28 August 2012 - Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Mylo Xyloto
- Hurts Like Heaven
- In My Place
- Major Minus
- Lovers In Japan
- The Scientist
- Violet Hill
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
- Princess Of China
- Up In Flames
- Warning Sign
- Don't Let It Break Your Heart
- Viva La Vida
- Charlie Brown
- Us Against The World
- Speed Of Sound
- Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Copenhagen. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1979
This concert was aired live Danish radio station P3, and made available over the internet as MP3 & FLAC bootlegs on the evening of 28th August, 2012. Audio download links are available at the Coldplaying messageboard - Multimedia forum at http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94832
Videos from this show can be found in the first post of the Coldplaying forum live thread for this show at http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91000
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91000
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
I had the best night of my life. That was so fuckking awesome. Miss it already. They truley are the best live band ever. [thanks filiprasmusson]
I have just returned from the concert - wow. It was all very impressive - the show with the wristbands - the lights and the audience. I was so impressed with my countrymen when they sang the "oohs" of Viva la Vida - the "oohs" were so loud. And the audience was also singing along to the Scientist, Fix You and Paradise. I am sure that the guys were impressed. The highlight for me was Viva la Vida. While I write this, Princess of China is played on VH1, Denmark. [thanks nancyk58]
Whoa! My third Coldplay concert, and it couldn't be better! I try, but I cannot imagine another band being better live than Coldplay. "All I can promise you is that we're gonna play the best fucking concert, we played in our lives," said Chris in the start, and he didn't let us down. Indeed, he did not. It kicks off with Back to the future, before Mylo Xyloto and Hurts Like Heaven takes us straight to heaven. Chris is dancing, you can literally smell the fireworks, and it is simply fantastic. Continues with In My Place, and the butterflies. There must be millions of them, if not billions. It's pure magic already. And it gets better.
Major Minus is electric, and the butterflies comes again with Lovers In Japan. I think LiJ sound better on the Viva la Vida Tour, but I might be wrong. I'm open for debating. Everyone sing along to The Scientist ("I don't want you to stop singing", says Chris, and we continue singing), and then comes Yellow - with an amazing acoustic beginning. It actually sounds a bit like Swallowed in the Sea in the start, before Chris sings the first verse in a low key. We love it, everybody love it. Violet Hill might be the best song ever written, and it's even better live. This is awesomeness. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face isn't changed since last tour, and I'm grateful - 'cause the new intro is so good. On Princess of China they are joined by Rihanna on the screen, and if I should critizise anything, this might be it. Let Coldplay do the job, god damnit. Let Chris sing.
I would prefer they did an old classic instead of Up In Flames, but it's a nice song though. And they DO an old classic with Warning Sign, which is lovely live. A Hopeful Transmission is turned into Don't Let It Break Your Heart, which is a live favourite. And then it's Viva la Vida time. Will I ever get tired of that song? I don't think so, and 50.000 danes will agreed with me. It's party, and it's even more party with Charlie Brown, my favourite for tonight. Chris is lying on the floor now, completely exhausted, but he gets up again, and steal a key and takes a car et cetera. Whoa. Everything explodes. Paradise follows, as good as ever.
The boys say thanks, and disappear. Returns in the back of the stadium, doing Us Against the World and Speed of Sound acoustic. I love it, especially SoS. Will gets a pleasant round of applauce for his vocals on UATW, and then they come back to the main stage. Clocks reigns, Fix You explodes, and then it's teardrop time. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. Oh God. I don't want it to quit. No surprises in the set list, as you can see. What I missed? Spies would be fantastic. Everything's Not Lost as well. And I would give anything to hear Don Quixote aka Spanish Rain live. But I know it's too much to ask for. [thanks wilfu]
I have a recording from soundcheck while they played 42!!! Only sound though. We sat inside (well not really inside the arena) trying to listen to Rachel from Oxfam while we heard (and could see parts of the stage) the soundcheck, not easy to listen carefully while Chris began to sing, not only songs from the setlist but also as I said 42 and Gotye's Somebody that I used to know, also a song I'm desperate trying to find but it's not easy... And Chris did also play some random songs on piano, it was brilliant and so cool knowing if I was crazy and stupid enough I could just run in haha no securitys! ;p [thanks LINNEAH]
Yesterday was probably one of the best days of my life!! They played at Parken, which is Denmark's National Football Court. At the entrance we all got a bracelet in different colors, during the show all the bracelets lightened up, and the entire court was in ecstasy of lightning and joy of Coldplay! During the concert, which took about 98 minutes, Chris Martin and the band took us through their universe! And I Can't say anything else but that I loved it, if they play in Copenhagen again, I would be pleased to buy another ticket! [thanks thejizzlejazz] http://thejizzlejazz.blogspot.co.uk/...openhagen.html
Went to the most amazing Coldplay concert in Parken last Tuesday. They're on tour with their most recent album, "Mylo Xyloto", and these favorite Brits of mine were gracious enough to visit Denmark for a concert that, well, blew my mind. First of all, everyone was given a little bracelet, that lit up during the concert. In effect, it was as if 50 thousand small, colored stars were specked around the audience, shining in blue, pink, yellow, white and green. It was like standing in a colored galaxy; Coldplay's galaxy. On my tour of planet Mylo Xyloto, I stood very close to the stage; our space was amazing, the crowd was wild, and Chris Martin stood only a meter from me at times! And when songs like "Hurts like Heaven", "Paradise" and "Clocks" were played, everyone danced, jumped and sang along like they had only listened to Coldplay all their lives. The show was amazing; the blazing lights, the on-stage canvases that displayed videos of the band, the audience and colored animations, confetti fired all over the crowd, and best of all, the amazing performance of the band. To put it mildly, I wasn't disappointed. And when "Us Against the World" and "Viva la Vida" were played, I couldn't help but feel a little teary. It was worth every penny, every minute of waiting (5 hours) and listening to the horrible warm-up bands (Marina and the Diamonds can not sing a proper, in-pitch falsetto for half an hour!), every agony in my tired legs, every jump, scream and loud singing that wrecked my voice. Oh, Coldplay. Come again soon! [thanks Caroline Roseberry] http://iamroseberry.blogspot.co.uk/2.../coldplay.html
Ekstra Bladet (translated): Reviewers agree: Coldplay won the hearts of the crowd at Parken Stadium. In front of 50,000 screaming fans Coldplay delivered at Parken Stadium Tuesday night.
That is the opinion of the reviewers from Denmark's two largest tabloid newspapers - Ekstra Bladet and BT.
- Coldplay. A massive attack like tonight's on all the senses is rarely seen at Parken Stadium. Tonight, was a Coldplay in a blazing hot flush according to BT’s Jan Eriksen.
Even the weather was convinced, as it greeted the end of the concert at 23.20 (11:20 pm local time / central European time).
The moon shone down from an almost cloudless night sky. As if to say 'Viva la Coldplay', he adds. He awards the Coldplay concert 5 out of 6 stars.
Even Ekstra Bladet's reviewer, Thomas Treo, praised the British poprock band, even though in his eyes the sound at Parken Stadium reduced the overall impression / experience of the concert somewhat.
- The frontman and the other Coldplay members have grown up in the superleague of showbusiness, and as something as rare as a likeable pop star Chris Martin sweated, twitched and paced back and forth so that it was more contagious than glandular fever at a fresher's trip. So Treo wrote.
He is less generous with the stars - 4 stars for the quartet from England.
- You got the feeling that Chris Martin's positive energy alone could light up the night sky over Copenhagen, and even the moon was watching as the clock passed 23 pm local time (= central European time). If ParkenStadium had been covered by the roof, it would probably have blown off during ’Viva la Vida’. The same number of stars is awarded by Berlingske's Jeppe Krogsgaard Christensen, but with reservations.
- Neither the energetic band nor the powerful extraction / range of special effects - of Olympic opening ceremony quality - could keep away / leverage the feeling of idleness. There were times when the template mark of the songs appeared too predictable against the roaring concrete backdrop - so Berlingske Tidende's reviewer writes. 
Berlingske (translated): There are so many possibilities, so many offers, so many different paths to choose. More choice means less connection, and a sense of community is now becoming distant. Especially in the world of music, where the supply of bands and songs in 2012 is so large that we can no longer assume similarity with our neighbours.
However, there are still bands that continue to grow in spite of this, who manage to gather millions of fans to concentrate on their choruses and melodies. This allows for a global music community. One such band, is British band Coldplay, who on Tuesday evening stood on the Parken Stadium stage with a burstingly rich back catalogue of songs; including sing-along-friendly rock songs and ballads. To accompany these songs, they also had a spectacular stage show, which exploded into life during the very first song 'Hurts Like Heaven', where rockets hissed against the darkening sky, and lasers cut their way across the stage and over the heads of the ecstatic 50,000 fans.
And if that wasn't enough, bracelets of blue, white and green were allocated to each guest at the entrance doors. This made for an unbelievably beautiful sight with the moon paling over the park. The intro to 'In My Place' made for a larger than life moment, where the audience was inspired to sing along under falling confetti.
"We are going to play the best fucking concert of our lives!" said Chris Martin, dripping with sweat after pacing back and forth in the sprawling, spotlight-bathed scene. He kept focus with his trademark dramatic poses and distinctive, slightly nasal voice as he effortlessly led the Park through 'Yellow', 'Fix You' and especially 'Clocks', the song that defines the best of the band's potential. It opens with an infectious riff, complemented with Chris Martin's vocals as the rest of the quartet fall into place and pull the song towards a roaring and intoxicating chorus. 'Clocks' was one of the main highlights, where Martin's piano and Buckland's bright guitar lines guided the audience into the realm of escape.
'Paradise' and 'Viva La Vida' - similar songs in terms of composition- allowed for other great moments, that rose high above the Park and was aided by the spectacular stage show with puffy hearts, colorful balloons, and other tricks of trade under 'The Great Concert Guide'. Neither the energetic band nor the powerful extraction - of Olympic opening ceremony quality - could leverage the feeling of idleness. There were times when the set list appeared too predictable against the roaring concrete backdrop. But in other instances, boredom was kept at bay for example when 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' closed the main set the fan's were all singing along with a combined voice. The sense of community that Coldplay provides, is a rare occurrence in these times. And even more rare in the morning. 
MetroXpress (translated): There were too many visual effects, and these threatened to steal the limelight from Coldplay, but luckily the music won Live review **** When shortly after the millennium an untested quartet from London suddenly took possession of the charts, then – according to lead singer Chris Martin – it happened with a gnawing fear of people finding out that Coldplay were not particularly good musicians. After 12 successful years on the pop music throne, the frontman’s initial paranoia has been forgotten by most people, but during the concert Tuesday night you might wonder whether the self-doubt still haunts the 35-year-old Englishman. At any rate, at times the visual expression overshadowed the music that brought them to the top initially. Probably the fireworks, the confetti, the balloons, the audience’s neon-bracelets, the lasers and the multi-coloured backdrop were devised as a means to a total experience of a concert, but instead the visual ideas took away the focus from the music, when the audience should hit (out) floating beach balls or take iPhone pictures of the fireworks at the top of the roof of the Parken Stadium. Luckily – and that word is to be stressed – Coldplay returned to the musical virtues with a perfect variety of songs that are easy to sing along to including “the Scientist”, “Violet Hill” and a surprising punkrock-like climax with “God put a smile upon your face”. It was a crowd-pleaser. And Chris Martin underlined over and over again that he possesses an endless energy, a likeable awkwardness and some ever-dangling arms that are so long that they can embrace 50,000 enthusiastic people simultaneously. The music took over 100% at the end of the concert when the no longer so untested quartet played an intimate version of “Speed of Sound” before the new classic “Fix You” and the escalating “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” constituted 2 colourful goodbye kisses. “A similar massive attack on all senses is rarely seen at Parken Stadium. Tonight was a Coldplay in a blazing hot flush”.
BT’s reviewer Jan Eriksen who awards the concert 5 stars / ***** “The frontman has grown up in the superleague of showbusiness, and as something as rare as a likeable popstar Chris Martin sweated, twitched and paced back and forth on the stage so that it was more contagious than glandular fever at a fresher’s trip.”
Ekstra-Bladet’s reviewer Thomas Treo who awards the concert 4 stars / **** “Neither the energetic band nor the powerful extraction – of Olympic opening ceremony quality – could keep away / leverage the feeling of idleness.” Berlingske Tidende’s reviewer Jeppe Krogsgaard Christensen who awards the concert 4 stars / **** “It appeared horribly symptomatic to see Chris Martin disappear completely in the ridiculous amounts of confetti that poured down over him and the audience”. Politiken’s reviewer Pernille Jensen who awards the concert 3 hearts.
By Lasse Skytt / Soundvenue
- @charli_xcx: Heading to EUROPE! Back on tour with @coldplay. First stop Copenhagen. YESSIRRRRR!
- @coldplay: Back in the great (read: wet) outdoors. R42. pic.twitter.com/pvaRm3jI
- @oxfamontour: Coldplay calm before the music storm instagr.am/p/O3uaZtgkEA/
- @oxfamontour: Are you ready for @coldplay #cph? instagr.am/p/O3ufVfAkED/
- @julielund: Listening to Coldplay´s sound check for tonights concert in Copenhagen... ♫
- @coldplay: Times for Parken Stadium, Copenhagen tonight: 6pm Doors; 7.30pm @Charli_XCX; 8.15pm @MarinasDiamonds; 9.30pm Coldplay. A
- @MsChrisLee: So friggin' excited for @coldplay in Parken Stadium tonight! It's gonna be so good!
- @Sanbaby: WTF!!! The Security at Parken totally fucked up Opening the wrong doors I was first at the doors and Im not even front row for @coldplay :-(
- @aarhusdenmark: Charlixcx is great, and the Sound is good at the parken. Cant wait for coldplay
- @oxfamontour: 50,000 @coldplay fans doing a mexican wave around the Parken Stadium. Now that's Danish style!
- @oxfamontour: The moonlight provide a mirroring spotlight for the stadium as the lights do on @coldplay instagr.am/p/O4vpCLgkH3/
- @ramadan_ib: Coldplay concert with 49.999 others at Parken - Copenhagen. pic.twitter.com/7dMDV9pg
- @coldplay: Copenhagen, you were beautiful PH
- @BrammingJesper: Coldplay in Cooenhagen Parken - what a night! pic.twitter.com/CWLUIvCr
- @christine2807: Thank you #Coldplay you rocked my Night In copenhagen .. pic.twitter.com/Pd1BVotz
- @maloukra: Incredible @coldplay show tonight in Parken. Great tunes great sound . And an absolutely stunning show, and it was beautiful.
- @xxxkatharina: 50.000 #coldplay #fans in #copenhagen #wow #amazing #best #night #ever instagr.am/p/O41GwdCWLP/
- @graphicaffair: The most amazing lightshow I've ever seen at a Concert - #Coldplay #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/v9ckxipj
- @CPHGoodFood: Amazing concert in Parken tonight! Big thanks @Coldplay, you guys rocked Copenhagen!
- @SandraDogg: Thank you Coldplay for an AMAZING concert! @ Parken instagr.am/p/O5AieRtW4Y/
- @tancaravan: That was the best ever experience of my life! Thank you @coldplay for just being you and nobody else! #coldplayfilm pic.twitter.com/EcCxs00Q
- @GuidoKarp: Coldplay Copenhagen was a blast.
- @Nesgaa: Lazers, balloons, confetti, fluorescence, lit up wrist bands AND fireworks all at the same damn time #coldplayfilm
- @Miholm: @coldplay Thank you for an unforgettable evening in Parken. Beautiful show, fantastic music
- @coldplay: Here's Roadie #42's crowd panorama shot from Copenhagen last night. Get the hi-res version at cldp.ly/cpnhgnpano. A pic.twitter.com/YrbmlrJk
- @coldplay: Some great photos from last night's Copenhagen show at bt.dk/musik/se-billederne-coldplay-spillede-for-50.000-beautiful-danes… A