Coldplay tour: A head full of stadium shows
This story was updated on Friday, 27 November 2015
Coldplay tickets for the upcoming A Head Full of Dreams tour have gone general on-sale earlier today, Friday 27 November.
It will mark the first full-scale Coldplay tour in 4 years when the band promoted Mylo Xyloto. For Ghost Stories the band embarked on a small 20-date tour.
How to get Coldplay tickets?
Coldplay tickets tend to sell out pretty quick. In fact, the sheer amount of Coldplay fans coming to HEADLINER briefly paralysed our magazine’s web servers. If you’ve missed our on tickets from Ticketmaster, try to find Coldplay tickets on Seatwave.
If you can’t wait until 2016 to hear the new album live, why not catch the band in London when Chris Martin’s men play at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball on Saturday 5 December at London’s Big Top, The O2 arena on the Greenwich peninsula.
It’s a party with the hottest popstars of 2015 including Years and Years, Jess Glynne, Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande and David Guetta. Be quick, secure your Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball tickets with Coldplay now.
The long way to #AHFODTOUR
Coldplay like doing things their way and for the A Head Full of Dreams tour (or for your Twitter geeks #ahfodtour) the band went old-school by announcing their upcoming stadium tour via a series of cryptic posters plastered (some digitally) around the UK.
The tour posters went up on Friday, 20 November and it wasn’t long before hardcore fans picked up the hints and spread the message across Social Media.
— Rose-Iris (@Esther_Byrne) November 19, 2015
A Head Full Of Dreams Tour 2016
The tour in support of the new “hippie album,” A Head Full of Dreams, will arrive in the UK in summer for a series of huge stadium shows.
The follow-up to the muted, almost experimental Ghost Stories album, is once again a classic Coldplay album; joyful and anthemic.
(It’s a) hippie album about love and acceptance and embracing what happens to you.- Chris Martin on A Head Full of Dream (2015)
Unlike Ghost Stories, an album Coldplay didn’t take on a full tour, this time the band is set to promote A Head Full of Dreams and announced a series of massive stadium shows for summer.
Manchester, Glasgow and London have been announced as initial UK shows for the EU leg of their world tour and if rumours are to be believed, more shows could be announced in the uK and across Europe.
Kicking things off at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on 4 June, Coldplay’s tour will continue to Glasgow’s Hampden Park on 7 June before two two massive concerts at London’s Wembley Stadium on 16 and 18 June.
The tour news was later confirmed on Coldplay’s official website with a whopping additional 20 stadium shows across 14 countries in Europe and Latin America. Talk of keeping yourself busy!
New Coldplay album: A Head Full of Dreams
The Coldplay tour will be in support of their upcoming new album, A Head Full Of Dreams which the band advertised in similar fashion as the tour through a series of cryptic posters. HEADLINER reported this last month.
Chris Martin, never shy of a good soundbite, described their new album to sound like “Oasis and Drake“. He quantified this bold statement by explaining that Coldplay were eager to “marry all the music that they love”.
Speaking to The independent, Martin joked that A Head Full of Ideas would be a “hippie album about love and acceptance and embracing what happens to you.”
In fairness, this wouldn’t sail the album thematically far from Coldplay’s previous offerings but the Drake and Oasis blend certainly keeps my curiosity.
In fact, the album will arrive with many more surprises on its release. Oasis songsmith Noel Gallagher is one of many celeb guests who will appear on the album. Others include Beyoncé and Martin’s ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow are said to guest on the tracks Hymn For the Weekend and Everglow.
Hard to top?
One more: A cameo by US President Barack Obama will also be on Coldplay’s album!
“All of our records were a journey to get to this one”
With every album Coldplay moved their sound to new places. From the indie debut, Parachutes, to the elaborate Radiohead-esque A Rush of Blood To The Head and over to the synth-drenched X&Y and U2 influenced Viva La Vida.
But it was Mylo Xyloto and Ghost Stories were Coldplay really found an aural territory totally their own. It’s when the band’s decade of work and experimentation finally paid off.
We’re very comfortable now with the fact that we’re not for everybody. All of our records were a journey to get to this one. – Chris Martin (2015)
Not for everyone but enough to fill several UK stadiums in 2016 – it’s ok to chuckle at some of Martin’s quotes but at the end of the day his band remains one of the best current live acts you can see with a strong backcatalogue of stellar songs to back up their global success.
With so much confidence in their new album fans should expect many of the new tunes to make it into their upcoming setlists alongside some of their countless classics, such as Clocks, Viva La Vida, Fix You, Paradise, Yellow or (enter your own fave Coldplay tune here).
A Head Full of Dreams will be dropped on 4 December and available through your usual music outlets; digitally through Apple Music, Amazon and Spotify and don’t forget supporting your local record shop for a vinyl or CD version.
Fans subscribed to Jay-Z’s TIDAL music streaming service can get a taster of the album at tomorrow’s (21 November) live stream of the Coldplay album launch gig from the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles.
Coldplay tour dates
- The O2, London (5) (Headlining Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball)
- Etihad Stadium, Manchester (4)
- Hampden Park, Glasgow (7)
- Wembley Stadium, London (16, 18)