Coldplay   1 comment

Saturday, 17th November, 2012

‘Mylo Xyloto’ I don’t know what it means either, but that the name of the album and current world tour that Coldplay are on. They rolled into Australia last week after playing New Zealand as part of the Oceania leg of their world tour (13 months, 162 gigs and counting!). Typical Coldplay! They’ve been wowing the Aussies with their quirky interviews, one off shows and 3/4 song sets for the networks all week. They’ve played Melbourne on Wednesday night, the reviews were amazing and tonight was the first of two gigs at the Allianz stadium in Sydney.

When Ciara arrived in Australia, back in December 2011, she was raving about the Rihanna concert she’d been too just about leaving the UK. ‘Pile of crap’ I said at the time, ‘you want to see a proper band live; now that’s what I call a concert’. I mentioned Coldplay at the time and to my surprise she said that she really liked them and even had some of their most recent stuff on her iPod. ‘Ah, that’s okay but what about A rush of blood to the head and X&Y?’ Again to my surprise she reeled off a load of songs from these classics and when I tried to catch her out by playing some of their songs from my iPod, she knew the words and for the next few weeks my iPod kept disappearing into her room. Not long after this it was announced that they would be coming to Australia and so we made it our mission to get some tickets. So when the tickets were released back in May, Gail and I spent a frantic morning on the web/phone securing a couple for tonight’s show.

Yesterday, Gail picked Ciara up from school and then met me back at the apartment after I had ridden home from the office. Therefore, we were on the road up to Sydney by five and pulling up at Barbara and Lawrence’s place at around eight. Kerry arrived from her place over in the city at about the same time, so we spent the night in catching up on news from home and Australia with slab of beer and a take-a-way curry from the local Indian (not as good as home!) and went to bed early in anticipation for events of today.

As usual, with three women to wait for, we were a little late going to the train station to head into town for a look round before heading off to the concert. We jumped off the train at Circular Quays and after Ciara buying us our now usual coffee from Starbucks, we took a look round the harbour, where there was a massive cruise ship anchored at the passenger terminal. We decided to walk around the shore line from Circular Quays to Darling Harbour and after grabbing an ice cream under the Harbour Bridge we set off on our way. Once arrived at Darling Harbour, we were in need of a drink and dived into the first bar we found for a well deserved beer (not Ciara of course, she had a coke!).

As the gates to the Allianz stadium were opening at 5:30 pm, I was keen to get going in order to soak up the atmosphere in and around the venue. So after arranging a meeting place with Gail and Kerry, Ciara and I headed off to find a bus to the Moore Park area of Sydney CBD where the Allianz stadium in located. Obviously, everybody else had the same idea because when we arrived outside the arena there were massive queues leading up to all the entry gates. Spotting the ‘official’ merchandise stand, we decided to buy a couple of T-Shirts and once we were resplendent in our new purchases we waited for the gates to open. At the gate, everyone was given a waistband, which seemed to consist of some LED lights and a receiver with instructions to wear it during the concert. We bought some food and drink from one of the very expensive food outlets and went to find our seats which were located at about the centre line of the pitch in the lower block of seats in the main stand.

First up on stage was one of the support acts, The Pierces, who are an American New York based band and consisting of sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce. These were followed by a Melbourne based band, The Temper Trap,  who Ciara seemed to know quite well and as the they went through their set, I realised that I had heard some of their stuff on the radio over the past few months. The stadium was filling up whilst both of the bands were on and by the time the Temper Trap had finished, the air of excitement was palpable.

Once the stage was cleared and the signal was given to start the show, we all waited for Coldplay to make their entrance. And wow! What an entrance, suddenly the stadium lights went out and in the pitch darkness all our waistbands started flashing, then the opening chords of Mylo Xyloto blasted out of the sound system and there they were Chris, Guy, Jonny and Will on stage giving it large! I can’t start to describe the full concert, except to say that it was fantastic and both Ciara and I enjoyed it immensely.

The play-list was a mixture of songs from their latest album (as you would expect!) and classics from over the years.

Mylo Xyloto
Hurts Like Heaven
In My Place
Major Minus
Lovers In Japan
The Scientist
Violet Hill
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

Princess of China

Up in Flames
Warning Sign
A Hopeful Transmission
Don’t Let It Break Your Heart
Viva La Vida
Charlie Brown

Us Against the World
Speed Of Sound


Fix You
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall


Posted November 17, 2012 by yermandownunder in Out and about, Travels

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