Coldplay played the first of two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall last night (June 1), which singer Chris Martin said would be one of their “last shows for a while”. Taking to the stage, moved from its usual position to a platform at the centre of the crowd, the band entered uniformly wearing all black after a lengthy build up of atmospheric warm-up music.
Telling the crowd that this was one of their last concerts for a while, the singer then said that they would attempt to play “a few songs from each album, which doesn’t seem like a revolutionary idea but it’s strange for us”. They then launched into ‘God Put A Smile Upon My Face’, taken from 2002’s ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’ and ‘Til Kingdom Come’.
‘Everything’s Not Lost’, ‘Ink’, ‘True Love’ and ‘When I Ruled The World’ followed, during which Martin and drummer Will Champion took to the smaller stage at the end of the venue. They then continued with ‘Midnight’ and fan favourite ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ before exiting for the first time.
With the crowd chanting the riff from ‘When I Ruled The World’, Coldplay then re-entered wearing a mixture of white and grey tops before launching into ‘Oceans’. Instructing people to “loosen up”, they then played ‘Sky Full of Stars’, inciting the crowd to jump up and down as confetti cannons of white paper stars went off around the room.
‘Always In My Head’
‘God Put A Smile Upon My Face’
‘Til Kingdom Come’
‘Everything’s Not Lost’
‘When I Ruled The World’
‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’
‘Sky Full Of Stars’ and