Coldplay has announced that the new, eco-friendly world tour will be driven in part by fans’ kinetic energy as they dance, along with power-producing bikes.
- Coldplay stopped touring earlier to find more sustainable ways to do concerts
- Frontman Chris Martin says kinetic energy from bikes and dance will help drive their new show
- The band announced their new tour a day before the release of their new album
Frontman Chris Martin, however, admitted to the BBC that they risked criticism from fans and environmentalists as the band still enjoyed the use of private jets.
“The people [who] give us backlash for the kind, to fly, they are right. So we have no argument against that, “Martin said.
But he said the band would still “tour” and we would meet people and get in touch with people, then [the band tries to] do it in the purest way ”.
The tour was announced a day before the release of the band’s new album, Music of the Spheres, on Friday.
The tour starts in March and goes to Central and North America, Europe and ends in Rio de Janeiro in September, with more dates on the way.
No Australian dates have been set yet.
The announcement came with a list of “sustainability initiatives”, including a plan to reduce their total emissions by half compared to their last trip in 2016-17.
During this recent turn, kinetic flooring will generate electricity as fans move.
It’s not clear how much of the band’s show will be powered by punter-generated electricity, but Coldplay’s website also says the show will rely on renewable energy and batteries and avoid fossil fuels as much as possible.
The band will also plant a tree for each ticket sold.
About 5.4 million people bought tickets for their last tour.
In 2019, Martin said that Coldplay took a break from concerts with global trotting to “find out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but also] how can it be actively beneficial “.
“We do not get everything right, but we are committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn.”
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