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Coldplay (formed in 1996) is pioneering British pop-rock band, formed by lead vocalist Chris Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, from London, UK.
Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland met during their orientation week for their studies at University College London in 1996. The pair formed the band Pectoralz with the addition of Guy Berryman on bass and Will Champion on drums before renaming themselves Starfish and ultimately Coldplay.
The band broke through into the public consciousness with their hugely popular single “Yellow” in the year 2000. The single broke into the UK Top 5 and paved the way for Coldplay’s debut album “Parachutes” later in July, released through Parlophone Records. The album slingshotted the band to commercial success and critical acclaim; achieving multi-platinum status and a number of highly revered awards came their way including two Brit awards for Best British Group and Best British Album as well as a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 2002.
Coldplay followed the album up with “A Rush of Blood to the Head” in 2002 which spawned several hit singles including “In My Place”, “Clocks” and “The Scientist”. The band supported the album with an increasingly extensive and elaborate-designed live show and touring schedule across five continents including shows at Glastonbury Festival, Sydney, Australia’a Hordern Pavilion and the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards.
The band subsequently released the album “X&Y” in 2004 which became the best-selling album of 2005 with the hit singles “Speed of Sound”, “Fix You” and “Talk”. Its successor “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” was produced by the infamous Brian Eno and became one one of the fasting selling albums in UK album history, featuring the singles “Violet Hill” and “Viva la Vida”.
Ahead of Coldplay’s fifth studio album, the band released the lead single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” and played a number of headlining festival slots including Glastonbury, T in the Park, Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza. “Mylo Xyloto” arrived in October 2011 toppping the charts in over 34 countries and much like its predecessors generated a handful of awards.
In early 2014 Coldplay released the singles “Midnight” and “Magic” ahead of the their album “Ghost Stories” eventually released May 19, 2014. The album received mixed to positive reviews and again topped the album charts in the UK and U.S. among other major music markets. Over an highly illustrious and esteemed career Coldplay has garnered eight Brit Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards and seven Grammy Awards from 25 nominations. The band has sold over 80 million records worldwide due to their changing and adaptable approach with each new album, allowing Coldplay to stay novel and interesting and appeal to hoards of new listeners.
If you're wondering what to expect from Coldplay, expect the best show of your life! This was my first time seeing Coldplay at the Royal Albert Hall in London and I have to say this was one of best nights of my life. No exaggeration. They performed many of their most popular classics such as "Fix you" and "The Scientist" and pretty much all of my favourites "Charlie Brown" and "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" including new tracks from their latest album, Ghost Stories. The atmosphere was incredible; I've never experienced anything like it in comparison. You just had to be there! Coldplay had you dancing out of your seats for their upbeat tracks such as "Sky Full Of Stars" and hearing their more mellow tracks like "True Love" was just simply beautiful and enchanting. Their playlist for the night was definitely
on point and well connected with the crowd and us fans. The stage was right in the center so I'm pretty sure everyone had a great view, it was all set up very well and the lighting looked brilliant. And as for my most memorable experience? The whole gig! There was a point at the end of "God Put a Smile Upon Your Face" when Chris Martin literally threw his electric guitar in the air and let it smash the floor for an epic finish, everyone went crazy. Coldplay has been a strong British iconic band for many years now, they know how to put on a show and they honestly do give it their all. Me and my friend are proud to say that we was there that night, last thing I have to say is that if you ever get the chance to see Coldplay live, grab your tickets and grab them quick! I promise you, you won't be disappointed in the slightest. Prepare to be blown away! Read more
There is little in this world that compares to a Coldplay concert. Exhilarating, energetic and euphoric are just some of the words that can be used to describe what one experiences when Chris Martin and band take to the stage.
One of my most memorable concert experiences ever, when Coldplay played the Emirates Stadium back in 2012, it was simply astounding. Extravagant production and simply phenomenal live music, it became clear to me why tickets for these shows trade hands for thousands and why fans travel far and wide.
Hearing 60,000 people sing word for word hit singles such as Paradise, Fix You and Princess of China made the hairs on my arms stand on end, so one can only imagine how this must feel for the band.
Their track record speaks for itself. Eight Brit Awards, seven Grammys, six number one albums and 60 million record sales make Coldplay’s success undeniable and they continue to reign as one of the world’s biggest bands. The reason behind this success becomes clear at a live show.
As a live act, Coldplay have achieved things that others have not. They are truly in a league of their own and this can only be understood when you witness this for yourself. I have tried but my words simply cannot capture the magic. Read more
Since the release of Coldplay's fifth album 'Mylo Xyloto' the emphasis of their live show appears to be on the theatrics and the avant-garde. An album so super charged with power pop it was considered a substitute to red bull, the band quickly substituted the tender subtleties of 'Shivers' for the brass tones of 'Charlie Brown' and 'Hurts Like Heaven'. These new tracks are undoubtedly anthemic yet the visual displays and complexing stage layouts slightly detract from the musicianship of the quartet. Whilst performing the more downtempo and emotive tracks from break up album 'Ghost Stories' Chris Martin's vocal sounds notably weak during 'Magic' and all of the pyro-techniques and visuals cannot hide this.
They recover with some classics including 'The Scientist' which is sang back in force by the crowds and the flawless 'Every Teardrop is A Waterfall' closes the main set in a suitably euphoric manner. However the choice to return with the floundering and flat 'anthem' 'Sky Full of Stars' which Chris consistently fails to deliver vocally seems a poor way to close a tour from one of the world's most esteemed pop/rock bands. It leaves the audiences wondering if 'Mylo Xyloto' was a particular career pinnacle for the band. Read more