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    Did you enjoy the concert ? :) it was amazing!

    Oh yes!!! We stayed at a hotel near Grant Park too, the Best Western. It was literally only a few minute walk from the train station! I'll definitely stay there again if we come into the city for museum stuff or soldier field. We had fun taking one of those pedicab/rickshaw things from the hotel to the stadium. The guy saw our CP shirts and played HFTW really loud while we road past all the walkers! Loved that!!

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  2. This happened to me in NY and will also (I assume) be the case in Toronto. At least this time I know so I'm not going to be surprised. Maybe I should ask TM about it? Did you just call them? I'm not massively upset, I can always walk to the C stage before they come on and have a good view, and I've had my fair share of great views this tour so it's no big deal. Only reason I'm worried is my seat in NY was almost totally obstructed by the sounddesk and I don't want that again really for full floor price.

    Yes call the Ticketmaster customer support line for people who've already bought their tickets. I'm sorry I don't have the number handy but i remember I found it on their website in the "contact us" area.

    Where they moved the C stage to in Chicago was completely encased inside one of the D sections. You won't be able to walk up to the stage because of the seats that'll be right up against it. Those people lucked out. But you might be able to stand nearby. I just didn't attempt it.

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  3. My supposedly C stage seats in Chicago were a bust. Shortly before the show date Live Nation decided to move the C stage from the right of section C2 (where my seats were) to the center of one of the D sections. They added a good 50 seats or so where the C stage would have been, so instead of having aisle seats right up against the C stage, I ended up with middle row seats nowhere near it. Still had an awesome time, but I wish I'd known about that change earlier so I could have asked Ticketmaster for an upgrade. That's how i got section A seats last year when they changed the seat map early on for the 2016 tour.

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  4. You were so sweet to find me!! Your daughter is beyond adorable!! You can't see the back of her shirt here-it said "Next-gen Coldplayer"! @brobbins you did an unbelievable job making these shirts!!!! Great meeting you guys-definite highlight of the night!

    Awww thank you!!! And thank you once again for giving my daughter your cross-stitch tour balloon necklace. You did a beautiful job making that too! It will have pride of place among our CP memorabilia at home. :)

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  5. What lovely pictures ! Hope you had an amazing time despite there being rain again as I heard ! :)

    Luckily the rain was nowhere near as bad as last time. More like a teaser to make us all worry but then it stopped after a couple minutes. And according to the weather app on my phone there was a 0% chance of rain all night. Guess the app didn't realize there was a Coldplay concert going on or it would have upped the prediction!!

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  6. Hey all! Just a heads up for you guys wanting to meet up before the show, I'll meet you inside the stadium instead of a restaurant or anywhere else outside. I trust the regular posters here, but I'd be nervous about any lurkers watching for info from all us ticketholders about where they can come mug us and steal our tickets. Paranoid? Probably. A cautious mom wanting to protect herself and two very excited kids from a horrible experience? Defiantly. :)


    Once our tickets are scanned and we're safely inside Soldier Field I'm game for meeting anyone!! Iamsue, I know where you'll be. :)


    Two days and counting!!!!!!!

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  7. VLV in my case, but not until 2012. I listened to harder rock music back then and barely knew who CP was. My usual hard rock radio station played VLV and it just gripped me. As soon as I got home I googled, "Who sings 'that was when I ruled the world?" and luckily I got pointed in the right direction. I bought that CD and liked Violet Hill and Cemeteries of London but wasn't sure about the rest of that album. Then one day my kids were watching the cartoon movie "The Wild" and my ears picked up on Clocks. I instantly realized it sounded like a CP song but didn't recognize it. Loved it though!!! That's when I became a mega fan and the rest is history. And yes, I got to liking those other VLV album songs too. ;)


    And BTW, my kids are budding Coldplayers now too. I'm raising them right!!

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  8. Hi everyone,


    I am going to the show on 17th. is the area around soldier field super busy an hour or 2 before gates open at 5?. I assume it is but I am just confirming....


    UGh I have class in the morning at 8, with a presentation so I can't skip but fortunately I can present early and leave early. It will take about 4 hour drive to get to Chicago since I live in a suburb of Detroit (SE Michigan). Thinking if I leave at 11:30am/12pm going at a reasonable speed, I can make it there around 3/4pm with the time change?.

    Yep you should be fine with that plan. I live in SW Michigan, north of South Bend, and when I drove there last year for the Sunday show I mostly took the 80/90 toll road into Chicago through the Skyway. Soldier Field is surprisingly far south of all the Chicago Loop craziness and you'll reach it before you think. I did it in well under 2 hours. Of course with that being Sunday afternoon it might have been less busy, but on a week day going towards the city in late afternoon/evening it shouldn't be bad either. The rush hour traffic should be leaving the city going south.


    One thing we did on accident that I don't recommend is stopping for food and restrooms off the highway just a few miles south of the stadium. Holy scary area of town, no offense to any south-siders reading this. We should have stopped much sooner somewhere further out in the country. But like I said, it can sneak up on you quickly.


    This time I'm taking the Southshore train in from South Bend, which will take us just north of the stadium closer to the museums. This is what I did for the Saturday show last year, and walked to the stadium. There's some restaurants around there along S. Michigan Ave. about 15 to 20 minute walks to the staduim. I need to research the area again and remind myself what's there. Last year I passed a bunch of nice looking places on my walk to the stadium and ended up eating at a very small Dunkin Donuts when I ran out of better choices. By then I was hot and tired and didn't want to backtrack.

  9. As I have never been to a concert in the US, can anyone tell me, if people stay seated during the concert? We don´t have chairs on the field in Germany and are dancing and jumping… I have no idea what a concert with seats is like.

    I've been to some small shows in the US in general admission sections (standing room only/no seats) but it was kind of frustrating. I'm not very tall and couldn't see hardly anything with all the people in front of me and everyone smashed together. I just had a really good view (and smell) of the sweaty guys around me. Also, with no reserved seats you take whatever position you can get depending on how long you stood in line. And even then, big people can still push their way in front of you.


    The first time I saw Coldplay with assigned floor seating was last summer in Chicago. Huge improvement! I could arrive whenever I wanted to, sit down before the show, have room under the seat in front of me for my bag, no sweaty people to get my face pushed up against, I could come & go without losing my space, and I could see better even with taller people in front of me because the chairs keep everyone at a distance. We all stood, jumped and partied through the whole show. I loved it!! It was so great that I'm doing the floor again this month and bringing my 9yo daughter and her best friend. I'm not worried at all about them getting swallowed up in a mosh pit. And they can stand on the seats if they can't see well.


    Also, I don't know if every US staduim does this, but Soldier Field had zip ties holding rows of chairs together so you can't fold them up or move them around. It helped keep people from cramming together.

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  10. Yeah, it's a really pricy option. It worked well for me last year in the pouring rain with a little one in tow, but if it hadn't been for that I might have regretted spending that much. I'm taking a train in this time so no parking needed.


    I've seen other websites where you can reserve parking spaces around the city but I don't know how reputable they are. Maybe check out reviews. Good luck in researching your options!!

  11. Any tips for an out-of-stater like parking and whatnot are greatly appreciated.


    If you don't mind spending about $50 on parking, I recommend the Waldron Parking lot just south of the stadium. You can reserve a space online ahead of time so there's no worry about it filling up before you get there. It's also closest to where you enter the stadium. Just a couple minute walk from the gates.


  12. I like the lyric video; it reminds me of Strawberry Swing too. The aliens especially made my daughter laugh. (She's 9). I know some people don't like how Coldplay is appealing to younger (teen) audiences now, but I'm in my 40's and love most of their new music. My daughter and I are both huge fans and bond over all things Coldplay. She likes most of their old music too. It reaches so many demographics in different ways.

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  13. Thank you! I feel all caught up now.


    I agree with the others who hope an alternate video from the ice arena is still coming for the participants sake. But doesn't seem likely since they shot the video around the same time as Glastonbury when the impromptu "Chris solo" took place. It was some time after that the band decided the solo version should be released instead of the original. I'll bet the ice arena video got scrapped then too so they could do a more personal one with just Chris. IMHO, and hopefully I'm wrong .

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