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Coldplay hits New Zealand on their Global Trek

Coldplay played the 70th concert of their world A Head Full Of Dreams tour in Auckland, New Zealand in front of 40,000 appreciative fans. This was their only date in New Zealand, and people travelled the length and breadth of the country to see them. The eclectic mix of ages in the audience reflected the broad appeal of Coldplay’s music.

The set list comprised songs from across their catalogue, each delighted as much as the last. While I was only able to catch the first three songs (up close from within the photo pit) I caught a few more as I left the open air stadium. It was not just the music which struck me as I walked back to the car, it was also the sound of thousands of people singing. This was very much a communal event, managing to be intimate even in such a large space.

Social media reports they were joined later in the show by local boy Neil Finn of Crowded House for a special performance of Neil’s song Four Seasons In One Day.

Despite being one of the biggest bands on the planet, Coldplay still manage to connect with the crowd. This was more than just four musicians on a stage churning out their hits. They were both exhausting and amazing to watch – particularly front man Chris Martin who spent a lot of time running and jumping round the stage while singing and playing guitar.

When I got home I opened my camera bag to upload my photos and discovered the inside was covered with pieces of coloured paper, blown there during my short period in the confetti storms of the first three songs. Just like their music, it had sneaked its way in to my life without me realising it, and unexpectedly brightened up my night.

Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams tour continues for much of 2017 taking in Asia, Europe and the US. If they are anywhere near you, grab some tickets and expect a great night. You won’t be disappointed!

Words and photos by Dave Simpson