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)
Average price for a ticket on the secondary market (Ticketbis)
Countries where most secondary market tickets are bought from (Ticketbis)
Total number of concerts
City that holds the most concerts
Country that holds the most concerts
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.
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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”.