Hannah Anderson reports on the first concert of Coldplay’s world tour
Emeli Sande, who just won the BRIT Critic’s Choice award, was the opening act. She sang songs from her upcoming album Our Version of Events. Her set pacified the restless crowd, and she even managed to get us, a crowd that was eagerly awaiting the appearance of Coldplay, to sing along.
Eventually we got what we were waiting for as Coldplay took the stage to Hurts Like Heaven from Mylo Xyloto. They segued into Yellow, and the show continued to get better from there. The old songs were seamlessly mixed in with the new, and all of the crowd favorites like Viva La Vida, Clocks, and The Scientist made an appearance.
There were the usual tricks you expect from a Coldplay show, like the butterflies, a second smaller stage, and the massive balloons, but this tour sees them trying out something new. Upon entering the arena, we were all given what was billed as an ‘interactive LED wristband.’ The wristbands were all controlled from backstage and during songs from Mylo Xyloto they lit up and flashed in patterns. Sometimes they matched the drumbeat, and at other times it seemed like a free for all. The wristbands were clearly the focus of the special effects team, and rightly so; they made us feel like we were part of the show and not just spectators. To get a better feeling for what they do, just take a look at some of the YouTube videos from this tour.
It was their first stop on the tour, and they were still working out a few kinks in the show, but I couldn’t have been happier as I stood their singing along to my favorite songs with 10,000 other people.