Olympic Stadium: Coldplay is very environmentally friendly

concert review | Coldplay at the Olympic Stadium

Coldplay is very environmentally friendly

Mon 11/07/22 | 08:37 | FROM Szymon Brewer

Audio: rbb24 Inforadio | July 11, 2022 | Szymon Brewer | Picture: dpa / Andreas Arnold

Coldplay is one of the most successful bands of all time. Now they want to be the most environmentally friendly band of all time. The British will play three times at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Simon Brewer

Usually, concerts in a stadium end with fireworks and a shower of confetti – Coldplay has that right at the start. Sparkles, glitters, flashes and crackles as frontman Chris Martin runs through the Olympic Stadium for the first time on the long runway – accompanied by the song “Higher Power” from the current album “Music Of The Spheres”.

Already in the second track dozens of giant balloons fly by, which the audience happily pushes back and forth. It’s fun, it’s impressive, and definitely overwhelming for those new to Coldplay; But anyone who has seen the band live a few times knows that Coldplay concerts are always like colorful children’s birthday parties.

confetti for everyone

Actually, there is nothing against it: against confetti and pyrotechnics and a cheerful detachment from the gray, gloomy everyday life. Actually. But before the concert, visitors are informed in detail on two video screens how much good they are doing by participating in the concert and how Coldplay is trying to play in the arenas of the world in an environmentally friendly way. Every ticket sold plants a tree, supports animal welfare and cleans the oceans; Electricity in the stadium is generated by small wind turbines, solar panels and kinetic dance floors – this means fans can charge Coldplay’s batteries by jumping and dancing.

Sustainability and laser show do not go hand in hand

There are even a few bolted bicycles at the back of the stadium – the so-called power bikes that can also be used to generate electricity. But to deliver the energy that Coldplay fires in one song using video screens, lasers, and last but not least, the sound system, the entire start of the Tour de France would need to be on these electric bikes. Talking about sustainability while blowing fireworks into the Berlin skies with every second song just doesn’t fit.

Remote-controlled skylights

However, the two-hour concert also has some good and touching moments: for example, Coldplay’s song “Yellow”, which is over 20 years old, is and will always be a hit; the idea of ​​equipping all visitors with LED bands and making them part of the light show: brilliant – even if it turns everyone into remote-controlled skylights. And during the encore, Chris Martin also sings with the Ukrainian children’s choir. Coldplay: Almost too good for this world – all the band has to do is save energy.

Transmission: rbbKultur on July 11, 2022 6:00 am

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