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It was 1996 when Chris Martin, Jon Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion all met in the halls of the University College of London. Little did they know that 20 years later, they would be selling-out the famous Wembley stadium for three consecutive evenings. Nor could they have imagined that their songs, Yellow and Trouble would end up featuring in countless film soundtracks or that they’d end up writing tunes such as Viva la Vida and Fix you that would become well-known anthems for millions of people in different cities across the globe which they would eventually visit and perform in. A total of 665 concerts across the continents demonstrates that Coldplay’s meteoric rise has withstood the test of time thanks to brilliant compositions that have won the hearts and ears of so many. Just as they sing about the skies being full of stars and our heads full of dreams, now, we’d be just as safe saying: the world is full of Coldplay songs.

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The Band in Numbers

What would you think if you were told that someone was prepared to pay over £1,000 for a ticket to see Coldplay live? The group’s massive success is no secret and neither is the fact that they invest huge amounts of time and money into their live shows. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fans are paying an average of £128 on the secondary market to see the band live in action for their A Head Full of Dreams Tour. In the following table, you’ll see some figures from Coldplay’s upcoming tour, along with some figures from Coldplay’s upcoming tour in comparison with that of their previous tours. Appreciate the heights that Coldplay have soared to in 20 years; all with the same manager, Phil Harvey, who also dates back to their times at university.

A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016) 20 years of Coldplay (1996-2015)
Highest price paid for a ticket on the secondary market (Ticketbis) €1089 €1460.90
Average price for a ticket on the secondary market (Ticketbis) €180.00 €156.00
Countries where most secondary market tickets are bought from (Ticketbis) Mexico Spain
Total number of concerts 28 665
City that holds the most concerts London (4) London (42)
Country that holds the most concerts UK (7) USA (270)

Adventure of a Lifetime

20 years of Coldplay (1996-2015): After nearly 20 years of playing together and six world tours, Coldplay has trotted the globe with their music. More than 650 performances, covering distances of thousands and thousands of miles which can be seen in the map below. Move your cursor around and find out the cities most visited by Coldplay throughout the past two decades. The size of the circles represent the amount of times Coldplay have played in the area.

A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016): On November 4th, Coldplay announced on their Facebook page, the release of their new single, Adventure of a Lifetime, which would form part of their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams. Now, the group has already announced the dates of their upcoming tour where they will make 28 stops in 14 different countries. Move around the map and see which cities are in the itinerary for the 2016 tour.

20 years of Coldplay (1996-2015) A Head Full of Dreams Tour (2016)

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Coldplay's Trajectory

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The distance Coldplay would have covered on their A Head Full of Dreams Tour in the time you’ve been reading this report.

Throughout the 96 days on tour, the band will cover a total of 32,213 kilometres (20,016.2 miles), passing through 14 different countries. This means Coldplay will cover an average distance of 3.88 m per second or 14 km (8.7 miles) per hour.

Top 20 lists

To the memory, two decades of songs and performances can trigger numerous anecdotes and the potential for some long lists. What do you think were the English band’s 20 concerts with the highest attendance. What about the 20 most common words in their previous album? Which 20 cities were the first to be visited by Coldplay during the promotion of their first album, Parachutes? Past figures and data have been compiled to bring you the band’s “Top 20 Lists”.

+ 20 cities Coldplay first visited on tour
  1. Pilton
  2. Cambridge
  3. Oxford
  4. Leicester
  5. Liverpool
  6. London
  7. Belfast
  8. Dublin
  9. Glasgow
  10. Edinburgh
  11. Newcastle
  12. Sheffield
  13. Manchester
  14. Leeds
  15. Wolverhampton
  16. Bristol
  17. Portsmouth
  18. Cardiff
  19. Amsterdam
  20. Brussels
+ 20 Coldplay shows with the highest attendance
  1. London / June 2012 (173,596)
  2. Manchester / June 2012 (113,256)
  3. Sydney / November 2012 (92,717)
  4. Paris / September 2012 (77,813)
  5. The Hague / September 2012 (68,274)
  6. Melbourne / November 2012 (63,378)
  7. Barcelona / September 2009 (59,391)
  8. Sydney / March 2009 (55,220)
  9. Sunderland / June 2012 (54,017)
  10. Munich / September 2012 (53,708)
  11. Buenos Aires / February 2010 (53,060)
  12. São Paulo / March 2010 (52,457)
  13. Porto / May 2012 (51,435)
  14. Brisbane / November 2012 (51,294)
  15. London / December 2008 (50,873)
  16. Madrid / May 2012 (50,595)
  17. Copenhagen / August 2012 (50,355)
  18. Paris / September 2009 (49,466)
  19. Los Angeles / May 2012 (48,826)
  20. Zürich / May 2012 (45,116)
+ 20 most visited countries by Coldplay on tour
  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Germany
  4. Canada
  5. Australia
  6. France
  7. Spain
  8. Netherlands
  9. Ireland
  10. Italy
  11. Japan
  12. Belgium
  13. Brazil
  14. Denmark
  15. Norway
  16. Switzerland
  17. Mexico
  18. Sweden
  19. New Zealand
  20. Argentina
+ 20 most played songs on Spotify
  1. A Sky Full of Stars (265,800,000)
  2. Magic (210,670,000)
  3. Paradise (143,180,000)
  4. Fix You (141,190,000)
  5. The Scientist (133,030,000)
  6. Viva la Vida (133,000,000)
  7. Yellow (101,390,000)
  8. Clocks (79,500,000)
  9. Princess of China (79,190,000)
  10. Every Teardrop is a Waterfall (62,200,000)
  11. Charlie Brown (34,950,000)
  12. Trouble (32,295,000)
  13. Speed of Sound (27,650,000)
  14. Princess of China - acoustic (27,620,000)
  15. Violet Hill (23,325,000)
  16. Atlas (23,220,000)
  17. In My Place (23,166,000)
  18. Don't Panic (23,060,000)
  19. Midnight (22,000,000)
  20. True Love (21,788,000)
+ 20 most used words in their last album
  1. together
  2. feel
  3. shoot
  4. world
  5. dreams
  6. head
  7. heart
  8. love
  9. sky
  10. flow
  11. fun
  12. army
  13. drink
  14. full
  15. give
  16. life
  17. people
  18. away
  19. lower
  20. meant
+ 20 collaborations with other artists
  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Avicii
  3. Barack Obama
  4. Beck
  5. Beyoncé
  6. Cat Power
  7. Giorgio Moroder
  8. Jay-Z
  9. Jon Hopkins
  10. Kylie Minogue
  11. Merry Clayton
  12. Michael Stipe
  13. Natalie Imbruglia
  14. Nelly Furtado
  15. Noel Gallagher
  16. Richard Ashcroft
  17. Rihanna
  18. Swedish House Mafia
  19. Timbaland
  20. Tove Lo