the crowd was truly awesome! Their performance confirmed their title for the best band in the world! Looking forward to their own tour. [thanks Radzhins]
It was just... INCREDIBLE. Best experience in my life! I was in the second row and saw (almost) everything. Almost, because of Jonny I didn't see Will much of the time ;p I have to say that the crowd was amazing! Chris sometimes looked like he was surprised that we know words to every single song! He also said that he doesn't know why their menager kept them out of Poland for so long. He mentioned that they would be back in our country next year! I'm thinking, maybe they are planning a new tour in 2012? They played Shiver, my favourite <3 One of best parts of the concert I almost cried when it started. One terrible thing was that during three first songs about 30 people from rows in the front fainted and security guys had to pull them out. But luckily no one was serious injured. I didn't take any photos or record videos because I just wanted to have the time of my life, sing along and jump and didn't care about my camera anymore! ;p [thanks Carmen_]
What a night, what a show! Well it has been the 1st Coldplay show in Poland, but it wasn't for me and my wife. We have seen them at top of their game in Germany (Leipzig 2005 - my wife claims it has been the best show of her life and Berlin 2008) average show in Hamburg 2008 (crowd!) and lowest of lows - Barcelona 2009 with many technical issues, too long breaks between songs etc.... this was something completely different. We wanted to be at the front, so we managed to get to the 5th-7th row, but during National set it became obvious the we won't last there... there was no point standing in the crowd where you couldn't even raise your hand to clap - so crowded it was! We found a little more comfortable space just on the edge of 1st mojo ring, and though we couldn't see that clearly at last we had space to jump and joy. The roar was amazing when the light went off, then it was ride! With the fireworks explosions we started what has be one of the best shows in Poland we witnessed (and I've seen a few bands). They played a Glastonbury set, so most people were unfamiliar with new songs (but still Major Minus and Charlie recived a deserved applaud!). I guess Live is for living and Everything not lost were also the lower points in terms of crowd reception, they should have swapped it for Trouble, it would have worked better with Polish audience. Still, I am surprised to how well people sang, and obviously Chris was too, asking why the manager kept them from such a great crowd for so long. Viva La Vida was an absolute highlight, the whole field was jumping up and down and singing wooo ooo ooo! Scientist singalong also was amazing. I could write and write. Clocks and Fix You with fans lighting everything possible and singing were amazing too. I must say that Every-tear drop wasn't the best closer... Chris was barely heard where we stood and something was missing... we you can't have everything, apart from that.... It was a hell of a show, though I still can't figure out why they play so short sets (1h25m), I hope they gonna come back to Poland on their proper tour. I must say that from the great arena's band they finally turned to stadium pleasers... since after Barcelona I had a great reservation about them handling such a great crowds... at least Gdynia proved me wrong. Well done boys, amazing job - festival people. [thanks ZBYCH]
New photos of Coldplay - Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland (28th June, 2011):
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