Review: Coldplay @ Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (09/12/2016)

Coldplay
w/Lianne La Havas & Jess Kent
Friday 9th of December, 2016 – Etihad Stadium, Melbourne

Setlist:
A Head Full of Dreams
Yellow
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
The Scientist
Birds (with “Oceans” excerpt in intro)
Paradise (with Tiësto remix outro)

B-Stage:
Always in My Head
Magic
Everglow

A-Stage:
Clocks (Army Of One excerpt in intro)
Midnight (partial)
Charlie Brown
Hymn for the Weekend
Fix You
“Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
Viva la Vida
Adventure of a Lifetime
Imagine (John Lennon cover) (Cover with guest appearance of Emmanuel Kelly)

C-Stage:
In My Place
Us Against the World

A-Stage:
Amazing Day
A Sky Full of Stars (Stopped so a fan could propose on stage)
A Sky Full of Stars (Because Chris wanted to do it again)
Up&Up

You always know that the money you spend on the ticket at a Coldplay show is invested back into production.After being introduced by fans that attended the Hobart show the English quartet took center stage to a hooray of rainbow confetti and fireworks – and that was only for the first song!

The 55,000 fans were given a flashing wristband which synced to the show and offered a wonderful sight of colour across the stadium. ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ kicked off the proceedings and singalongs which ran 24-songs deep. The band wasted no time to bring out the early crowd favourties ‘The Scientist’ and ‘Yellow’.

The band swung across to another stage over in the back part of the general admission area to perform a few songs acoustically including ‘Magic’ which worked a treat. Martin’s sense of humour came out various times throughout the night, such as singling out an individual sitting alone in a stand in the cheap seats in the back corner and thanks them for coming on their own, “even if they brought 56 seats”.

Martin thanks the fans to the extend saying that if it wasn’t for the fans they would be stuck on some cruise ship singing Bon Jovi songs. The band bring in the fan element into the show by having a recorded fan request which is ‘Always in my Head’.

Everglow is the final song on the “B” stage, which is recorded for the BBC music awards, Martin jokes that the award is for the seventh sexiest band (where they actually take out the award for Artist of the Year) and is beautiful live.

Chris later introduces his band, and when introducing bassist Guy Berryman the frontman remarks – “Goodness knows how many calendars we wouldn’t have sold without him.”

With an impressive back-catalog Coldplay continue to play hit after hit, as well as a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ . ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ is a good excuse to jump around and continue on with the fun as giant beach balls bounce over the crowd.

‘A Sky Full of Stars’ is stopped to invite a fan on stage to propose to his girlfriend, after some confusion and an impostor coming onstage to hug Chris. The actual girlfriend arrives on stage and accepts as the band play ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ for the second time.  The amazing night concludes with ‘Up & Up’, the night was certainly an adventure of a lifetime!

Rating: 10/10

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