The number 2,350 is a large number of people for most bands to expect at their concerts, but not for Coldplay; the U.K. rock stalwarts have been headlining festivals and playing to stadiums for years now. That’s what made their post-BRIT Awards 2016 performance at the indigO2, a theater nestled within London’s O2 complex and next to the O2 Arena, all the more enticing. With a 2,350 capacity, the indigO2 isn’t exactly a basement, but for a band with music designed to pack arenas, a large theater is downright cozy.
You could see it in the attendees’ faces on Wednesday night (Feb. 24): Everyone felt mighty lucky to be witnessing this. It wasn’t that Coldplay was especially great during the hour-long post-BRITs set; they simply picked the right songs to make the British crowd go bonkers.
Imagine hearing “Yellow” turn into “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” into “Clocks” into “Charlie Brown” in a room where the echo’s at a minimum. Imagine a Coldplay set that takes no detours into album cuts, in which every song is worthy of unleashing a storm of confetti until the last song, which does. Imagine watching Chris Martin writhe around on the ground during “Adventure of a Lifetime,” and not having to turn your head to the video monitor! These things simply do not happen often. They all did on Wednesday, and the result was splendid.
“It’s so fun for us to just play a concert,” Martin mused near the end of the set. “We haven’t done a concert in a while!”
Indeed, Coldplay has been busy playing the Super Bowl and awards shows, and prepping a tour that kicks off on March 31. The indigO2 gig was a way to road-test some of the new material, and an excuse to light up thousands of faces when songs like “A Sky Full of Stars” and “Viva La Vida” dropped.
U.S. fans will have to wait until July to see Coldplay’s new live set, but rest assured, it’s still delightfully bombastic and proudly irresistible. The band opened the BRITs with “Hymn for the Weekend,” but the real show happened a few hours later, a few meters away from the awards ceremony.
1. A Head Full of Dreams
3. Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
5. Charlie Brown
6. Hymn for the Weekend
7. Fix You
8. Viva La Vida
9. Adventure of a Lifetime
10. A Sky Full of Stars
11. Til Kingdom Come