Coldplay, Wembley Stadium 2016
At the start of summer in June I had one of the best experiences of my life. Bold statement to make but here’s the story of an evening at Wembley Stadium, beginning a long time ago.
Somewhere between fourteen to fifth teen years ago I heard an album in which it’s music completely resonated with me and listening to music became a whole new experience for me. This album was, a rush of blood to the head from Coldplay. I then immediately listened to there first album Parachutes and feel in love them even more to the extent that they became my favourite band. I had heard parts of Yellow before somewhere but never knew whom it was by. As soon as I discovered it was by Coldplay it immediately became my favourite song ever, and still is today.
Many years have passed since then and new albums have increased Coldplay’s popularity worldwide. However the opportunity to see them live never came my way. That was until 2011 at the Oxegen festival in Dublin. Coldplay were headlining, with Beyonce performing before them. This was the same year they both headlined Glastonbury.
Having been to festivals before I knew the performance and atmosphere would be something special. I managed to buy tickets with a friend of mine, who was desperate to see Coldplay too. But the trip to Dublin was difficult. My friend pulled out at the very last minute due to a back problem and I was experiencing the worse cough of my life, lasted six weeks but I won’t go into that further. So I made the trip to Dublin myself and even though I wasn’t 100% well at all it was fantastic to see my favourite band live in the flesh, doing their thing.
Five years on and after missing out on seeing Coldplay again, they realised their seventh album “A head full of dreams” at the end of 2015 and I was determined to see them on their next world tour. In January the tickets went on sale at 9am and I was at my computer ready and waiting to press the buy tickets button as soon as it hit 9am. Genuinely I did not expect to get tickets, I mean it was Coldplay, these things usually go on sale in minutes. But suddenly I was on the purchase page, a miracle. I wasn’t too fussed with where the tickets were but I selected the seated areas and whatever came up I was going to take. So as soon as I was given the opportunity to purchase I was pressing that button in world record time.
I purchased two tickets, so I could go with my friend who missed out on Coldplay all those years ago. The tickets arrived mega early in April. Ironically I received an email shortly after getting the tickets where it said, “tickets for your upcoming event will be issued shortly”. It was so unexpected that when I saw the post from Ticketmaster I thought I haven’t ordered any tickets??
The date of the concert was 16th June, the same day England were playing Wales in the football. I won’t go into what happened with the football but after England won it left me in a good mood going to Wembley with my friend in the late afternoon. My friend Kam had never been to Wembley before so walking down Wembley way and seeing the stadium was a new experience for her.
The weather was overcast in the evening, typical British summer, but thankfully we were under cover inside in the stadium in case it did rain. As the opening act Alessia Cara and main support act Lianne La Havas performed, rain did come and we saw lighting in the distance. Some of the songs from Lianne La Havas I had heard before and I enjoyed her performance, Kam wasn’t that impressed.
Upon entering the stadium we were given a badge and a wristband. I had seen wristbands being used on Coldplay’s tour from a live dvd of there’s a few years ago. Just receiving those two items got me excited for what was to come.
So to Coldplay’s actual performance. There were so many highlights:
- Yellow was the second song and all wristbands lit up yellow!
- They performed songs in the middle of the stadium
- A cover a David Bowies Heroes
- At the beginning of their encore they played on a small stage at the back of the standing area by one of the large speakers, playing Green Eyes (a very old song)
- During “A sky full of stars” the stadium darkened and all wristbands were white. We were all shining like stars.
- A head full of dreams
- Every teardrop is a waterfall
- The scientist
- Always in my head
- Charlie Brown
- Hymn for the weekend
- Fix you
- Heroes (cover)
- Viva la vida
- Adventure of a lifetime
- Green eyes
- God out a small upon your face
- A sky full of stars
I mean trying to put the experience into words wouldn’t do it justice. Their back catalogue of sings is just immense. The connection they have with there fans is something unique and they draw you in making you part of the performance. Just having a wristband could be construed as a clichéd idea but it is used to brilliant effect. You’re basically part of the light show. They perform their up-tempo songs with passion and enthusiasm but with their deeper slower songs you are pulled in to feel like Chris is singing to you. It is just magic.
Kam absolutely loved them. It was so worth the wait to see them, along with the hour wait to get on the tube! If you haven’t been to an event at Wembley be prepared for a long journey home.
A few weeks later I watched Coldplay headline Glastonbury and it brought the experience of seeing them back. It was the best act I’ve seen headline Glastonbury. From the touching performance of a Viola Beach song, to Michael Eavis singing My Way and Barry Gibb singing Staying Alive it was just epic! You just can’t get better than Coldplay. They just know what they are doing and they do it so well, without ever looking like they don’t care or are not enjoying it. The humbleness with what they are doing and the pure joy of it all totally sets them apart from any band or artist out there for me.
If you get a chance to see them live just do it, or give your tickets to me!
Cheers Coldplay for an immense night.
Who is your favourite band or artist?
What is the best gig, concert or festival you have been to?
Have you ever seen a concert at Wembley?
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