2 July 2011: Rock Werchter, Belgium
- Intro (Back To The Future theme tune)
- Hurts Like Heaven
- In My Place
- Major Minus
- The Scientist
- Violet Hill
- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
- Everything's Not Lost
- Us Against The World
- Viva la Vida
- Charlie Brown
- Life Is For Living
- Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for Rock Werchter, Belgium . http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/
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=74079
This concert was streamed live over the internet on 2nd July, 2011. Audio and video download links are available at the Coldplaying messageboard - Multimedia forum.
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=74079
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Coldplay was awesome as always. We waited for almost 5 hours to see them and and had to survive the terrible sounds of PJ Harvey and Portishead (which idiot scheduled those two hippy bands on the Mainstage before Coldplay? My god, what a fail) but it was all worth it. Was so happy to finally witness them playing Shiver and Everything's Not Lost live. And it's true, ETIAW is live like the new Viva La Vida. I'm still speechless because it was that good.
Only just woke up a few hours ago. I freaking loved it. I was front row, left side of the stage all the way to the right, so almost the center of the stage. Waited all day and it was totally worth the wait if you ask me. they blew everyone away from beginning to finish. They were having loads of fun and the crowd loved it as well. Festival shows are soooo much different from their regular arena shows. More energetic, less routine. It was a lot of fun.
just came back from Werchter!! oooh, i'm so in love with Charlie Brown!! Seen it live for the 2nd time now. Just amazing!! And of course Major Minus and Shiver have been great as well!!
Back from Werchter, a long trip and a long wait all day long since 12 but it was really worth it! Thanks everyone for your reports, I also saw Chris watch PJ Harvey even if I was not sure it was him since he had his hair covered...I agree with you guys about PJ Harvey and Portishead, I respect these artists a lot, their music is really good but not for that kind of festival, I must admit that I got bored and that Bruno Mars was much more entertaining! It was a really great Coldplay show: Chris's voice and energy were top, the lights effect magical, I was close to the stage (first left square against the central fence , god bless this fence ) so I didn't see the fireworks, did you? There were no technical problems like tonight in Arras on In My Place, it was really perfect! My best moments: Shiver, first time I saw it live, God Put A Smile....'s new version is just amazing and gave me goosebumps, Charlie Brown is definitely my favourite new song, Fix You is still an emotional time for me,during the song I thought Chris was about to jump in the middle like he did two years ago but he stopped when he saw that this time there were a lot of people (VIPs?) in that part, shame... Oh and I had a big laugh as the security guy standing in front of me was struggling not to fall asleep and Chris was singing the Fix You part "when you feel so tired but you can't sleep" , so funny! Can't wait to see them again!
Back from two days Werchter, and I oddly feel like I have to give a review of the Coldplay show that nobody will read.
It was great, but since it's Coldplay and we're used to nothing less, I'm going to be a bit severe.
This was the second time I saw the band, also the second gig at Werchter after the one in 2009. Coldplay only compares to Coldplay, so a comparison between the two concerts is inevitably made. I can't help thinking that they were better this time. Why would this be the case? Because Chris finally had a haircut? Possibly. Because I can't remember too much about their previous Werchter gig and because I was even closer to the stage this time (10th row)? Probably. Because they played their songs in a more concentrated, mature way? Definitely. Two years ago they gave us an incredible show with Chris jumping around and exploring every corner of the Werchter meadow, a show including acoustic intermezzos and fuckloads of confetti. Unfortunately this meant that the quality of the music, although I didn't realise at the moment, was lacking. This seemed to be caused by Chris' carelessness, I may be wrong. Now they're back the way I like it most, playing the songs like they mean it. Confettis, light effects and lasers added a bunch (way too much actually) to the show, but everything was centered around the music. Politik is a good example to show the difference between this Coldplay and the one of the Viva era: not as good as in the Live 2003 DVD, but at least capable of inducing goosebumps.
I wish I hadn't watched the previous shows of this tour too much. I knew what was coming and it all felt oddly familiar and they didn't blow me away like they did in 2009 when I wasn't too prepared. Nevertheless, it was evidently (one of) the absolute top gig(s) of the festival and a perfect festival closer for me.
The greatest moment for me was Shiver. Performed brilliantly, and I sang along from beginning to end. I hope my weak singing skills didn't disturb anyone. The Scientist was an amazing singalong experience, but it wasn't nearly as unforgettable as it was two years ago, when it was in the encore. Although one of the best songs in the set, I also expected more from Everything's Not Lost, possibly because the rest of the crowd wasn't too much into it, compared to Viva La Vida for example. The latter, along with Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, seemed an unavoidable cause for a cheap festival party, although the show would've been great even without those. Out of all the new songs, even though I like Major Minus most, this time I was more impressed by Charlie Brown. It was loud, it was awesome, it rocked.
My opinion: *** (out of 5, Coldplay scale, the standards are ridiculously high. Five stars would be Live 2003 and/or Glastonbury 2002)
Meanwhile, the band and their show is being torn apart by Belgian media. I can even understand their point at some level: maybe too arty-farty, and 1,2 million euros is a price so high that it makes their fair trade activism almost seem like Bono-esque hypocracy. That being said, I still love most of what Coldplay do and the media are there to break down everything that is too popular anyway.
It was amazing ! I really liked the setlist, although I really hoped that they were going to play PoC but it was still incredible ! I stood at the front and all those lights, people... goosebumps ! The crowd was amazing too. Charlie Brown was more powerful then ever ! You could see that Chris Martin enjoyed it too. A lot of energy.
But during the performance of Portishead (they were on stage just before Coldplay) some people already started to sing Viva La Vida. You may always sing Viva La Vida (because it's definitely a really nice festival song!) but not during a performance of someone else. I Like Portishead but RW shouldn't put them just before Coldplay on the Main Stage. Elbow would have been much better(my opinion).
But all this left behind it was still a nice performance, like always. Chris Martin also tried to say some words in Dutch like: goedendag (good day)
Chris Martin also made a joke that the next song ( UATW) is specially for all the Iron Maiden fans
So last night I saw my favourite band for the second time in three weeks (I know, lucky...) and it was way better than the one at Pinkpop. It was now dark when they started, so the light show was amazing. And the crowd was a thousand times better, just awesome. Everyone was so loud and even the new songs were sang along word for word. I was in the right front section as well and it was completely packed. Or in Chris' words, we were fucking squashed. The sound was much better as well. Great that they're playing so many from Parachutes. I do miss Cemeteries though, man I love that song.
Basically hey did a fantastic show, great singalongs, lots of dancing. Chris wasn't the only one sweating this time But personally, just like Tryptophan, I wasn't overwhelmed like I have been in the past. I was surprised when The Scientist somehow didn't make me cry like it usually does. Don't know what happened there. Next time I'm not gonna watch any of their shows before I see them live. Or at least I'll try... Still I loved Clocks, Hurts Like Heaven, Yellow, Shiver, Violet Hill, Politik (including minor funny screw up)... oh fuck I loved everything. But next time I will love everything more.
Nice that they bowed and took their (huge) applause at the end, did they start doing that at Glasto? Because at Pinkpop it was ETIAW drum solo and boom, gone. Felt a a little shitty.
Elbow kind of blew me away a few hours before. Guy Garvey is so charming and the reverse Mexican wave made me tear up. I also quite enjoyed PJ Harvey, especially the second half of her set. We saw Chris watching her from the left side of the stage. Touching to see huge artists showing their respect to each other.
And poor Portishead, I felt really bad for them. It was just so crowded and we weren't allowed to sit down, so it was just another band we had to get through before finally seeing Coldplay. I'm sure I would have loved them at any other moment.
That's it I guess. Looking forward to the other reviews!