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:
London-based electronic duo and the evening’s support act AlunaGeorge kicked the night off.
The BRIT Award nominees performed songs from their debut album Body Music.
“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.
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.
The band performed songs from all 6 Coldplay albums, from 2000 debut album Parachutes up to 2014’s Ghost Stories.
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.
Those lucky enough to have seats in the Arena were just feet away from the band.
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.
A Sky Full Of Stars hung above the stage.
All images: Christie Goodwin, 2014. www.christiegoodwin.com
Always in My Head
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face
Til Kingdom Come
Everything’s Not Lost
Viva La Vida
Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
A Sky Full of Stars
Well that was pretty incredible. Epic nostalgia-euphoria-amazing-energy-fest.
coldplay</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall pic.twitter.com/ZrWG7LIKeF— Ed Schroeder (@edlovespixels) July 1, 2014The royal Albert hall was rocking tonight! Went t see Coldplay, was incredible ! Never seen them live before, so was a great experience— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) July 1, 2014Thank you so much
coldplay</a> for an absolutely fantastic night at the <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall !!! oh my gosh— Di T (@DiT00Z) July 1, 2014Coldplay – best show ever!
RoyalAlbertHall</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/coldplay">coldplay pic.twitter.com/NYYIlKJFg7— Jon Stuart (@ShanksHD) July 1, 2014May I just say
coldplay</a> THAT was one of the best concerts I've ever been to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/epic?src=hash">#epic</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall pic.twitter.com/CMtGPhoOBo— James Max (@thejamesmax) July 1, 2014Amazing
coldplay</a> gig tonight <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall – #goosebumps #bestever— Matthew Dabell (@MatthewDabell) July 1, 2014Coldplay at the
RoyalAlbertHall</a> were beyond brilliant tonight.</p>— Myleene Klass (KlassMyleene) July 2, 2014Thank you
coldplay</a> for the most amazing gig EVER at the <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall!!! pic.twitter.com/jHwNRSa9s4— Silvia Smeraldi (@SilviaSmeraldi) July 1, 2014So
coldplay</a> just lifted the roof off <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall #magical #takeabowchrismartin— Hannah Reid (@haitchare) July 1, 2014So last night I saw
coldplay</a> in the amazing <a href="https://twitter.com/RoyalAlbertHall">RoyalAlbertHall and probably experienced the best live show of my life. Absolute masterclass— Scouting For Girls (@Scouting4Girls) July 2, 2014
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