9 June 2012: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
- 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
- Songbird / Fix You
- Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
Photos from this show can be found at Coldplaying.com in the Gallery thread for the Etihad Stadium. http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/gallery/showgallery.php/cat/1905
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=90355
All post-show discussion for this show at the forum thread http://www.coldplaying.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90355
All fan reviews have been submitted to us by the members of Coldplaying.com, unless stated otherwise.
Last night was incredible...the second time I've seen Coldplay and actually the best! And I didn't think I'd be saying that... Got some photos, the best are those during Up In Flames/Warning Sign because I was right on the barrier of the X Stage! The best part for me was during Viva La Vida...Chris came right to the edge of the X Stage and saw my stupid grinning face...he copied it, then I pulled a shocked face and he copied that! It was basically a 5-second funny face competition between us both during VLV! I'll try and get some pictures up for you all soon! [thanks JakeAReynolds]
What a night - this was my tenth Coldplay show and definitely one of my favourites. The last time I saw them was last summer at T, I couldn't get tix for the winter shows and almost didn't make it to this one - finally managed to get tickets a few weeks ago when the very last ones went on sale. That meant I was sitting right at the back, and I was going with a colleague from work who was only a passing fan, so I guess I went in with low expectations - I've been at the back of stadium gigs before and the atmosphere has been a bit flat. No such problems last night! First of all, I think Robyn did a great job as warm up act - brave girl to do a Coldplay cover for that crowd. I was at the back in the seats, but a lot of people at the back in the standing area were having a really good dance to her stuff - it was clear they'd come to have a good time. The weather was quite warm and it managed to stay dry so that raised people's spirits too. I've been a ban fan of late. Work has been crazy and I just don't have time to get on here, or check out coldplay.com so much. As a result, I didn't know what setlist to expect and I think that was a good thing. Also, being right at the back meant I saw all the fireworks, confetti and such - this was a phenomenal visual experience, it's just mind blowing how much work they've put in to the look, and I loved every bit of it. Hurts Like Heaven got things of to a good start, but the place errupted when In My Place began - everyone in our section got up to dance and sing and never really stopped after that. They sang with gusto all night (although curiously, a lot of them chose to take their toilet break during Violet Hill - CRAZY!) Chris was clearly in a great mood - he made several references to Manchester being the "city of music" throughout the night and talked about The Stone Roses reforming. He sang a burst of Songbird before Fix You. He laughed throughout the show and before Yellow he said "I'm singing this for my wife, and you can sing it for whoever you love". He seemed really relaxed and happy throughout. As always, VLV was a special moment and the crowd kept the chant going as the band made their way to the C stage. Will sounded great on the C stage - I don't think they had his microphone up loud enough on the main stage. It's always hard to pick a highlight - I just end up listing 10 songs. In My Place is my all-time fave Coldplay song, so it will always be a live highlight - and there was lots of Chris & Jonny love on the ramp during it It was fantastic to hear Lovers in Japan live again, and I was so happy to hear Warning Sign again. The crowd went nuts during Paradise - I know it's not a fave with a lot of longterm CP fans, but last night it got one of the best reactions. The Xylobands were flashing like crazy then and I have to say, when they were working, it didn't feel like I was in a stadium with 50,000 people, it somehow made it feel much smaller and intimate. My other highlight was ETIAW - again, apologies to those who don't like it, but it's one of my faves from Mylo Xyloto and a brilliant end to the show. I danced my ass off and it was a brilliant end to a fabulous evening. My colleague is now a Coldplay convert and even the hassle we had trying to get out of Manchester (never known traffic like it) couldn't dampen our spirits. Love, love, LOVED IT! [thanks RedGirl76]
Second time seeing Coldplay yesterday (the other being at the MEN last December) and thought they were brilliant! Especially loved HLH and Speed of Sound. Was abit concerned they'd be tired from the Wembley show, but these fears were put to rest. They performed so well, but at the end of it I felt slightly disappointed. Got there and they'd run out of wristbands, and being with 50,000 people overwhelmed me quite alot (I've never been in a stadium before). We got there around quarter to 8 (I wanted to leave MUCH earlier but my friend said there was no point, so angry with him), so our place in standing wasn't great. We were quite near the front at the MEN so I should've known it wouldn't have been the same. The fact there was no roof and it's good and bad points, the fireworks and lasers looked great and were really spectacular, but the wristbands just looked rather futile. At the end of it, I thought the band were at the top of their game, thoroughly enjoyed their performances and energy, but the fact they'd run out of wristbands was nonetheless unfortunate (not to mention there were still hundreds, if not thousands, of people still left to go in through GA). If I were to give it a score out of 10 I'd probably give a 7, which is painful for me to say, as their MEN show was for me one of the best nights of my life. Really upset that I feel this way, but I've got to emphasize all my "quibbles" had nothing to do with how the band performed (they were AMAZING), my expectations were way too high. [thanks thomasw93]
We got the tram into town. It was overcast and cloudy but no rain. As we got to the Stadium the heavens opened and we huddled under our brolly for a bit. The GA tickets could go in at any GA entrance in the Stadium so we had a wander round outside first. When it started raining for the second time we'd just reached the outdoor bars, so went in there for a drink and to huddle under the little bit of shelter. When we saw the lines start moving at 5pm, we went and joined the back of one. Took a little while to make our way through and then we were in. We'd picked Guy's side, not that we knew that from outside. We found aisle seats about 2/3 of the way up the lower tier. We then spent the next 2 hours putting the brolly up and down. Manchester was doing it's best showers just in case anyone got the wrong idea and thought it's reputation for rain was unjustified! It was cold too Even with the onboard central heating and 4 layers, I was cold. So ended up drinking decaf coffee and watery hot chocolate in a bid to keep warm. On the plus side, the Giant Chocolate Buttons were cheaper than they are in the Co-Op. Our seats weren't bad. We were level with the side ramps, and could see backstage quite well. I love watching the Roadies and the comings & goings whilst waiting for the band to come on. The pyrotechnic guy made me laugh on Saturday. City's security obviously didn't know what was coming and had let people stand too far along the barriers. He came out to speak to one of them and then the supervisor came out and they had a long chat. The pyro guy was quite animated but the supervisor obviously didn't take on board what he was saying. About 20 mins later, the pyro guy came back saw the crowd had hardly moved and looked to be kicking off! When he came back again, he was obviously pleased with the result as he gave security a big thumbs up. 99 Problems eventually arrived. I don't remember that song being that long, it seemed to go on for ever! Back to the Future kicked in and we were off! Loving the fireworks! there were loads MX is still a great intro as it builds into HLH. When I'm listening in the car it gives me that feeling of joyful anticipation and live it's just 100 times more powerful. I don't know why but when I'm at the show, I can never remember the setlist, so every song was "oooh, what's next?". I thought I'd miss Politik but didn't notice it's absence at all. Not sure what it was, but the Xylobands seemed a lot brighter than they did at the Arena in December. Ian got a duff one this time around. My red one worked fine Where we were sat, Guy came down the ramp once that I saw, Chris came down that way a few times. The last time he was on our ramp, I nearly didn't see him, he was hidden in the clouds of smoke from the ETIAW fireworks. The crowd were really great. The block we were on were up & dancing from 99 problems. The singalongs were really loud. Getting home was a bit manic. 30 min walk from the stadium to town. Then we struggled to get on a tram. I still can't believe that nobody at Metrolink/GMPTE envisaged the chaos and thought to lay extra late night public transport on. What with Coldplay, Westlife, and the ParkLife festival traffic and the usual saturday night revellers it was packed. Eventually got home about 1am. [thanks Jenjie]
what an incredible concert last night, they certainly know how to put on a show, highlights were definitely; Fix You, Charlie Brown, and Yellow, but Every teardrop is a Waterfall was amazing too. [thanks mtonge]
What a day yesterday! Afternoon began by being scammed by a car park that didn't exist, but was worth the hassle in the end.First Coldplay show hopefully won't be my last! Looked brilliant, sounded brilliant & the xyloband looked beautiful all lit up! [thanks aprilshack]
I was at the front barrier near the stage, but the stage was so high up from the ground that I didn't have as good a view as I expected. Chris did look and nod at me during ETIAW on his way past which was nice; he was doing similar things to others nearby as he walked past. Good performance overall, but they were late on and I wonder whether they had to cut a couple of tracks due to the 11pm curfew. It was really nice to hear Lovers in Japan and Speed of Sound. I feel like after this MX era, Coldplay should ease off on some of the effects such as the inflatable balls, the wristbands, and limit the ticker tape to just one song. Hopefully the colour palate will be less gaudy too. [thanks LARD]
This was my first time at a Coldplay concert and my experience was mixed..........I thought the band put on a great show and we loved the wristbands, fireworks, balloons etc as well as the actual songs being performed. BUT I felt kind of uneasy in the stadium...me and my friend were relatively at the back on the pitch as she doesn't like to feel hemmed in and there was space around us there. But as such, we felt a little removed from the action and people were busy milling past and talking and generally being a distraction from the show. Also, 2 fights kicked off near to us between some young chavvy lads which put a slight dampner on things as there were a LOT of people off their faces on drink and drugs there acting like idiots! I wonder whether some people there were actually fans or just out for the hell of it. Maybe we just picked the wrong spot!!! We left just after 11pm and it took 2 solid hours to reach the M602 - chronic traffic possibly not helped by the fact Westlife were on at the MEN last night. I'd love to see Coldplay again but would prefer to be seated rather than standing. [thanks Abi1977]
Another fantastic show. We were sat next to the stage had great view and lovely people around us apart from four people who came late very drunk and were up down all night to the bar. Just glad they were not on same row as they had to be evicted by security men towards the end. Anyway that did not spoil my night. Just gutted I am not going tonight. [thanks tilly-uk]
Manchester Evening News: Just in case you were wondering about the fireworks, screams, and 50,000 voices ringing out from the Etihad Stadium at the weekend – Coldplay were in town.
The hugely successful British band, made up of lead singer Chris Martin, guitarist Guy Berryman, bassist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion were at Man City’s ground as part of their Mylo Xylo UK stadium tour, promoting their latest album.
The pressure was on after tickets sold out within 90 minutes of release and a second date was added to the Manchester leg. But the guys, who have racked up an impressive back catalogue of hits, delivered the goods with a hugely colourful and entertaining concert.
Not only did they give an amazingly energetic performance of hits such as The Scientist, Violet Hill and Paradise, but the crowd was constantly entertained with fireworks, confetti cannons and 50 enormous air-filled balloons fired into the crowd.
Perhaps the most impressive sight was the array of multicoloured wrist bands issued to each audience member and flashed in time with the music. The bands came in pink, green, red, orange, blue and white, and were radio controlled to flash upon the band’s command. A truly awesome spectacle was when Chris Martin casually ordered: “Put your hands in the air – watch this,” before lying back to enjoy 50,000 multicoloured stars light up the darkened arena. It was the perfect way to make each and every member of the audience feel part of something amazing.
Support acts Charli XCX and Robyn warmed up the excited crowd early in the Saturday evening before the band appeared on stage to give a rapturous opening performance of Mylo Xyloto and Hurts Like Heaven. The most impressive songs were those accompanied by the pyrotechnics and flashing bands, such as God Put a Smile on Your Face, Charlie Brown and Paradise. But Chris Martin also did a fine job when he took to the middle of the arena to perform Up In Flames and Warning Sign on his own.
Another special moment was when members gathered one by one on a tiny stage at the back of the stadium to perform Speed of Sound. The night ended with the band back on the main stage for a firework spectacular and rousing performances of Clocks, Fix You, and Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. 
Mancunian Matters: Coldplay raised the bar and raised the roof at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday night. In a stunning assault on the senses, the world-famous foursome did not disappoint with a performance which will live long in the memory of those lucky enough to witness it.
The tone was set from the moment spectators entered the stadium with each privileged punter given an official Mylo Xyloto wristband, the purpose of which was spectacularly revealed during the show. Each wristband, worn by the 55,000 crowd, lit up automatically on Chris Martin’s command bathing the arena in an early-evening neon glow.
The band entered to a breathtaking display of fireworks and set the benchmark belting out a pitch-perfect version of Mylo’s opening track Hurts Like Heaven. They followed with the ‘Rush of Blood To The Head’ favourite In My Place before moving the crowd to a standstill with an emotional rendition of The Scientist. Lead-singer Martin brought his own manic style to the show and revelled in having the amazed audience in the palm of his hand throughout. His unique showmanship was encapsulated when he launched his guitar 20ft into the air after a particularly energetic version of 'God Put A Smile On My Face'.
The early evening descended into night and the true impact and the scope of the fluorescence could be fully appreciated. Confetti cannons and luminous beach balls scattered the night sky as the band entertained the captivated the audience with hit after hit. Crowd favourite 'Viva La Vida' was a definitive highlight while the new collaboration with pop megastar Rihanna, Princess of China, showed fans what lies ahead in the charts.
To rapturous applause the spectacular stage show closed with a deafening chorus of 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall' accompanied by yet more fireworks and laser dramatics. As the foursome bowed to the crowd the captivated audience were left wondering if such a show could ever be topped – perhaps only when Martin and Co return. 
Whilst you were all off enjoying the summer party, I was lucky enough to watch a band called Coldplay set a stadium alight in Manchester. With the Jubilee weekend and the lovely weather passing before the end of exams, it seemed that most of the entertainment for the summer had died away until the Olympics begin next month. Instead a post-exams trip to Manchester provided one of the events of the summer, and the perfect post-exams celebration.
The day didn’t begin in the most positive of manners, the moment we stepped off the bus we were greeted by a freezing blast of rain. After sheltering from this, there was a lengthy queue to get into the stadium. Once this obstacle was passed though, we were on the pitch and were suddenly able to set up camp barely ten feet away from the end of the catwalk that went out into the audience. Satisfied with our work we waited for support act Rita Ora, however she didn’t emerge; amidst confusion young pop singer Charli XCX came out and impressed everyone with music that sounded like Rihanna with backing music from the Pet Shop Boys. Once people realised this wasn’t Rita Ora, they seemed to enjoy it even if we hadn’t appreciated the two and a half hour wait to simply get a singer onstage. I did remark how difficult would it have been for Netherlands Vs Denmark to be put on the screen, because it’s fair to say that for this time the crowd was very bored and chilly.
However, musically up until this point all had been OK, if not spectacular. This pattern continued as Robyn came on and played a reasonable enough rendition of her songs. However Robyn appeared to be a little intoxicated, as she almost fell over three times. Thankfully, this didn’t affect her too much and she even made the brave move of covering Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ in a set; it was an audacious move for a support act which she just about successfully pulled off. Then after a torturous half an hour of waiting, when the excitement had reached fever pitch Jay-z’s ’99 Problems’ blazed out and the audience were told to put on the wristbands they were given upon entry. Coldplay emerged to the theme from Back to the Future, before a spectacular fireworks display accompanied ‘Hurts like Heaven’. From this moment on you knew that no expense had been spared for this show. This prediction proved to be correct as the money from everyone’s ticket seemed to have been spent on the exceptional amount of confetti that poured onto the crowd during crowd favourite ‘In my Place’.
Coldplay had played two songs and they already seemed to have done everything that can be done for a stadium performance. There was more to come though, as they ran through ‘The Scientist’ and ‘Yellow’, Chris Martin had basically been made redundant because, through both of these songs, there is no way that anyone could have sung over the crowd. There was more to Coldplay than just turning up with spectacular effects and well rehearsed songs though; they enlightened the crowd with a rearranged, slightly heavier version of ‘God put a smile upon your Face’. After this, Coldplay came to the end of the catwalk, barely feet away, and were joined by five giant Rihannas (on the screens) for ‘Princess of China’. For the next two songs, the band were so close that I could see the stubble on drummer Will Champion’s face; this was not something I expected from a stadium show.
I have neglected to mention until now the most spectacular part of the show, something of unprecedented beauty, which had been impressive if not remarkable until now, due to it being daylight. As the “woah-oh”s of ‘Viva la Vida’ died down, Chris Martin commanded the crowd to put their arms in the air and “watch this”. Suddenly, the whole stadium was alight with the glowing wristbands that every audience member had been given; 50,000 individual lights of white, pink, green, red orange and blue gazed down upon the band. I have been to a lot of gigs, but this individual moment was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. The wristbands then flashed in time to the music before ‘Charlie Brown’ ended with the lines “We’ll run wild / we’ll be glowing in the dark”. The wristbands were an audacious and no doubt expensive stage prop, but it was an idea that worked; it really worked.
Coldplay then ran to the back of the stadium to a tiny stage where, though I could see nothing, those who had seen barely anything until now got a fantastic view for a couple of songs. The band then come back onto the main stage to play an encore which included super-ballad “Fix You”; a song which has an uncanny knack of reducing me to tears whenever it is played live. This night was no different; thankfully I got over myself ahead of the fireworks towards the end of the song before they closed with “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall”, where the wristbands continued to dazzle.
The show ended here and I was stunned; Coldplay did more than enough to tick all the boxes for a spectacular stadium show. Yet they had also provided rousing tunes and played them to perfection. However, I also felt that Coldplay were still a band having fun; they didn’t have the U2 mentality of “We’re massive, let’s just turn up and play the tunes to a great show”. Coldplay still seem to be a band based on great friendships, they just happen to also be very successful with it. Therefore, Coldplay demonstrate through their friendship exactly what a band should be about at every level; something which really should be commended. All in all Coldplay provided everything. I’m sure you all had a great time at the Summer Party, but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a show like Coldplay’s for the world. 
- @hellograndma: @coldplay already at Etihad! the 5 o'clock train from York paid off :) !
- @hollieaprilox: Travelling from portsmouth to manchester just to see @coldplay today, but it will be more than worth it!!!
- @clareschofield_: Does Etihad have a roof? No, ok then poncho and wellies is it then! #coldplay
- @oxfamontour: Can you find me? #Coldplayfilm #manchester twitpic.com/9ugemw
- @hlouisewagg: In manchester queueing outside for @coldplay in the cold and rain already #truefans
- @Whittle87M: Final touches being made to the @coldplay concert at The Etihad Stadium!! pic.twitter.com/6QN2Lna8
- @MattJBadley: Stood outside the etihad listening to Robyn soundcheck.. Playing @coldplay .. Sounds decent to be fair..
- @_AKRC: coldplay are at the etihad stadium tonight. i'll have all the windows in my house open, listening in!
- @CllrJohnSwin: It's June it's cold it's wet it's Manchester. But it's Coldplay so everything is good with the world. £4 a pint isn't
- @MissRedGirl: Dry skies for the #coldplay show currently. Lots of people at the back having a good dance to Robyn
- @_rachelreeder: @coldplay at Manchester etihad, gutted didn't get a wristband :(
- @MissRedGirl: Chris 'you guys sound incredible, it's going to be f***ing good' #Coldplay
- @chaistyblue: Coldplay at the Etihad are the bomb 3 songs in and the crowd are bouncing #Amazing
- @MissRedGirl: LIJ = Stunning! Never seen so many giant balloons. Cheap seats are up dancing quickly #coldplay
- @alicoshmo: Its raining confetti hearts #coldplay #etihad
- @MissRedGirl: CM "I'm singing this for my wife, you can sing it for anyone you love" #yellow #coldplay
- @BenJG27: Can actually hear the Coldplay gig at the Etihad Stadium from my house, like 4 miles away hear as well! It's wicked, wish I was there!
- @MissRedGirl: Quick burst of Songbird before Fix You - is LG in the house? #coldplay
- @mariacoyle91: Driving home from Sheffield and can see fireworks coming from the Etihad! @coldplay have arrived
- @jaydarbo: @coldplay fantastic show in Manchester
- @_AbiSims: BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE #Coldplay #Manchester !!!
- @GPTurner80: been to see Coldplay tonight @ manchester,not that much of a fan but the boys put on one hell of a show! #Coldplayfilm
- @jstear173: Coldplay were out of this world. #amazing #Etihad Best gig of my life.
- @Eyez000: Totally loved the #coldplay concert tonight @ the #etihad stadium!!!
- @RoryEmbling: Just seen Coldplay live at Etihad Stadium! Awesome! #coldplay
- @simonmarkhayes: #coldplay fans are even noisier than the bloody rugby league lot were coming from the Etihad past my window. A man needs to sleep!
- @Rob_Turner_9: Quiet night in Manchester ends up with us being in Coldplay's private afterparty in Australasia talking to the drummer. Strange one!
- @coldplay: Manchester you were incredible. Possibly the high point of what has definitely been our favourite ever tour PH
The Oracle on 9 June 2012: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
April 24, 2012 - submitted by Molly, United Kingdom
Q. Coming to see Coldplay in Manchester on the 9th June, but just heard that you're playing Capital summertime ball on the same day? U still gonna come Manchester? :(
The Oracle replies:
As Anchorman reported, the band will play BOTH Wembley and Manchester's Etihad Stadium on 9th June.