‘Ten years to get Coldplay to come to SA’

2011-05-09 15:00

It took Big Concerts ten years to get the British alternative rock band Coldplay to perform in South Africa, its CEO Attie Van Wyk has said on Monday. Two shows, in Cape Town and Johannesburg, are planned for October.

“After 10 years of knocking on the door, we are incredibly excited that they have finally confirmed two stadium shows,” he said.

“For Coldplay, it’s the first opportunity to look at the South African market.”

The first concert would be held at Cape Town Stadium on October 5 and the second at FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, on October 8.

The concerts would be held in the same week that Coldplay released their fifth album, said Van Wyk.

The band’s fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, was released in 2008.

Coldplay’s other studio albums are: Parachutes in 2000, A Rush of Blood to the Head in 2002, which spawned popular singles The Scientist, In My Place and Clocks and won Record of the Year at the 2004 Grammys.

Their third album, X&Y, became the best selling album of 2005 with worldwide sales of 11 million.

Van Wyk said there were no indications yet what the concert would be dubbed, but it “may just be named after the new album”.

The band includes the musicians Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin.

In a recent interview with BBC radio, Martin said the new album was about “love, addiction, OCD (obsessive, compulsive disorder), escape and working for someone you don’t like”. It would also have “a lot of uplifting stuff”.

Durban would not host a show as “it’s a soft market”, said Van Wyk. “We run the numbers, and in most cases artists say it’s not worth our while. We very seldom play in Durban and Port Elizabeth. The money one can make doesn’t justify the tour.”

Tickets go on sale at Computicket on Thursday and will be priced from R270 to R635.


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