Coldplay have announced the Australian dates for their A Head Full of Dreams tour, including a stop at Suncorp Stadium. And if you think you’re excited, just wait until you hear what Curtis Pitt has to say about it.
This is the band’s first world tour since the Mylo Xyloto tour, which included Australian shows in November 2012.
A Head Full of Dreams is the band’s seventh album, and features singles Adventure of a Lifetime, Hymn for the Weekend and Up & Up. Since its release in December 2015, the album has topped iTunes charts in more than 90 countries and sold more than 3.5 million copies. It’s also cemented Coldplay’s position as Spotify’s most streamed band in the world.
The vibrant album is the follow-up to 2014’s significantly less vibrant Ghost Stories. The band chose not to tour that fragile and lovelorn album, instead heading straight back into the studio to record A Head Full of Dreams.
“I think that not going on tour with Ghost Stories was one of the best decisions we ever made,” says frontman Chris Martin, “because it gave us such pent-up energy in the studio and completely reignited everyone’s desire to go around the world and play music. A Head Full of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live.”
The Grammy winners will bring their tour to Suncorp Stadium, and Treasurer Curtis Pitt says Queenslanders will need to move at the ‘Speed of Sound’ to snare a ticket. See what he did there? There’s plenty more where that came from.
“I’m thrilled to see our iconic stadium yet again being the ‘Talk’ of the town when it comes to international acts,” Mr Pitt said.
“Sometimes it feels like ‘Us Against The World’ when it comes to attracting events like this but there’s ‘Daylight’ between Suncorp Stadium and other venues who’d surely have to look at Brisbane with ‘Green Eyes’.
Mr Pitt says the concert is expected to inject millions into the Queensland economy and create jobs across a range of sectors.
“A sold-out event will typically require around 1,500 staff across catering, security, transport, usher and events. Local traders, accommodation and transport providers and other entertainment venues all benefit from these big shows.
“These major concerts help send ‘A Message’ and raise the profile of Brisbane, promoting the stadium internationally and bring significant economic benefits to Queensland.”
He says Coldplay’s 2012 gig at Suncorp Stadium was ‘Paradise’ for those in attendance.
“Chris Martin and the band have a huge following and continue to push the boundaries in terms of their songwriting, performance, technology and musical innovation so I’m sure Queenslanders will flock to see them again,” Mr Pitt said.
“Stadium events and major concerts aren’t just great economic enablers, they’re ‘Life in Technicolour’ and deliver ‘A Sky Full of Stars’ for fans and a sense of vibrancy for the city.”
If you live in the stadium precinct, Mr Pitt says ‘Don’t Panic’ — you’ll be offered the opportunity to pre-purchase tickets to the concert from 3pm Thursday 26 May to 5pm Sunday 29 May.
For the first time, local residents will be able to access their tickets online through Ticketek, and won’t have to visit the stadium box office.
Mr Pitt says ‘A Hopeful Transmission’ of this special pre-sale will be communicated to the local community via a letterbox drop commencing Monday 23 May.
If you don’t live in the stadium precinct, tickets will go on sale at 3pm Monday 30 May.
A pre-sale for American Express Card members will run from 1pm Monday 23 May to 1pm Thursday 26 May. The Live Nation pre-sale will run from 3pm Thursday 26 May to 5pm Sunday 29 May.
Coldplay will play Suncorp Stadium on Tuesday 6 December. For tickets and more info, visit livenation.com.au.
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