Coldplay were in town for one of two sell out shows at the Etihad stadium in Manchester on Saturday, and the 50,000 strong audience were not disappointed. They were not only treated to a flawless live performance from one of the world’s greatest bands, they witnessed a spectacular show of lights, fireworks and gigantic confetti-filled balloons that were fired out into the crowd during the set.
Though it was primarily a showcase of their latest album Mylo Xyloto, the set list included all of the old fan favourites such as Violet Hill, Trouble, Yellow and Viva La Vida. It was Fix You, however, that really epitomised Chris Martin’s effortless ability to incite a mass sing a long among thousands. Allowing the audience to take centre stage at times during the chorus, the song made up one of the many magical moments of the evening and was a real stand-out performance.
Before the show everyone in attendance was given a multicoloured wristband and it was during the performance of the infectious Charlie Brown that they first lit up and flashed in unison. The crowd turned into a sea of neon lights and even Chris Martin himself had to stop and gaze out in amazement at the scenes in front of him. As the lights lit up, so did people’s faces and it seemed as though everyone in attendance felt this was something never seen before and possibly never again.
The band then played a few songs on a smaller stage towards the back of the arena, with Chris Martin joking “Now you can’t complain that you were too far back”, before declaring Manchester "the home of music" which was an obvious crowd-pleaser.
The set list was a perfect mix of up beat, explosive stadium songs and anthemic sing a longs leaving the masses in attendance begging for more as the “Woah-oh-oh” of Viva La Vida rang out both before and after the band’s encore.
They finished on a thumping rendition of Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, complete with a stunning firework display over the stadium and what can only be described as a laser show on the stage.
All in all, a truly phenomenal performance and an even better all round show. Coldplay are still one of the best bands to come out of Britain and continue to push the boundaries of live music. Long may it continue.