Band performed new material and old favourites at St John at Hackney Church
The band, who will embark on a stadium tour of the UK next summer, played an hour-long set at St John at Hackney Church. The gig was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 and streamed live on the iPlayer.
With a new album to promote, the band wasted little time in playing material from the record and opened their set with the album title track. The stage was dressed with neon flowers with similarly bright boomboxes sitting between the amplifiers. Frontman Chris Martin was in energetic form and bounded across the stage as he sang the song’s “You can see the change you want to be/ When you get a head full of dreams” chorus line.
Other new songs played to the 1,400 lucky fans inside the venue, actor Simon Pegg, footballer Peter Crouch and Radio 1 DJs including Annie Mac and Clara Amfo among them, were new single ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’ and Beyoncé collaboration ‘Hymn For The Weekend’. Beyoncé was not present for the gig, nor was Noel Gallagher who provides guitar on the recorded version of set closer ‘Up&Up’.
However, the biggest cheers were reserved for older material. Chris Martin got behind his piano to play a heady version of ‘Clocks’ while lazers beamed across the church hall and bounced off the grand organ at the back of the venue. Nods to what Super Bowl fans can expect were also present during ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ when cannons fired star-shaped confetti high into the air and across the audience. ‘Mylo Xyloto’-era track ‘Charlie Brown’, meanwhile, saw a stained glass window effect beamed onto the wall behind the stage.
Having outsung Chris Martin during an emotional ‘Fix You’ to the point the singer gave up and let the audience finish the song for him, the band then recruited their audience for a final song after the Radio 1 broadcast ended to celebrate manager Dave Holmes birthday.
“Today’s an important day for us. Our manager Dave Holmes has been with us through all our big albums and the one not so good one,” Martin said. “Happy birthday Dave, you took us from Camden to crazy places.” The audience then sang Happy Birthday as Holmes was brought on stage alongside a ’50’ balloon and a cake.
‘A Head Full Of Dreams’
‘A Sky Full Of Stars’
‘Hymn For The Weekend’
‘Viva La Vida’
‘Adventure Of A Lifetime’