Can't believe this concert was 3 weeks ago already! Time flies by! I'm lucky to be able to see Coldplay a few times this year and this was the first round.
I went to the concert with my good friend Claire. My sister lives in Lyon and it's just a 2 hour train ride away from Paris (where we live) so the trip wasn't too much trouble for us (Frankfurt and Dublin are going to be another story though haha). It was SO hot that day though and the organisation regarding the city and the venue was definitely poor for several reasons.
First of all, as per usual with French authorities and organisations, they tend to greatly underestimate the importance and the impact of a Coldplay concert. The fact that the concert is sold out doesn't seem to bother them that much?! Anyway the system they implemented to get inside the venue was rather crap and greedy: you had to book special and super expensive tram or parking tickets so you could be allowed in the area. We took the tramway, but holyshit there were so many people for so little trains!!! Thankfully around 7pm they realized they needed to bring bigger trains and the queue went much quicker. Then, queuing at the entrance of the stadium was also absolute hell, no organisation whatsoever as tramways were coming from everywhere, no one was respecting the queue...
And after all that, after all the security warnings and announcements, the strategy and choices we had to make so we weren't going to be stopped by security....Security turned out to be poor af: we saw people with backpacks and huge bags inside the stadium :|
Anyway, we arrived quite late that day because for the first time, we went to see a stadium Coldplay concert with seating tickets ! We wanted to get a different view, enjoy the whole light show, and Claire couldn't necessarily take another day off to queue either. And we did not regret it ! Our seats were in the higher sections but not at all at the back of the stadium, so we had a splendid view over the 3 stages. That was perfect !
Ultimate luxury : just an hour before Coldplay's set, we were able to GO TO THE BATHROOM (wooowwwwwwwwww), get beers and a hot dog !!! (ohmygod)
First time in my life i get to experience that at a concert wow boy did it feel nice ! I always have to live Coldplay gigs with a full, ready-to-burst bladder and a dry throat, so this was awesome.
The other great thing about it is that we got special Coldplay cups with our drinks !!! They're beautiful ! They have the AHFOD logo and everything.
We unfortunately missed the first opening act (see first part) but were able to catch half of the second one I believe, which was rather nice ! The atmosphere was quite calm in the stadium and people arrived rather late i thought. It only got energetic and truly exciting a few minutes before the set, as there were lots of Mexican waves (love them, live for them). They started about 10 minutes late.
Claire is part of the ColdplayCorner team and set up a Facebook live through which she managed to show most of the show. If you followed that one Facebook live, the incredibly loud voices that you heard were mine and Claire's hihihi sorry (but at least that's a testament of how i do truly enjoy my Coldplay concerts). We caught a few funny comments like « wow thank you this is incredible but you're absolutely terrible singers » or « shut up we can't hear the concert properly » hahahahaha
We got up right as the concert started, but unfortunately most people in our block only stood up for a few songs, not the whole show...we were clearly the most enthusiastic, and our neighbours looked absolutely disgusted to have us there haha ! The man next to me disappeared after 5 songs, I found him 5 rows below at the end...The woman next to Claire looked rather bored throughout the concert, which seems impossible to me but eh to each their own i guess. So yeah this was also a great experience because we had all the advantages I mentioned earlier about being able to go late to the concert, whilst enjoying the concert as if we were standing down there!
Coldplay were as usual incredible, awesome, wonderful, full of positive energy...and the world's biggest trolls. They actually started the Birds intro before switching to GPASUYF hahaha
There was a funny moment during the song actually, as he told the crowd « raise your arms when i start jumping » but they only heard the first part and started raising their arms, clapping and jumping very early, and he laughed haha that was adorable
I didn't mind not having Birds, as I was lucky enough to saw them in Manchester last year, therefore I got to experience it at least once. It's one of my absolute favourite off the album, but I know that most people who come to see them have only listened to it once (if at all)...so the atmosphere for Birds isn't as awesome as it should be, and definitely not as great as with GPASUYF for obvious reasons. I can understand why any fan would be upset at that kind of change though, as you're here to see the AHFOD tour...not the Coldplay's Biggest Hits tour :| at least that kind of change does sort of make sense, GPASUYF truly is a great moment to witness afterall.
AHFOD was actually quite a highlight of the show (i think it comes from the fact that we're releasing all that adrenaline at the start, it's just always insane), as well as SJLT (people do know that one haha). I didn't expect it to be one of my highlights (i do like the song tho), i was just so surprised at the crowd's reaction, it made it all the more amazing.
We did not get the request at all. That was frankly disappointing. I get that they were late, but when you ask your fans to make requests videos and you make them hope for something like that….you could drop your other C-stage song.
The song for Lyon was absolutely adorable though ! Chris talked quite a lot, and tried his best in French, it was amazing ! You could tell he's a fan of Stromae now hahahaha That was a really nice gesture which does sort of make up for the lack of request that night. Sort of.
Raising the French flag for ETIAW definitely was a good trick as well for the French crowd. He acknowledged the difficulties that we went through, as well as his country's. He didn't make a big deal but as always he's just very moving, with his generosity and his sincerity and the love that he gives to the crowd.
The view over the Xylobands in the whole stadium was absolutely stunning and I'm so happy to have seen it for myself and not in pictures as usual (you do see it from downstairs, it's just that you have to raise your eyes and turn around and it's not the first thing on your mind in that situation haha). We had the white Xylobands too ! That was so cool, so happy to have this one in my collection !
The confetti explosions and fireworks are also much more noticeable from up there and pretty goddamn cool. When the first one happened in AHFOD, we yelled so loud we were like OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHSHIT
So that was my fifth Coldplay concert and despite the lack of change in the setlist I still feel incredibly privileged and lucky to have seen them again. Something I told myself that evening, during the concert, was that when I look for a spot in the universe, somewhere that I feel is my place : that's what a Coldplay concert is. It's just where I belong. I'm about to embark on the craziest month with 5 other Coldplay concerts and it's completely a dream come true and I'm incredibly happy and grateful. I love them so much. Going to take the bus tonight, see you in Frankfurt tomorrow !