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Pete's Oxfam Blog - the Winter UK tour leg

busybeeburns

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Belfast - Odyssey arena #1.

Just went past the Odyssey (which will be the last stop of the tour). Heading for Dublin, the second last stop on the tour. The band are still on stage, entertaining the 8000 strong crowd. Foot-stomping and singing was in full force, as I packed up the Oxfam road case in the dressing room hall. The night is still young. The bus pulled out at 10:30pm “on-the-head” as the driver put it. This must be what it feels like to be in one of the vans that does a runner straight after the show. I’m off early, with the ‘Eat to the beat’ catering team, beating the traffic and heading for the hotel, in the hope of a ‘regular’ night sleep..

Belfast was a fun city. I’m glad we’re heading back before it‘s over. Oxfam volunteers were signing up the crowd to become campaigners. The sheet simply said. “Coldplay. Sign up to use your power”. In the new year, Oxfam Ireland will update them on the Climate Change campaign, which will be a massive part of Oxfam’s work in 2009. For now, they can just sit back and enjoy the show. Or.. Alternatively.. Stand up and stamp their feet and enjoy the show.. Why not eh? It’s Friday!

20 more brilliant volunteers. It’s got to be the best part of my job. Working with them everyday. Without their energy, Oxfam-on-tour would not be possible, and would not happen. It’s great to see them waiting there every day. Especially when they are waiting out in the furious Belfast wind and rain of an evening. That’s dedication for you.

The biggest cheer I heard before I left was after Chris Martin replaced the words at the end of ‘Violet Hill’ with “If your Irish.. Won’t you let me know”.. Dublin will have a hard act to follow.

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The tour comes to Dublin.

I’m sitting in the newly revamped O2 Arena, Dublin. Last Tuesday, this venue was re-opened. Coldplay is only the third show to pass through. 8′500 people will pack into the arena tonight, and again tomorrow. There is only three days to go on this tour. I thought I was going to escape the strange illness that has been doing the rounds in the crew. Unfortunately, it got me in the end. I’m on the kiwi fruits and orange juice today..

Yesterday, I visited the famous storehouse of Arthur Guinness. The cobbled streets and darkened passages around the old factory buildings was quite a sight. Real atmosphere. You could just imagine the barrels rolling down the streets and a huge workforce piling in and out. The black gates through the streets guarding the special secrets of this ancient brew.. As we pulled up on the open-top bus tour, it felt a bit like Charlie the Chocolate Factory for adults. Sadly.. I didn’t see any umpa-lumpas..

939 people signed up to be campaigners at the last show in Belfast. It was a good start for Oxfam Ireland. Lot’s of people making their mark and taking a moment to find out a bit more. That’s 74′125 people who have done just that on the tour so far. Countless more will have seen us there and hopefully gone in an Oxfam shop, bought someone a goat for christmas, or signed up online. Maybe even read this blog, to see what the tour part is all about. Oxfam’s work goes far beyond this paragraph I write every couple of days, from the road. It’s life-saving work, in the case of disasters. Working with local partners to help people out of poverty. Getting more children in school. Giving people the supplies they need, when they lose their homes. Campaigning to put pressure on governments to help people change their lives for the better. Those are the sorts of reasons that Coldplay supports Oxfam. Because Oxfam helps to give people in poverty a voice and a better chance. If you are coming to a Coldplay show, why not come and talk to one of Oxfam’s volunteers, to see how you can use your power? If you are not, then, why not click on one of the Oxfam links, over there on the right, and see what you can do there.. sign an online petition calling for action to combat climate change, give a different sort of gift, buy Fairtrade smellies, join an outreach group, make a donation. Whatever fits for you. There are plenty of ways to use your power.

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971 stand up to be counted.. and a few more.

It’s quite a spectacular sight to see 8′500 Coldplay fans on their feet in Dublin, singing the final few lines of ‘Yellow’. I came back here into the crew room to write, and heard a similar roar of noise at the end of ‘Fix you’. ‘Viva’ has just struck up as well, and I can already hear the chanting starting.

971 of those people, on 1942 feet, all signed up with Oxfam tonight. They all now have the chance to be active campaigners for Oxfam in the years to come. 2009 will be a huge year for Oxfam, and Coldplay as well. They will be back here for a massive outdoor show in September. Maybe some of those people who signed up, will be volunteering as campaigners themselves next year..?

There’s that chorus. I might have to nip out and see this… The seats are all banked up in front of the stage. Everyone is packed in together, all with a great view. Must be a fantastic view for the 4 in the band too. There is not a seat to be had out there. I’m sure the Oxfam team are enjoying their prize. Thank you to them for all their hard work. The completed sheets are all sitting safely here next to me. Enjoy the show!

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The finishing straight.

We are nearly there. It’s a couple of days until Christmas. Time for the holidays and to welcome in a new year. Soon we will be travelling home. Getting over coughs, colds and extreme sleep deprivation weirdness. Just one more Coldplay show to do this year. The pillows are in sight.

I hadn’t seen much of the set for a while. Tonight, I stood, stage-left, with some of the Oxfam volunteers, to watch the amazing show. OK, so most of the songs may be the same, but I love seeing the crowds every time. People jumping around, singing the words, clapping at every opportunity, stamping their feet, holding their heads in disbelief, watching the show through a mobile phone - when the band are right there.. Stamping their feet - (whether they’re out of time or not.. Who really cares?) It’s great to see how captivated people are when seeing the show for the first time. It reminds me how great it is, that Oxfam is on the tour. How great it is that the volunteers get to see the show. How much people love this band. How awesome it is that the band want these people to be involved with Oxfam’s work. 1348 people joined Oxfam tonight. That’s 2319 people at the two Dublin shows. 1 in 7 people across the two nights. That’s a great response, and something for our volunteers to be proud of. There were a famous pair of sunglasses in the audience tonight too, which caught the eye of a few of our campaigners.. I saw you there Bono.. bobbing your head and singing along to ‘Viva’ at the Coldplay show.

The sprinter van that I’m in, is.. erm..sprinting along the motorway to Belfast. The driver isn’t even bothering to change lanes if there is nobody to overtake. He’s getting us there, and fast. It’s amazing to think that in about 28 hours, we will all be heading home. The band will be home. The 2008 Viva La Vida tour will be over. The curtain (or more appropriately, the giant ‘Viva’ banner on the stage), will have gone down, for the final time. I will miss it all when it’s gone. I’m sure I will also miss all the other roadies, when they are no longer around in the crew rooms and catering tables of various venues around the world. It will be good though, to unpack my bag, try on some clothes that aren’t stage black, catch up with people that I’ve lost touch with, buy some new socks, you know, that sort of thing.

It was the Christmas party last night. Personally, I think there may have been a tactic in there somewhere. Because today, it was another Band v Crew match. Goals were flying in from everywhere, as were injuries, and scuffed shots. It was a fun time. I’m sure the friendly rivalry will continue long into the future.

I’m not thinking too much about that for now though. Just enjoying the moment. On tour with a great bunch of people, with one of the best bands in the world. Thousands of people joining Oxfam’s amazing work. One more show to go.

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hehehehehehehe i can only imagine
 

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I'm afraid the bearer of bad news :cry:

I sent Pete a Christmas card from us all :D

http://www.123greetings.com/view/12524208004742357457

I received a thank you today, and he will no longer be with us in a Coldplay capacity.

It has been great to meet Coldplayers along the route of the tour. You have all been very kind. Unfortunately it seems that I will not be able to continue further on the tour into the new year. I am so pleased that you have enjoyed my blog though, and hopefully Coldplayers have taken something from it, and got involved with Oxfam too.
Gonna miss you Pete :(
 

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Aww, that's sad. :(

Thank you for all the blogs Pete, you did a great job :D
 

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:( that's bad news really, it was such a pleasure meeting him last week :nice:

we should ask him to come to Wembley at least, since a lot of us will be there, if he can of course :)
 

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awww boohhhh I think I may cry... :bigcry: for real!

btw very sweet of you to send that card jen :D

following coldplay on tour will never be the same without pete's blogs
 

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:stunned: :bigcry:

there's no reason left for me to go to Coldplay concerts now.. :bigcry:
:uhoh: you know i'm not serious, right ..
Will really miss his blogs ! :(

off topic : Mich !!!!!! I LOVE YOU NEW AVATAR :wideeyed: where can I get the picture, large size ? pwety please !
 

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who's gonna keep us company while we wait at the back exit for chris to come out :bigcry:
 

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Let's start a petion :wideeyed: :dance:
Pete Lusby for second term:p

:lol: Renoooooo :bigcry:
 

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:sick: not another petition !

:p

or that security guy to whom you blew kisses :lol:
 

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gutted. waaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaa
 
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