It was an utterly euphoric O2 Brixton Academy that greeted the six-song performance by NME’s Godlike Genius Award winners, Coldplay at the end of the award ceremony last night (February 17). As they ran through their set they struck bullseye on all the hallmarks of Coldplay shows we’ve come to know and love. ‘Viva La Vida’ opened with a curtain of confetti as drummer Will Champion pounded upon the song’s iconic bell.
As Chris Martin and co segued into ‘Charlie Brown’, the venue’s LED-powered bracelets lit up and everyone from Thurston Moore to Katy B was on their feet. Låpsley was dancing between the tables. Kylie Minogue was in the front row with Laura Whitmore.
Then we head back to a couple of classics – ’Clocks’ and ‘Yellow’ – while our bracelets light up red and, of course, yellow. While most people are up on their feet, Graham Coxon remains seated for Coldplay’s performance. Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming was dancing on her chair so hard she fell off.
Then they headed towards the most recent song of their set, ’Adventure Of A Lifetime’. Guitarist Jonny Buckland beamed out its disco-funk riff as Chris jumped about the stage. What ended the night was the band’s 2005 chanter, ‘Fix You’, with everyone howling along. Genius.