30 August 2012 - Olympic Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden
- 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
- Paradise (for SU2C on 7 September 2012)
- 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 Stockholm. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1980
This concert was aired live Swedish radio station P3, and made available over the internet in WAV, M4A and MP3 bootlegs on the evening of 30th August, 2012. Audio download links are available at the Coldplaying messageboard - Multimedia forum at http://coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=94864
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=91001
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=91001
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
What a night! Did you boys and girls actually experience this and survive??? Right now I'm not sure what happened tonight... parrots died, water fell and my yellow xyloband is still flashing like crazy. How was the broadcast? So many pages to read! I have some videos, no idea if they're any good, I'll upload Paradise first since it was a bit special. It was amazing! Just... I remember hearing 99 Problems... it all started... and then it was over. Got a high five from Jonny and Chris when they passed on their way from the C stage[thanks chipotle]
7th concert and it was amazing. As always. I usually stand first row on the right side but now I decided to change and stand in the middle at the very front and had a great view over the show, fantastic.
Although a little angry with the arrangment since they had 2 (!!!!!!!) toilets outside the arena. 2 toilets for thousands of people, what's up with that! Also they should learn to arrange a proper line (maybe from O2 London) with barrels from the beginning of the day! People really don't care about anything else than themselves and it's sad that it got so hysteric before letting us in, both because of the arrangment but also because of disrespectful people. Just a notice people got 'numbers' but who cares about numbers written with a black pencil, anyone could do that and come 3 in the afternoon and just jump in the line? I didn't even get the right number,. 60 numbers wrong.
But after all. I'm happy with the concert, the swedish crowd can really make some noise, it was nice with 2 (!) Paradise, Chris spontanius and cheerfull excitment... also getting Matt McGinn's autograpf signed in my Roadiebook- I was seriously shaking after talking to him since he is such an important person!! Gotta love the roadies in their cute little MX-overalls, they do THE best job in the world making all these liveapperances possible. See you in a crowd next year, now I'll have a Coldplayvacation, it's been a busy summer ! I'll post some videos later, think I got some good ones... [thanks LINNEAH]
It was such an amazing concert! Was in the queue for almost 10 hours - got great view because of it. I was standing on the right side of the "middle stage", which Chris + the others ran out on a LOT. He was like 2 meters away from me so many times! The whole concert was great, I'm still in shock/speechless about it. Everything from the way it opened with the lighting in Hurts Like Heaven and the amazing crowd, to the 2 Paradises and the final with ETIAW.
All the effects (lightning, objects, confetti, etc) were so stunning! Chris seemed to be having so much fun, it was crazy! (Did I just imagine it or has he actually said that he really likes Stockholm and Sweden?). He opened Speed of Sound by singing Born This Way which was really funny cause the crowd (including myself) actually started singing along! They played Paradise, and right after they announced that they were doing it again. First I thought they were just kidding, but then Chris started telling us about Stand Up To Cancer and that it was an american charity thing that wanted them to film for it.
(I can't remember exactly what Chris said, but it was along the lines of): "Stand Up To Cancer asked us to shoot a performance, and we asked, 'can't we do it in Sweden? We'd love to do it there, the crowd is so amazing.' And they said, 'sure, bring as many Swedes as you like'. So I have a few lines I have to say, a few TV lines for this thing."
He held a script, put it aside and started talking, but forgot what he was gonna say so he swore a lot (fucking fuck) xD. But then he said like "we're here in Sweden recording" yada yada. And then they jumped into Paradise a second time. (I saw that people were wondering about them playing it twice, but I think that they meant it to be that way? See, the first time they didn't tell us anything, nor have the "SU2C" sign, nor did Chris read a script for it.) Wow, this turned really long, I should stop. Overall, the best night of my life! Can't wait to see them again! [thanks GlowinInTheDark]
WOW, what a day! I saw Coldplay live at the Emirates in June so wasn't too fussed about not going to the Stockholm gig yesterday. But the day before the concert I start getting excited and if I am already going to be in Stockholm I might as well go. I wasn't really up for paying a lot of money for a ticket at such short notice.
I realised that the local radio station would be streaming the concert. I called and tried to get 'work experience' with them and be a type of assistant at the gig. I was on the phone with the radio producer responsible and was SOO close to getting a job at the gig. That failed though. I was determined to go though so I started searching on Twitter to see if any companies were giving away tickets. Bjorn Borg (a Swedish underwear company) tweeted this: https://twitter.com/bjornborg/status/240816437416050688
I replied and was sure I wasn't going to win. It turns out that I was the ONLY person that replied. Now I forgot one detail. I called the radio station replied to their tweet in ARGENTINA. I was flying back to Stockholm via Paris and landing in Sweden just 2.5 hours before Coldplay come on! It was just pure coincidence that I booked the flight for that day. I had no previous intention of going to the concert having already been in London various times but all the excitement on Facebook got me going.
When I got to Paris I checked my emails and realised I won. I had to quickly start ringing and emailing friends in Sweden who could pick up the tickets as I carried on my journey home. I landed in Stockholm at 18.35 and my friend went to pick up the tickets. I got to the stadium to meet my friend at 20.15. 45 MINUTES BEFORE COLDPLAY CAME ON. We hadn't really gotten tickets, we had been given 'COLDPLAY WORKING' yellow wristbands for some reason which didnt feel very official. The man walked us into the FRONT CIRCLE! I felt so bad. The people in their were like the first 400 or so people who queued. BUT It WAS AWESOME! Arriving at 20.15 and being right by the end of main catwalk thing!
The concert itself was amazing. Just a great story. I always think the most exciting thing when seeing Coldplay is the BUILD UP. If it's queueing really early and meeting fans in the queue and running in to trying to find tickets and negotiating your way in. the whole build up to the shows is so exicitng. [thanks dansmasta]
Yesterday it was finally time for AW and see Coldplay at the Stadium. What a night! When you do something with the job and you have relatively low expectations, which usually means having fun. Yesterday was no exception. The actual dinner in the office as usual, right strained at first, but still nice. The concert was clearly above expectations, perhaps because no one really knew what they could expect. I like Coldplay, and has done so since Parachutes , but is not a huge fan so. The concert was magical! We chose to stand right at the back, but looked good anyway and they did also some songs right next to us at a small extra scene in the middle of the crowd. Is sad that the phone battery ran out so I do not take short merciful when we were so close ... But the experience I have left in the heart forever! So good! Everyone got a bracelet when we came in and they started flashing in different colors when they started playing. Really cool when the whole crowd blinked in the pace of the songs. They drove both old favorites and new. A really happy girl here in other words! [thanks mammajakeline] http://mammajakeline.blogspot.co.uk/...m-stadium.html
Last night Coldplay arrived at the big Stadion in Sweden. I got Coldplay tickets for my birthday from Henrik. I have been wanting to see them for soooo long and especially with him. They were absolutely fantastic and the night was an unforgettable night. So many feeling and emotions, but yet so perfect. It really got me realizing that Henrik is by far the bestest friend I have. No one can feel and share my feelings as good as he can. He knows me inside and out. There is nothing in this world that I am afraid to say or do or be any other way, than just me, Stina Örwén with him. So whatever may happen, no matter where the world may take us; I still got to see coldplay with my soulmate, and that has been on my todo list since I was 14. (when I started listening to them.) [thanks A Swedish Fruit Salad] http://aswedishfruitsalad.blogspot.c.../coldplay.html
Coldplay yes. Equally amazing wonderful as well as the Stockholm Stadion 2009 . I will never ever get tired of this wonderful band. I love how they make you feel involved in the concert. I love the music, the feeling it gives, and all the memories that I created me to their music (including a lot of memories in Thailand / Asia). Several hours of total joy when just standing and smiling happily, swaying in time to the music and enjoy. This time, we were pretty far back because I am heavily pregnant and had crutches because of my SPD. But just like last time (2009) that moved the band back in the audience, up on a podium (temporarily for a few songs) and it turned out that we were standing right in front of the very podium, which meant that it felt like we were very at front a while. And the people around were really considerate and not pushed on me or pushed when they saw that I had crutches and stomach ♥ What a wonderful Thursday evening (even though the sky opened up the second half of the concert., It did not give a damn!) And I think they 33.ooo who was at the concert agree with me completely? [thanks SPIDER girl] http://www.spindeltjejen.se/wordpress/?p=12799
I only got back from Stockholm last night (incredible city, loved it!) so I'm very late in my response, but the gig was PHENOMENAL ! I had such a magical time, I was with the Oxfam volunteers so I thought we'd be right at the back of the stadium but venue staff let us go into the Golden Circle which was a wonderful start and very much appreciated - we weren't right at the front but we were quite close and that's always a lovely place to be! Energy of the crowd was sky-high and of the 3 concerts I've been to, I would seriously give Stockholm consideration as being my favourite! The show was, as per usual, just spectacular and the best thing was that the band seemed to be really enjoying themselves! Chris' singing was really excellent that night - I know he's usually very good but he surpassed himself! Loved the fact that they did Paradise twice as well - my favourite part of being at a live show is often the banter and Chris a) starting off SoS by singing Born This Way and b) being the adorable idiot that he is when explaining about Stand Up To Cancer half made my night! Got lots of videos (but all very shaky and blurry because I was jumping up and down so much so I won't post them!) and some photos, plus some confetti, so all in all a wonderful night. Am really enjoying looking through all the pictures - it's strange but I always end up crying with happiness after the gig when I really realise how fabulous it's been and that happened to me earlier. [thanks viva-la-coldplay]
One of the reasons that I had to be home Wednesday evening last, was that I would catch a Coldplay concert with the family. As previously described, I came home in one piece, albeit a tad upset. Robin, Janni and I hopped in the RV for transport to Långholmens RV parking where we installed ourselves with a great zeal. After a hearty dinner at Jensen at Wasa Street we went to the stadium and waited for the concert which according samfälliga statements would begin 19:00. Two utterly abysmal joints began the arrangement and my already tired brain cells was about to give up when the primary name entered the stage. Coldplay is a "big" band, and it seemed, they entertained the more than 30,000 spectators, including us, but fireworks, colors and other shenanigans besides the music of course. They played, in my opinion, too many new songs, but of course they also found time to the old beauties that everyone could sing along to if it had not been for the fact that they sang and played some of them in the wrong pace at the wrong tone, likely to innovate, but to me it seemed the opposite, but I was also tired as a warthog. All in all it was a good concert, but above all it was nice to be with family after 10 days without. The evening ended but a 6km walk back to Långholmen where we bumped into without further parliamentary generating. [thanks dyhrs] http://www.dyhrs.se/blogg/2012/09/02...y-i-stockholm/
aftonbladet: Last Tuesday, Coldplay gave concert in Copenhagen, and when Joacim Persson reviewed the band then, he awarded the concert 4 stars. And tonight Coldplay impressed Nöjesbladet's reviewer just as much.
– Coldplay is definitively very close to getting the mark 5+, he says.
”The show is so well designed, and the lighting is so nice that I had to look twice to make sure that the clouds passing cinematically in front of the moon are not a projection. Everything is possible, "said Joacim Persson in his review when he saw the British arena rockers in Copenhagen.
And he is not disappointed after tonight's concert at Stadium.
But what was the best thing tonight?
– The beginning of the concert is enormous. It is even extremely good. That and the cirkus final in "Every teardrop is a waterfall" when Coldplay turn all the buttons they have in the toy store, he says.
What could have been better?
– I have nothing against respite in concerts, but I still think that the middle part with i.a. "Up in flames” and ”Warning sign” is too lukewarm. It surprises me that Coldplay has not made that passage better when so many other things are so brilliant.
What was the greatest surprise for you?
- That immediately after ”Paradise”, Chris Martin said that they would repeat the song in order to record it for a televised cancer gala in the USA. I doubt that I / we have seen a band at this level play the same song twice. That created a clearly unique atmosphere in the audience, says Joacim Persson.
Did the audience get it?
– Sure. In particular when they realized that they and their singalong were recorded. But the atmosphere was extremely good most of the evening, sometimes a straw sharper than in Copenhagen. Despite quite a few less people in the audience.
Finally – what mark would you give Coldplay?
– 4+ tonight. Coldplay is definitively close to getting 5+ at times in this show, but unfortunately they do not keep that level during the entire concert. But even so, few makes this arena spectacle better, says Joacim Persson. 
aftonbladet: The quartet makes every song an encore. Never thought I'd use these two words in the same sentence. But Coldplay is pure primordial force.You can't defend yourself from this arena bang. The start is nothing but phenomenal.
Like a runaway circus Coldplay turn up all controls they can find behind the huge Stadion scene. Everything's happening. Fireworks salsa dancing across the ceiling, the crowd neon glittering from the Coldplay controlled wristbands they got in the entrance and the band members peeping up among all the confetti that filled the arena aldready in the second song. It's a bang. Even by stadium measures.
Now and then Coldplay's show is a monumental display of the band's live performances over the past five years. The explosions and the millimeter fit choreography that only bands with many years experience of huge stages, a stable peak shape and a bit too much money can achieve. Still the Brits don't make it all the way. When the band want to slow down halfway through at the end of the catwalk they don't lose energy only. The songs don't hit and Coldplay have to spend the same amount of time to get back on top that it took to play them. Dynamic is needed, of course. But the choice of songs hampers a really great atmosphere.
Cause when it's back, as in the finale with "Every teardrop is a waterfall", Coldplay is an irresistable visual arena force few, U2 only, can reach today. In Copenhagen on Tuesday, the band almost hit the 5+ barrier (this newspaper's grading system). And when 33 000 Swedes in 15 minutes have created the same atmosphere as over 50 000 Danes did then, I truly believe the band will score.
Coldplay have polished all their arena manners and it's not just about fireworks, confetti, balloons and other proven megalomania. The London quartet makes every song an encore. The huge round screens fillsing up almost the whole back of the stage makes the band's presence burning and some songs sounds like an oversteered g-force about to push them through the ground.
kulturbloggen: The evening's first act was the young British talent shot Charli XCX - you know she wrote Icona Pop's summer plague I Love It. Following appearances on both Hornstullstrand and Hultsfred Festival earlier this year, she played now facing its biggest ever audience Sweden. She interpreted through Echo and the Bunny Men's post punk 80's classic The Killing Moon without the weirdness. Her sometimes gothic, sometimes sleazy sugar sweet electropop may not directly involve all of the Coldplay fans who chose to come early (to be committed to the world's biggest bands is not always a rewarding task) but songs like Stay Awake and Nuclear Season is strong enough her to come away with a clear pass. During the last song You're the One, she begins tokdansa their gigantic platform shoes despite, unfortunately, does not exude Marina and the Diamonds who takes over the stage afterwards the same energy. She is just a shadow of its former self. Maybe it depends on the speaker system, but her voice is actually quite painful to listen to.
But when Coldplay well stepping on stage removes all doubt. Chris Martin is at stake mood and radiates an energy that few other front veterans are capable of when he throws himself around the stage. It had been distributed wristbands to all visitors. They all began to light up the Stockholm Stadion in different colors while Coldplay kicked off - which along with confetti, fire and laser lodged a powerful feeling.
Låtmässigt can discuss about Mylo Xyloto is the same class as their previous records but have seen the show invites Coldplay without a doubt one of the summer's best concerts. It is majestic from the first to the last moment.
Just as the euphoria from the concert start being ebb performed In My Place and the atmosphere is again on top. And if there is one word that describes Lovers in Japan, it is well just euphoria? We had certainly passed us without Rihanna-hologram of Princess of China and Paradise had hardly been necessary played twice (the second time was filmed there in charity), but it's such lågdalar you have to put up with in order to fully be able to appreciate such as Viva La Roomy, singing the allsångslåt, who even got the guards to sing along.
Possibly felt closure with Every Teardrop is a Waterfall by including Clocks and Fix You somewhat tame - not least in relation to the pompous introduction. When the lights came on again, I was not completely satisfied. Coldplay had been happy to continue to play the night out, but also the most beautiful dreams come to an end. And to see Coldplay live tonight feels just like a dream, everything is so uppvridet that I can hardly believe it's true. Coldplay have never been better live than they are right now. 
- @oxfamontour: Stockholm proudly presents @coldplay instagr.am/p/O8l9O7AkDO/
- @HermanKalla: Have been queing for two hours...only eight hours left 😄🎶 #coldplay #stockholm
- @oxfamontour: @Coldplay fans waiting in their hundreds for the show to start twitpic.com/ap63sr
- @coldplay: Wow, amazing. A "@oxfamontour @Coldplay fans waiting in their hundreds for the show to start twitpic.com/ap63sr"
- @coldplay: Times for Olympic Stadium, Stockholm tonight: 5.30pm Doors; 7pm @Charli_XCX; 7.45pm @MarinasDiamonds; 9pm Coldplay. A
- @gooberhobbit: Been queueing for 3 1/2 hours, only 7 1/2 hours until I see them!! #coldplay #Stockholm #sweden #concert #si instagr.am/p/O82UyQtd0i/
- @fs_sthlm: Soundcheck...🎶🎵🎶🎵 #coldplay #stadion #stockholm #sweden @ Stockholms Stadion instagr.am/p/O89JSEvaCL/
- @WILKIEWILKINSON: Today's venue with @coldplay in Stockholm! pic.twitter.com/vCtyRHAB
- @pingulou: Matt McGinn just signed my Roadiebook, I was the only one who noticed him... Shaking with excitment!! #coldplayfilm #coldplay @coldplay
- @HermanKalla: After 9 hours of waitin' and queing...I'm almost at the front row...WORTH IT! 😄🍻🎉🎶 #coldplay #stockholm instagr.am/p/O9TE0Mmllz/
- @estefangortiz: Ready for #coldplay concert! This is fucking unbelievable! 😂 #coldplayfilm #stockholm @ Stockholms Stadion instagr.am/p/O9TWgfK-qn/
- @swedense: #Coldplay is playing tonight in #Stockholm and the queue started forming yesterday. #Devotion #Hardship #reward
- @krillem: On our seats at the Stockholm Stadion. So far no rain. A good feeling. #coldplayfilm
- @charli_xcx: STOCKHOLM - you were incredible tonight (as always)!! Enjoy @MarinasDiamonds and @coldplay XXX
- @coldplay: Stockholm, you were a joy PH
- @mangeliiito: @coldplay today you were beyond magical! thank you sooo much for the best day of my life! <3 #stadion #forever
- @juliafagerlund: Best day of my life!! I can officially die happy! #coldplay #sweden #stockholm #music #love instagr.am/p/O94kWjoSx8/
- @dthunberg88: Thanks for a awesome show @coldplay #coldplay #Stockholm pic.twitter.com/NsxrCdEC
- @jkmmgrt: Thank you @coldplay for the awesome performance here in Stockholm, Sweden. I hope we'll see you guys again soon!
- @manueltimane: Thank you #Coldplay for an amazing experience #Stadion #Viva la vida pic.twitter.com/4SV1TEv9
- @nnellyyy: This was the best night of my life, magical! Thank you coldplay, you're by far the best band / #big #love #coldplay #stockholm #stadio
- @MrGustafsson : Three meters between me and @coldplay !!!! #coldplay#stockholm pic.twitter.com/xZUNMxay
- @Albinobjornen: @coldplay is awesome. Thanks for an amazing evening! #stadion #stockholm #sweden #coldplay #concert #mx
- @kioskvaeltarn: Probably the best concert I ever will experience! #coldplay #coldplayfilm
- @Heredia_Jara92: TODAY I WAS AT THE #COLDPLAY CONCERT IN STOCKHOLM, AND IT WAS THE MOST INCREDIBLE SHOW EVER!!!! @COLDPLAY
- @PyretHenning91: How cool was @coldplay in Stockholm!!!! And the bracelets!! It was the best consert in a long time!! Thank you so much!!
- @coldplay: Here's Will, just before taking the stage at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium last night. On your marks, get set.... A pic.twitter.com/kz4OWMiW
- @coldplay: Here's #42's pre-show crowd panorama from a great night in Stockholm (hi-res version at cldp.ly/stckhlmpano) A pic.twitter.com/EHA1ytf9