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Coldplay Headlines BBC Radio One’s ‘One Big Weekend’


Coldplay headlined the BBC Radio One’s One Big Weekend in Glasgow on May 24, and their 25,000-strong audience absolutely loved it. The 10-song set list included some great sing-along classics like “Yellow” and “Clocks”; the latter of which snuck in a few bars of One Direction’s “Best Song Ever”.

Glaswegian fans have quite a reputation for really getting involved in concerts and festivals, and thankfully Coldplay really played up to this fact. Opening up with “Paradise” was a smart choice, as it really started the gig off with a massive bang. That “bang” continued as the confetti cannons shot out at the unsuspecting yet delighted crowd, only to be followed by something even bigger: fireworks.

From their new album, “Ghost Stories”, they debuted the intimate-sounding “Oceans”, taking their fans back to that slower and somewhat romantic style that made them famous after the launch of their first album, “Parachutes”. Wisely, though, they followed that song with the livelier “A Sky Full of Stars” (guest-produced by Avicii) which really got the crowd going again.

Chris Martin truly commanded the stage, and although the ups and downs of introspective vs. anthem classics may have seemed a bit all over the place, the mood changes offered an interesting dynamic; something that could be said about Coldplay as a whole.

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