Alternative rockers Coldplay have been extraordinarily successful, winning countless awards and becoming the first band to sell over one million digital albums in America. Coldplay tickets sell faster with each tour as growing numbers of fans clamour to see one of the world’s biggest bands.
It was different back in 1996, when four students at University College London divided their spare time between busking and gigging in pubs under the name ‘Starfish’. By 1999 they’d renamed themselves ‘Coldplay’ (a friend’s suggestion), released three EPs and were gigging with Catatonia at London’s Astoria. Tipped for stardom by the NME, Coldplay recorded a session for Radio One’s Steve Lamacq and subsequently signed with Parlophone Records.
The NME was right. Coldplay’s first album Parachutes charted at number one in 2000 and picked up a Grammy the same year. Greater acclaim followed with their second album, 2003’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, especially for singles ‘Clocks’ and ‘The Scientist’. An international tour, festival gigs and more Grammys resulted.
Success continued unabated with 2005’s X & Y which debuted at number 1 in twenty countries and became the year’s bestselling album, spawning hits ‘Fix You’ and ‘Talk’ and a spate of sell-out gigs.
Coldplay’s fourth album, 2008’s Viva la Vida became one of the fastest selling albums in UK history and marked a change in musical direction and vocal style for the band.
Now Coldplay return with a new album. Expect more global acclaim. Expect a spectacular world tour. And expect Coldplay tickets to sell out fast.