Coldplay ‘lights’ up FedEx field


By Dinanda Pramesti, Lifestyle Editor

Going to concerts always seems to happen for me during the summer, specifically in August. It happened this year, when I got early tickets to see Coldplay at FedEx Field for my friend and I.

We’ve always been huge fans of Coldplay. We watched their “A Head Full of Dreams” tour videos on YouTube to mentally and emotionally prepare ourselves for the fireworks, strobe lights, balloons, confetti, xylobands (a light up wristband that the audience gets to wear) and the immense energy they bring to the audience. However, we knew that we weren’t going to be prepared for what was about to come

They exceeded all expectations.

Coldplay’s live performance was filled with eye-catching visuals and the stadium illuminated with bright colors. One of the many things that I enjoyed about this concert was that they played most of their chart-topping hits, such as “Yellow” and “Adventure of a Lifetime.”

One of the few songs that they opened with was “The Scientist,” a moody and slow anthem that analyzes broken relationships. The audience immediately knew all the lyrics and sang along with fervor.

At one point, Chris, the lead singer, stopped to let the audience sing the rest of the lyrics. Along with that, came “Lights” and “Fix You,” which were sentimental songs about broken people.

Afterwards, they played “Paradise” which is a song about reaching your dreams. The stage was filled with shades of purple and our xylobands synchronized with the lyrics.

As the night progressed with stadium anthems such as “Viva La Vida,” “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Hymn for the Weekend,” Coldplay used their sublime displays of fireworks shooting off into the night sky, gigantic balloons and confetti descending upon the audience, and, of course, lights and smoke machines.

The night definitely ended on a high note. We left the concert very satisfied; we could not have asked for anything more. Coldplay finished 30 minutes late, as the audience wanted more songs from them, and they willingly delivered.

Photo by Dinanda Prametsti