HUNDREDS of people from Hartlepool and east Durham beat the rain and a Metro rail strike to enjoy a sell-out gig.
Just over 55,000 fans flocked to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland to enjoy a vibrant show from chart toppers Coldplay.
Gig-goers were handed wristbands as they entered the home of the Black Cats, but it didn’t become apparent as to why until the four piece launched into opening number Mylo Xyloto.
The multi-coloured bands flashed in synch to the music and the stadium was transformed into a pulsating kaleidoscope of colour and light.
The crowd were soaked through before Coldplay even arrived on stage but singer Chris Martin proved to posses the perfect cocktail of charisma, showmanship and passion to lift their spirits through the roof.
He sprung into life as soon as fireworks opened the show and never let up as the band worked through a selection of tracks from their new album and classic Coldplay anthems.
Early doors he yelled: “If you give us everything you’ve got we’ll give you everything we’ve got.”
And indeed they did.
The crown were heavily involved in the show and during the anthemic Yellow saw fans joining in a sing-along before it broke into its distinctive guitar riffs.
It’s easy to forget just how many good songs Coldplay have released but with The Scientist, God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, Paradise, Charlie Brown, Clocks and more all featuring on the set list this was a tour-de-force of chart-toppers.
As if peppering the songs with lasers, lights, inflatables and confetti wasn’t enough, the band disappeared from the main stage only to appear on a small acoustic stage at the other end of the venue.
It was during these pared-down tracks, Us Against the World and Speed of Sound, that Chris’ strong voice really shone before the band made a daring dash down the West Stand concourse to get back to the main stage.
As the final songs, Fix You and Every Teardop is a Waterfall, rang out around the stadium, fireworks shot into the night sky marking an explosive end to an electric evening.
– KATY WHEELER