Preview: Coldplay at Wembley Stadium

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Coldplay is set to play four shows at London’s Wembley Stadium this week (15/06/2016-19/06/2016), their first headline shows in the venue since 2009’s Viva La Vida tour, as the final UK stadium spell in support of 2015’s A Head Full Of Dreams and preceding their Sunday night slot at Glastonbury one week later.

Released in December and preceded by single ‘Adventure Of A Lifetime,’ the band were denied a seventh consecutive first-week number 1 by Adele’s 25, but later achieved the top spot and double platinum certification following their half-time performance with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 50 in February.

Their current tour, which is scheduled to run through the USA throughout the summer and end with an antipodean splash in December, features three stages for an assortment of tracks both rich and acoustic from their catalogue. Speaking to news.com.au, frontman Chris Martin claimed:

“I think we’re just about at the point in our career where we can get through a concert without playing anything shit. Only now. If we put all our amazing songs together that covers about 20 minutes. Then fill the rest with just pretty good ones.”

Support for all four shows comes from London-born soul singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas, whose second LP Blood was noted in our review as “[presenting]La Havas as an artist capable of evoking a range of emotions with her powerful vocal composure.” Over the weekend, she will be joined by Glastonbury psych quartet Reef, whilst the midweek shows will feature BBC Radio 1 favourite Alessia Cara, a teenage singer from Brampton, Ontario, whose own live show reflects the introverted narrative of her debut album Know-It-All.

Tickets for the London dates of the A Head Full Of Dreams tour are sold out.

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