Coldplay has given us over a decade of hits, anthems and heartbreak healers. The British rock band made a two day stop at the Rogers Centre in Toronto during their ‘Head Full of Dreams’ tour and it was nothing short of amazing. Opening acts featured were Aluna George and Izzy Bizu; both delivered their sets well but as for hyping up the audience for the night, left us with much to be desired.
When Coldplay finally took to the stage the dome opened, this was accompanied by the CN Tower lighting up in its beautiful rainbow theme. The arena was filled with applause, cheer and even tears from some fans. The band opened with their single ‘a Head Full of Dreams’ followed by their 2000 hit ‘Yellow’. The energy at the Rogers Centre was simply electrifying.
I must commend the band for involving and engaging the audience in a way I have never witnessed before. Upon entering the venue you were issued a white ‘xyloband’, which served to synchronize the audience bands in various colours to correspond with the set list, creating an unforgettable visual. This also served to create a feeling of unity and equality among the audience, which consisted of fans from every age group and ethnicity; a true testament to the power of music. The band’s lead singer, Chris Martin, addressed the crowd by taking a moment to recognize those throughout the world who are experiencing humanitarian crises such as Syria and Venezuela. He further addressed the fans who traveled far to attend, even giving a shout out to the island of Trinidad and Tobago.
The show was injected with sentiments and messages of love, positivity, peace and equality. The rainbow themed colours of the tour worked to further emphasize this message. Martin also put his efforts in action when at the end of the show he placed the Canadian flag on the centre of the stage, knelt down and kissed it. This was a paramount moment from the night and even went as far as to make headlines the next day.
If you missed their Toronto show you can still catch them at their upcoming shows in Edmonton and Vancouver later in September. You are guaranteed to leave the venue with a head full of dreams and a heart filled with joy.