Live at the Natural History Museum London 25 Nov 2019

Stephen

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Hey everyone,

I thought I would come on here and talk about my experience and explain a few things! I was lucky enough to receive an invite from Coldplay as a thank you for the support we have given them during the past few months. Promotion for this album from fan sites and fans, in general, was key during this era as it was of course, marketed differently to other albums.

We arrived at the Museum with an hour or so until the doors opened. There were two entrances, the left one being for general admission ticket holders and the right being for VIP or guest list. There were many people waiting outside the guestlist gate, however, security made us form a queue and would not let non-guestlist people join. In the end, there were about 20 people in the guestlist queue and another 20 waiting at the gate, perhaps looking to sneak their way in.

The door opening was slightly delayed as they were not ready but a nice lady came out to check that we were actually on the list. A man that had been waiting for an hour was turned away as he was not on the list! Many people tried to push their way in along with guestlist ticket holders and were generally disrespectful as they clearly didn't have tickets but were trying to cheat the system. We were second in the queue and were promptly let into the venue where we were searched by security, given a love button and our tickets. Greg James was behind us in the queue by the way! As usual, guestlist tickets are in envelopes and at the desk, there didn't seem to be too many envelopes. This leads me to believe that the 500 guestlist tickets rumour is false. There was nowhere near 500 envelopes there.

Also, this was a charity event. In the email sent out to all guestlist ticket holders, they insisted that each person donated £25 or more to ClientEarth. Cash or credit card was accepted. Even though we did not pay for our tickets, we donated as much as we could. There was also a merchandise stand with a limited edition t-shirt and poster. Overall I think I spent £80 on merchandise, all of which went to ClientEarth. I recognised a few important faces, let's say they are high up in the food chain, so I can assure you they donated a lot of money! Hopefully, that dispels the claim that most people did not pay for their tickets, therefore, defeating the purpose of a charity event.

I am not sure why there is so much controversy around this event. Think of it as a private charity event where many record label executives, friends, family and various wealthy folk were invited. We were very lucky that the public was invited at all! The venue was minuscule and could barely fit everyone in. I can genuinely not think of a better way they could have sold the tickets. Giving them to randomers has people arguing that 'real fans' missed out on this opportunity. Only letting superfans in would cause people to argue that they have seen the band enough and to let others have a go. It's a very difficult decision to make and logistically very difficult. In conclusion, if you didn't get tickets, you just weren't lucky, there is zero point in complaining.

Anyway, inside our envelope was two tickets, two wristbands and a piece of paper. We made our way past security and were lucky enough to get to the barrier! Standing that close to the stage was surreal and it took me a few minutes to realise that we had made it! Ian from ColdplayXtra was also present along with his girlfriend. All three of us were so excited to be at the barrier. Phil and his wife were also there along with their son. We pretty much bumped into each other leaving the gig but I didn't want to interrupt him out of respect.

Coming back to the envelope: There was a small piece of paper inviting us to the aftershow party at a bar in London (address obfuscated). We headed back to the hotel to drop off our merchandise and got a taxi to the hotel bar. It was at an extremely prestigious hotel in London! Security asked to see our wristbands and we were let in. We met with Ian and his girlfriend and got ourselves a table for the night. Food and drink were totally free (except a gin and tonic that I spent 22 euro on...). Shrimp, truffles and spring rolls were among the food given out.

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I tried to network with as many people as possible. I met Mat Whitecross who I had previously spoken to over the phone for a few hours. He was delightful and took the time to speak to me again! Norah Shaqur was sitting across from us and spoke to us for a while. After telling her how much I loved her performance and her dress, she spoke to us for a while about recording the album, travelling and tour details (spoiler, that was the final show). She was extremely kind, thankful, friendly and an overall joyous person.

We spotted Jacob Collier who was wearing a brightly coloured outfit, you could not miss him! Ian introduced both of us and he was also extremely kind and funny (notice a trend here!). Femi Kuti's fellow musicians were also present along with comedian Al Murray, Coldplay staff and more.

There was a separate, smaller bar for Coldplay. The band was present along with their families. This was strictly family only as even their security guards were not allowed in! Speaking of, Chris' security guards were in great form and wished me a great night as we left the building.

I spotted Debs Wild walk in and after our many interactions over the years I knew I had to say hi! After telling her who I was she gave me a big hug and introduced me to her friend and spoke highly of me and Ian. We spent the next hour discussing mutual friends, Coldplay and a bunch of other stuff. She looked after all of us and was by far the nicest person I have met in a long time! Kudos to Debs for all the support she has given us over the years.

And that concludes my trip to London to see Coldplay. I have had many opportunities to do this before but cancelled due to exams. I could not turn this down though! Let me know if you guys have any questions

-Stephen
 
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Hey everyone,

I thought I would come on here and talk about my experience and explain a few things! I was lucky enough to receive an invite from Coldplay as a thank you for the support we have given them during the past few months. Promotion for this album from fan sites and fans, in general, was key during this era as it was of course, marketed differently to other albums.

We arrived at the Museum with an hour or so until the doors opened. There were two entrances, the left one being for general admission ticket holders and the right being for VIP or guest list. There were many people waiting outside the guestlist gate, however, security made us form a queue and would not let non-guestlist people join. In the end, there were about 20 people in the guestlist queue and another 20 waiting at the gate, perhaps looking to sneak their way in.

The door opening was slightly delayed as they were not ready but a nice lady came out to check that we were actually on the list. A man that had been waiting for an hour was turned away as he was not on the list! Many people tried to push their way in along with guestlist ticket holders and were generally disrespectful as they clearly didn't have tickets but were trying to cheat the system. We were second in the queue and were promptly let into the venue where we were searched by security, given a love button and our tickets. Greg James was behind us in the queue by the way! As usual, guestlist tickets are in envelopes and at the desk, there didn't seem to be too many envelopes. This leads me to believe that the 500 guestlist tickets rumour is false. There was nowhere near 500 envelopes there.

Also, this was a charity event. In the email sent out to all guestlist ticket holders, they insisted that each person donated £25 or more to ClientEarth. Cash or credit card was accepted. Even though we did not pay for our tickets, we donated as much as we could. There was also a merchandise stand with a limited edition t-shirt and poster. Overall I think I spent £80 on merchandise, all of which went to ClientEarth. I recognised a few important faces, let's say they are high up in the food chain, so I can assure you they donated a lot of money! Hopefully, that dispels the claim that most people did not pay for their tickets, therefore, defeating the purpose of a charity event.

I am not sure why there is so much controversy around this event. Think of it as a private charity event where many record label executives, friends, family and various wealthy folk were invited. We were very lucky that the public was invited at all! The venue was minuscule and could barely fit everyone in. I can genuinely not think of a better way they could have sold the tickets. Giving them to randomers has people arguing that 'real fans' missed out on this opportunity. Only letting superfans in would cause people to argue that they have seen the band enough and to let others have a go. It's a very difficult decision to make and logistically very difficult. In conclusion, if you didn't get tickets, you just weren't lucky, there is zero point in complaining.

Anyway, inside our envelope was two tickets, two wristbands and a piece of paper. We made our way past security and were lucky enough to get to the barrier! Standing that close to the stage was surreal and it took me a few minutes to realise that we had made it! Ian from ColdplayXtra was also present along with his girlfriend. All three of us were so excited to be at the barrier. Phil and his wife were also there along with their son. We pretty much bumped into each other leaving the gig but I didn't want to interrupt him out of respect.

Coming back to the envelope: There was a small piece of paper inviting us to the aftershow party at a bar in London (address obfuscated). We headed back to the hotel to drop off our merchandise and got a taxi to the hotel bar. It was at an extremely prestigious hotel in London! Security asked to see our wristbands and we were let in. We met with Ian and his girlfriend and got ourselves a table for the night. Food and drink were totally free (except a gin and tonic that I spent 22 euro on...). Shrimp, truffles and spring rolls were among the food given out.

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I tried to network with as many people as possible. I met Mat Whitecross who I had previously spoken to over the phone for a few hours. He was delightful and took the time to speak to me again! Norah Shaqur was sitting across from us and spoke to us for a while. After telling her how much I loved her performance and her dress, she spoke to us for a while about recording the album, travelling and tour details (spoiler, that was the final show). She was extremely kind, thankful, friendly and an overall joyous person.

We spotted Jacob Collier who was wearing a brightly coloured outfit, you could not miss him! Ian introduced both of us and he was also extremely kind and funny (notice a trend here!). Femi Kuti's fellow musicians were also present along with comedian Al Murray, Coldplay staff and more.

There was a separate, smaller bar for Coldplay. The band was present along with their families. This was strictly family only as even their security guards were not allowed in! Speaking of, Chris' security guards were in great form and wished me a great night as we left the building.

I spotted Debs Wild walk in and after our many interactions over the years I knew I had to say hi! After telling her who I was she gave me a big hug and introduced me to her friend and spoke highly of me and Ian. We spent the next hour discussing mutual friends, Coldplay and a bunch of other stuff. She looked after all of us and was by far the nicest person I have met in a long time! Kudos to Debs for all the support she has given us over the years.

And that concludes my trip to London to see Coldplay. I have had many opportunities to do this before but cancelled due to exams. I could not turn this down though! Let me know if you guys have any questions

-Stephen
Thanks for the really detailed description! Since most people didn't get the chance to go, thanks for telling us what it was like. It must have been really cool attending such a small performance.
 
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As usual, guestlist tickets are in envelopes and at the desk, there didn't seem to be too many envelopes. This leads me to believe that the 500 guestlist tickets rumour is false. There was nowhere near 500 envelopes there.
Don't forget the record company guests got their tickets before the gig as someone posted on instagram a couple of hours before with their tickets in their hands. So that's probably a couple of hundred.
 

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Femi Kuti's fellow musicians were also present along with comedian Al Murray, Coldplay staff and more.
Hilarious that the most famous person they could get to show up was Al Murray :joy: Maybe it’s because the show was on a Monday night...
 

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Hilarious that the most famous person they could get to show up was Al Murray :joy:Maybe it’s because the show was on a Monday night...
Or the other invitees were not fans and declined and who knows maybe Al Murray is a Coldplay fan - well okay maybe not! :)
 

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tour details (spoiler, that was the final show)
Wow ok, so they're not gonna do a few performances for EL next year though ? I thought Chris said there were gonna be 7 performances in total, so far we only had 2 public ones.
Maybe without the guest musicians...?

By the way, sorry for being so inactive on this thread, everyone ! I have A LOT to tell you about my Monday miracle in London but so little time...also preparing for one or two cool things to share, so hope to catch up soon !
 

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Absolute Radio will broadcast some highlights from the gig along with an interview with Chris tonight! Tune in at 9 pm UK time.

View: https://twitter.com/absoluteradio/status/1200069252411273218


here are some links to listen. If you're in the UK:


If you're not in the UK you can just google a UK postcode, enter it and it will work. Or you can use this link:

 

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Hey everyone,

I thought I would come on here and talk about my experience and explain a few things!

-Stephen
Thank you very much for the detailed report. I am glad you had a great time and the organisation wasn't as bad as you could read on the internet.
Could you please tell us something about the atmosphere, the band and the songs?
Were the listeners into the music? I read some of them left the room before the end.
You were close to the band. Did they enjoy themselves? Did they give their best? Was there a good interaction between them?
Was the music live as good as on the album?
Which song did you enjoy the most, which the least?
Why did the members of Coldplay not speak to the invited guests at the party? That surely was disappointing, wasnt it?
Who said that this was the last show? Chris formerly said there would be about 7 small shows.

You neednt answer all the questions, just the ones you would like to answer.
Thank you in advance.
 

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Absolute Radio will broadcast some highlights from the gig along with an interview with Chris tonight! Tune in at 9 pm UK time.

View: https://twitter.com/absoluteradio/status/1200069252411273218


here are some links to listen. If you're in the UK:


If you're not in the UK you can just google a UK postcode, enter it and it will work. Or you can use this link:

Will anybody be recording all the things going on today? I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving while all this stuff is happening.
 

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Hey everyone,

I thought I would come on here and talk about my experience and explain a few things! I was lucky enough to receive an invite from Coldplay as a thank you for the support we have given them during the past few months. Promotion for this album from fan sites and fans, in general, was key during this era as it was of course, marketed differently to other albums.
Great story Stephen! Nice that you've shared this with us :)
 

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Absolute Radio will play more tracks on Sunday night. Would be great if someone in the UK could record them in DAB quality!

(tonight they broadcast Viva, Orphans, Fix You and Everyday Life)
 

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Hilarious that the most famous person they could get to show up was Al Murray :joy:Maybe it’s because the show was on a Monday night...
There wasn’t many people at the aftershow, I think it was mainly friends and family!
 

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Wow ok, so they're not gonna do a few performances for EL next year though ? I thought Chris said there were gonna be 7 performances in total, so far we only had 2 public ones.
Maybe without the guest musicians...?

By the way, sorry for being so inactive on this thread, everyone ! I have A LOT to tell you about my Monday miracle in London but so little time...also preparing for one or two cool things to share, so hope to catch up soon !
Chris announced a few LA shows today but before this we just assumed the Maira Vale gig, SNL and shows like that counted. From speaking to people there it sounded like they were finished. This may be a last minute decision to add more shows but I have no idea!
 

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Chris announced a few LA shows today but before this we just assumed the Maira Vale gig, SNL and shows like that counted. From speaking to people there it sounded like they were finished. This may be a last minute decision to add more shows but I have no idea!
I see what you mean. Guy's tweet about Femi also sounded final, yeah. Hm, that is very disappointing for a lot of fans I guess :( Wish they at least did a mini tour like with Ghost Stories. But it seems like they want to go back into the studio again as soon as possible.
 

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The lower amount of American Coldplay fans might actually be an advantage for me if Coldplay end up performing in the US. London is filled with tons of Coldplay fans, so it's easy to understand why so many people didn't get in, especially with the limited amount of seats. Maybe if I get lucky, I'll get to go to a rare concert.
 
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