Coldplay head out on their A Head Full Of Dreams world tour, including stadium shows in Manchester, London and Glasgow.
Coldplay UK tour
Updated: 23 November 2015
Coldplay fans get ready. The band will take over the UK’s biggest venues for their huge 2016 A Head Full Of Dreams World tour.
You can catch the band live at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on 7 June, Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on 4 June and London’s Wembley Stadium on 16 and 18 June.
Coldplay’s tour dates support their brand new album, A Head Full Of Dreams, and Coldplay tickets will give fans a chance to hear their brand new material live in some of the UK’s greats venues.
If you can’t wait until 2016 to see Coldplay live, you can catch them at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball on Saturday 5 December. The band play the annual music event, which takes place at London’s The O2, alongside Jason Derulo, Arianna Grande, David Guetta, Years & Years and many more.
Coldplay – who formed in 1996 and comprises Chris Marin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion – are one of the best live bands that Britain has to offer. Their 2016 tour dates are sure to be some of the greatest live shows of the year.
Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland formed the world conquering Coldplay in 1997, while studying at University College London and living in Camden, North London. Guy Berryman and Will Champion soon completed the line-up, which changed its name several times, from Pectoralz and Starfish, until settling on Coldplay.
The band would soon release three EPs in quick succession. The early material set the style with favourable reviews comparing the band to Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Travis.
The Mercury Prize nominated debut album, Parachutes, followed in 2000 with its anthemic hit single Yellow penetrating the charts and enjoying heavy-rotation on major radio stations. Coldplay had arrived and launched their meteoric rise to the rock pantheon.
A Rush Of Blood To The Head, the 2001 follow-up album, contained a series of chart-storming singles such as Clocks, In My Place and the piano ballad The Scientists. The band was invited by U2 to open during their US dates for their 2001 Elevation Tour, which helped to break Coldplay into the American market.
Coldplay scooped numerous end-of-year polls for Best New Act, Best Live Band and Album of the Year. The band retreated after finishing their tireless touring commitments for A Rush Of Blood To The Head and began work on what would eventually see the light of day as X&Y, their third studio album.
X&Y established Coldplay as a major recording and live act, amongst the biggest bands like U2, Muse, The Rolling Stones and Radiohead, to name but a few. X&Y was released in 2004 and received mixed reviews. Part loved the new album, while others accused the band of stagnation or criticized the at times synthetic ‘80s production.
Nonetheless, supported by anticipation and a string of radio-friendly singles, such as Fix You, the Kraftwerk inspired Talk and Speed of Sound, the album arrived at No.1 in the UK, becoming the third-fastest selling album in UK charts history. The Twisted Logic Tour in support of X&Y saw the band play the biggest arenas in front of sold-out audiences around the world.
While X&Y and the Twisted Logic Tour were commercially successful, the band knew their next album needed to send a clear signal out and pave the way forward for Coldplay. Taking advise from Chris Martin’s rockstar pals,U2, Coldplay enlisted Brian Eno as producer and musical collaborator for the song-writing sessions.
Promotion duties for X&Y and intense song-writing and recording sessions delayed the next release for four years. The new album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, was released in 2008 and was preceded by lead single, Violent Hill.
The new sound signalled a departure from the band’s previous work but still had all the hallmarks of a classic Coldplay album to please old fans, as well as gaining new ones. The album’s title-track and second single, Viva La Vida, saw Chris Martin and his band mates embracing a more recognisable Coldplay style. The song’s big chorus and repetitive synth melody catapulted the single into the top of the charts; it received multiple-Platinum certification and became a live favourite during the subsequent ViVa La Vida World tour, which saw Coldplay tickets completely sell-out.
The band’s fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, was a long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s Viva La Vida and included the song Princess of China, a duet with Rihanna. The album was recorded at and produced at Coldplay's North London studio, The Bakery.