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11-Dec-08 - Manchester, MEN Arena - Tickets, Preview, Meetups, Review/Photos

busybeeburns

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What are the best settings to have your camera on at gigs? All of mine tend to come out really dark and rubbish.
I tried allsorts last night and finally settled with quickest shutter speed with no flash.
 

busybeeburns

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some more vids from youtube (not mine)

[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=BJKwxUXQIHM"]YouTube - coldplay in concert manchester 11/12/08 green eyes[/ame]

[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=bRFv_aF-POM"]YouTube - Coldplay Live in Manchester 11th December 2008 - Yellow[/ame]

[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=CQd4zOHvTko"]YouTube - Coldplay Live in Manchester 11th December 2008 - Lovers in Japan[/ame]

[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Tj5Qm00qW2w"]YouTube - Coldplay Live in Manchester 11th December 2008 - Fix You[/ame]
 

busybeeburns

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[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-SSgODstZkI"]YouTube - Coldplay Live in Manchester 11th December 2008 - 42[/ame]

[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=T7KU6pkVfy0"]YouTube - Coldplay Live in Manchester 11th December 2008 - Life in Technicolor[/ame]
 

hadley_87

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I was sat in block 113, in the front row of it

it was amazing!! the best gig or concert I have EVER been to!
 

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Ive got a video of the encore still to upload but its 500 odd mb, the yellow one was 350mb an took an absolute age!
 

hadley_87

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how can I upload my photos of last night? I got some really good ones!
 

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I'm pretty sure they did Crests of Waves as well, but its not on the set list on the first page? Am I wrong??
 

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Jen and Ian! I'm so glad you had a great time :D Huge thanks for the amazing pictures and videos :thumbsup: And your pic with Pete is the cutest ever :nice:
 

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mine too. was going to google later and see if I could change it, but it generall looks like gobbledegook when I try those types of sites
Yeah I've had a google too and I always end up more confused lol.

I tried allsorts last night and finally settled with quickest shutter speed with no flash.
Tar love, I'll give this a go.
 

busybeeburns

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Coldplay still have plenty of vida left in them

We've said it before but it bears repeating: Coldplay are unfairly maligned. Just because they make popular songs, are hugely rich and yet don't conform to every rock-band cliche in the book (OK, we'll pass over the one about the frontman marrying a film star), it seems necessary to mock their every move. No wonder they've been taken to American hearts: there they actually like and encourage success.

Perhaps all those who denegrate Coldplay as being whiny bedwetting cohorts of Keane and Snow Patrol would think differently if they saw them live. At the Arena last night, Martin and co were awesomely powerful, Jonny Buckland's riffs set to stadium and anthem after anthem blowing away any of the bad moods they'd suggested they'd been in.

True, Martin doesn't so much like the sound of his own voice as like the sound of the crowd's - too often he opts for simply playing along as the audience bellow the words to Yellow. It's fun for a while, and then a little annoying - you don't pay £42.50 to hear the bloke next to you roaring the words. But in a sense it does prove how effortless Martin and co find writing memorable, clear-eyed pop songs.

The new songs from Viva La Vida fit snugly into the greatest hits; particularly the immense bombast of Lovers In Japan and 42. But the surprise - and they continually do surprise here, playing songs down the runway; at the back of the arena; letting the drummer sing - is when they play a techno version of God Put A Smile Upon Your Face, melding it into Talk and back again and somehow making it all work.

And yet it's The Hardest Part which sums Coldplay up. Or rather, the intro to it. Martin says it's a song about 'realising you'll never be quite as good as Oasis'. Look at their records and you have to wonder whether that's actually true - three out of four for Coldplay ain't bad compared to the Gallaghers' hit-rate of, ooh, two and a half out of seven. They want the critical acclaim that a Radiohead or an Arcade Fire enjoy, and yet they want the era-defining swagger of Oasis. Say one thing for them, at least Coldplay are still hungry - striving for, basically, an impossible dream.

http://manchesterblog.metro.co.uk
 

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Wow guys thanks for the pics and vids. I'm just had a quick browse thru them, it's getting me really excited for tonights gig now :)

Another couple of hours and I'll be there rocking along to Coldplay SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Guys from last night's gig.... what time is best to arrive at the MEN arena when parking?

Cheers
 

busybeeburns

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Wow guys thanks for the pics and vids. I'm just had a quick browse thru them, it's getting me really excited for tonights gig now :)

Another couple of hours and I'll be there rocking along to Coldplay SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
don't forget to sign up at petes oxfam stall! :D
 

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my final half-decent video from last night's gig, apologies for the dickheads who kept walking past to leave early :whatever:

[ame="http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rptIjUP909w"]YouTube - Coldplay - Life In Technicolor ii (Manchester, 11-Dec-08)[/ame]
 

busybeeburns

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not really - but the arena does have a NCP next to it, but get there about 6-7pm for that, it will still be busy from the commuters. Other that that you could try the printworks:

http://www.men-arena.com/arena/?page_id=1152

we parked at brooklands and got the tram in, which is our preferred option :)
 
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