[17-Nov-2012] Coldplay @ Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Size really matters for Coldplay
Coldplay on their way to Sydney, for their biggest tour yet.
BRITISH band Coldplay are officially stadium rockers. Ending months of speculation, Coldplay will perform at Sydney's Allianz Stadium on November 17.
Tickets start at $99 and go on sale May 25 at 9am from Ticketek (ticketek.com.au).
The tour takes in the biggest venues the band has headlined in Australia so far.
Frontman Chris Martin said band members were itching to return Down Under.
"It's such a special place for us," Martin told Insider. "These venues are pretty huge, the Aussie crowds are always incredible and we'll be bringing everything we've got. It's going to be big."
The opening acts have been hand-picked by Coldplay, including Melbourne band the Temper Trap and US band the Pierces, whose album was produced by Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman.
Coldplay's current tour, in support of No.1 album Mylo Xyloto, has been super-sized to fit into stadiums.
The band perform several tracks on a catwalk adjacent to the main stage, as well as continuing their concept of a pop-up near the rear of each venue.
Every member of the audience is given a special LCD wristband when they enter the venue.
The wristbands, featuring a plastic box with the Coldplay logo, illuminate during the concert and become part of the show's hi-tech lighting display.
Fans will see pop star Rihanna, who duets with Martin on the new Coldplay single Princess of China, perform on video screens during the concert.
The concert doubles as a veritable greatest hits affair with Coldplay classics like In My Place, Fix You, The Scientist, Yellow, Viva la Vida, God Put a Smile On Your Face, Clocks, Paradise and Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall featuring in the overseas set lists.
Last year's single Paradise has become their biggest
seller to date in Australia, reaching sales of 280,000 (four times platinum).
Since their 2000 debut Parachutes, Coldplay have sold over 1.2 million copies
of their five albums in Australia. Coldplay's last tour here was in 2009 supporting their Viva La Vida album,
although the band made a fleeting visit last year to play the Splendour In The Grass festival.
The band will only play east coast dates in Australia, which is set to disappoint fans in Adelaide and Perth.
Their November schedule includes the possibility of second dates in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney depending on demand.
The Australasian tour starts with a show in Auckland on November 10.
A Coldplay presale for Visa card holders starts on May 17 (see visaentertainment.com. au for full details).