Coldplay have now performed three of six sold-out concerts on the band’s World Tour with an emphasis throughout on inclusivity and sustainability. Alongside songs from the band’s most recent album, ‘Music Of The Spheres’, the classics floated and cascaded with heartfelt emotion at Wembley Stadium this week.
The first of Coldplay’s homecoming performances was a frenzy of upbeat soft-rock, serving as a reminder of how far the group has gone from its earlier days. Focusing on sustainability, the energy generated by these fixtures is used to power a portion of the show the following night. During the pre-show, a message flashes up inviting fans to use the kinetic dancefloors (circles that patrons can jump on to create energy) and power bikes. They play House of Pain’s “Jump Around” loudly through the speakers at one point to encourage partygoers on the dance floors to jump.
Videos appear that highlight the environmental causes that ticket sales benefit, explain how the band has committed to reducing emissions on this tour by 50% compared to their previous one, and describe how they employ renewable resources.
This collaboration with Craig David followed the Coldplay’s previous two Wembley performances. Tonight, however, we’re joined by Australian pop phenom Natalie Imbruglia and virtuoso performer Jacob Collier, first for a heartfelt rendition of “Torn” (helped by a full audience sing-along), and then for a cover of “Summer Nights” from the film Grease, in memory of the late Olivia Newton-John. It is a charming, though unanticipated, tribute to the icon.
There are still three more Wembley dates at the 90,000-person stadium. The planned industrial action on the London Underground train network has forced a change in the date of the August 19 performance to August 21. At Wembley, Coldplay will be supported by H.E.R. and London Grammar.