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Coldplay made a triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall on 1 July 2014 in the first of two in-the-round concerts at the venue celebrating the release of Ghost Stories, the band’s chart-topping sixth studio album.

Tickets for the two shows were snapped up by lucky devotees in a matter of minutes, but fortunately for the thousands of disappointed fans sitting at home the entire show was broadcast live on Absolute Radio.

Here are some photos from an unforgettable night at the Hall:

alt text) London-based electronic duo and the evening’s support act AlunaGeorge kicked the night off.

alt text) The BRIT Award nominees performed songs from their debut album Body Music.

alt text) “This is gonna be fun” – Chris Martin’s words as he walks out on stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time since he joined Jay Z at the venue back in 2006.

alt text) The stage was placed in the centre of the auditorium, creating an intimate atmosphere for a band who usually find themselves filling stadia around the world.

alt text) The band performed songs from all 6 Coldplay albums, from 2000 debut album Parachutes up to 2014’s Ghost Stories.

alt text) The show was Coldplay’s first appearance at the venue as a band since their debut at the 2003 Teenage Cancer Trust season. The 11 years that have past have seen the band release four international-chart-topping albums and headline countless stadiums, arenas and festivals in every corner of the world.

alt text) Those lucky enough to have seats in the Arena were just feet away from the band.

alt text) Isn’t this place so beautiful? the frontman asks the crowd in a venue he and his bandmates used to regularly visit themselves. Aside from a number of famous faces in the crowd, including One Direction’s Niall Horan, was Martin’s father, who had folksy X&Y track Til Kingdom Come dedicated to him.

alt text) A Sky Full Of Stars hung above the stage.

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All images: Christie Goodwin, 2014. www.christiegoodwin.com

Setlist

Always in My Head

Charlie Brown

Paradise

Magic

Clocks

The Scientist

God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Til Kingdom Come

Don’t Panic

Everything’s Not Lost

Ink

True Love

Viva La Vida

Midnight

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

Oceans

A Sky Full of Stars

Fix You

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