Saturday, November 17, 2012

Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto Australian Tour Review

One of the best things about Coldplay is that they just keep getting better and better and this year was no exception. We recently went to go see them play live at Melbourne's Etihad stadium and I gotta say, I have never been to concert like this before and was blown away by the lengths that the tour went to to make it one great show. This year they opened with Melbourne band, The Temper Trap and from the States, The Pierces. The Temper Trap were especially good at warming up the crowd with some of their own anthems like Sweet Disposition and newer releases like Rabbit Hole which sounded fantastic live.

Chris Martin at Etihad Stadium, Melourne Australia
There were a number of highlights to this concert. First, was a new addition I'd never seen before called XyloBands and were given to everyone as they entered. Worn on the wrist these would light up and flash during specific songs, encouraging the crowd to get into the rhythm of it. A bit gimmicky? Perhaps. But it was really effective and if you were there, the sight of a full stadium at night with these things going off with the live music just enhanced an already awesome experience ;-)

The Back to the Future theme song heralded the start of Coldplays 2 hour set much to the excitement of the thousands of fans and concert goers followed by a cascade of fireworks displays, laser lights and strobes. A visual feast for the eyes and as if that wasn't enough, strategically placed air cannons filled the stadium with little coloured paper hearts and butterflies. This was soon followed by giant bouncing balls tossed in for the audience to play with!

Most of the set heavily featured songs from their latest album Mylo Xyloto with a sprinkling of anthems such as Yellow, Clocks, Warning Signs and others. All and all money well spent. The above show reel I put together shows the concerts highlights. All footage was taken with the Canon S95 and edited with Windows Movie Maker. Enjoy ;-)

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