Coldplay launched its Brussels tour on Friday evening with the first of four concerts in five days by the British pop group at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels. Some 55,000 people were present and were able to experience a “sound and light” evening during which they were amazed in a crazy atmosphere.
Coldplay, whose last visit to the capital dates back to June 2017, will therefore give four sold-out concerts at the King Baudouin stadium, as part of its world tour (of 73 shows) “Music of the Spheres World Tour”, a reference to the last album “Music of the Spheres” released on October 15. Around 220,000 people are expected in total in Brussels by Tuesday evening. Unheard of in Belgium for outdoor shows by one and the same group.
For the first of these shows, Chris Martin and his friends performed all their greatest hits (Higher Power, Paradise, The Scientist, Viva la Vida, Yellow, Clocks, My Universe, A Sky Full of Stars, Fix You, etc. ). For one of them, after practicing a few rudimentary words of Dutch, the Coldplay frontman even tried an entire song in Flemish! He did not fail to address the Belgian public to put it in his pocket, referring to the passage of the group at its debut at the Werchter festival in 2000 or by winking at Stromae.
To the many songs of a concert lasting more than two hours were added the many visual effects with fireworks at times and especially bracelets equipped with LEDs that all the spectators wore and which illuminated the whole stadium with an arc- rainbow of colors. Compostable bracelets that the British group wanted to collect after the concert, he who bet on an “eco-responsible” tour with biodegradable confetti, eco-cups and energy needs almost entirely supplied by solar panels, a portable battery and a kinetic floor.
Coldplay and the concert organizers had also urged fans to travel to the venue by public transport rather than taking the car. Additional trains have been chartered, the Stib has reinforced its offer, in particular metros, the four evenings of concerts and a special bicycle parking lot has been set up. A few minutes before the concert, there was also very little traffic jam on the Brussels ring or near the stadium.
After the four dates scheduled in Belgium, Coldplay will leave continental Europe and continue its world tour in the United Kingdom, which began in March.