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    Xylobands news round-up: Paralympics closing ceremony, Jason Regler interview, Tramlines festival

    6467653715_be25c92ee4_s.jpgColdplay's Xylobands will be used during their performance at the Paralympics closing ceremony on 9th September, it has been revealed in an online article interview with Xyloband inventor, Jason Regler.


    After rumours spread that they would be playing the Olympics closing ceremony last week, Coldplay themselves again confirmed via Twitter they will be present for the Paralympics ceremony on September 9th – reiterating a previous announcement made in May. "For those asking, Coldplay were never due to play the Olympics Closing Ceremony," the tweet reads. "They play the Paralympics Closing Ceremony on 9 Sept."


    Meanwhile, in the interview with Jason Regler, in which he is quoted as saying, "Coldplay liked my business idea and now I'm making millions", he confirms that Xylobands will be used at the Olympic Stadium in London where Coldplay will close out the Paralympic Games. The article continues: 'A Coldplay fan who paid £2,000 to a charity so he and his son could meet singer Chris Martin at a gig came away with backing for his business venture. Now he has sold more than two million radio-controlled wristbands that light up in time to music. Jason Regler, 43, had the idea for Xylobands while watching the Glastonbury Festival on television in 2005. He says: "I was very depressed at the time. My business, RB Concepts, was not going well and I had been through a relationship breakdown. I thought it would be great if there was something else to bring everyone together."'

    RB Concepts, based in Honiton, Devon, sold technology for toys, but he says it was struggling after a company went bankrupt and defaulted on a £150,000 payment. It was five years after having the wristbands idea that Jason had the chance to pitch it to Coldplay. He says: "Two days after meeting them I got an email from their creative guy saying, 'You know that break you wanted, we are about to give it to you.' Now turnover is into the multi-millions, 100 per cent up on last year. It rescued us."


    Recent reports suggest the success of Team GB at the London Olympics has led to surge of interest in the 2012 Paralympic Games, which is now set to be a complete sell-out for the first time in its 52-year history. Organisers have revealed 2.2million tickets have been sold – a figure which will beat the previous best total attendance set at the Beijing Games in 2008 by around 400,000 sales.


    As well as at Coldplay concerts, Xylobands have been used at sports and corporate events. The Xylobands were used to create a light show at this year's Tramlines festival. The electronic wristbands were given out to the 8,000-strong crowd during the final performances of headliners Reverend and the Makers and DJs True Tigers. Jason Regler, the inventor of Xylobands, said: "It was amazing to see how well the bands worked in an outdoor venue and how they enhanced the festival experience. We were thrilled to be a part of Nokia's lightshow, particularly at a great free festival like Tramlines."


    True Tiger DJs said: ''We're really excited about the Nokia light show, it's all pretty cool, and it's gonna be cool to see what it looks like, especially when you're looking out into the crowd - whenever you get that kind of moment with lighters or phones it's really cool. We're in an era of DJs doing big shows now with big stage and light production so its cool to be involved in something like this which is really out there.''



    Coldplay again confirm Paralympics closing ceremony performance via Twitter



    Jason Regler, left, the inventor of the Xylobands


    New photos of Coldplay performing at the Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN (10 August 2012):














    Photos courtesy of Mix 108


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    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]

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    20 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena [discussion]

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    24 Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena [discussion]

    25 Seattle, WA @ KeyArena [discussion]

    27 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion At San Jose [discussion]

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    MAY 2012

    1 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    2 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl [discussion]

    3 Los Angeles, CA @ American Idol show [discussion] [NEW!]

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    5 Los Angeles, CA @ KROQ's Weenie Roast y Fiesta [discussion] [NEW!]

    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]

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    7 Sunderland, UK @ the Stadium of Light [discussion]

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    22 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center [discussion]

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    28 Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum [discussion]

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    JULY 2012

    2 Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena [discussion]

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    8 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center [discussion]

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    23 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre [discussion]

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    26 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre [discussion]

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    29 Boston, MA @ TD Garden [discussion]

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    1 Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills [discussion]

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    7 Chicago, IL @ United Center [discussion]

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    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]

    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]

    13 Melbourne, Australia @ Etihad Stadium [discussion]

    17 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion]

    18 Sydney, Australia @ Allianz Stadium [discussion] [NEW!]

    21 Brisbane, Australia @ Suncorp Stadium [discussion]


    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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    The new range of Coldplaying merchanise (unofficial of course to the official shop) has hit our stores, with our biggest range of goods so far. Prices are as low as they can be for a Cafepress shop so more people will be able to afford them. We don't take any profits for the sale of the merchandise as a result. Take a browse in one of the online stores nearest to you: UK | US | Canada | Australia | European (shipping is worldwide, but you can choose what currency to pay in) - simply alter the country dropdown menu at the top of the shop page. [thanks to TracieMorgan and zzz]


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