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Coldplay in Manila: What You Must Know to Have the Best Concert Experience

You'll be among 35,000 other concert-goers, so it's best to come prepared.
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Coldplay caused a nationwide clamor back in November when it was announced that the group was making a stop in Manila, much to the delight of their Filipino fans. If you’re one of the thousands who secured a golden ticket to board that A Head Full of Dreams express, you must be even more excited now, after fellow fans broadcasted their tears, wonderment, and joy while watching the Singapore leg of the world tour over the weekend. While cramming to memorize all the lyrics to "Yellow" and other songs before the big day, we’ve compiled crucial information that will make your concert ticket worth its price.

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THE SETLIST

Will they play my favorites? Of course, this question is on everyone’s mind before a concert. Performances on tours tend to be the same all throughout. The Singapore setlist over the weekend is expected to be identical to the one they’ll be playing tomorrow, April 4, save for the fan-requested number, which varies among their shows across Asia.

THE STATS

The band's Manila show is one of many Asian stops to come and follows the first anniversary of its A Head Full of Dreams tour, which kicked off in Argentina. You may also expect the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds to be packed, as a total of 35,000 tickets were sold. 


THE SENTIMENT

Year after year of recording and touring, Coldplay always comes up with new ways to shake us up emotionally. It’s no doubt because of the way frontman Chris Martin uses music and songwriting as a therapy medium. It’s always been about the relatable nuances of life. Martin’s knack for appointing the perfect word for every lyric comes off as genuine and sincere.

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A Head Full of Dreams, rumored to be the  band’s last album, features upbeat tempos and tracks that revolve around happier times, unlike its predecessor, Ghost Stories. Many of the latest album’s tracks have made it to the setlist and we can expect to be reminded of the mini Martin family reunion when they play "Everglow," which faintly features the voices of Martin’s children, Apple and Moses, and even ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow in the original track.

Speaking of Paltrow, several fan favorites were written with the actress in mind. "Fix You" was written for her after her dad’s passing, which is why some verses cover the loss of someone irreplaceable.

We may also expect older tracks, such as "Don’t Panic," to tell us very personal stories. Around since 1998, the song was inspired by a “slightly disastrous evening Chris had spent entertaining a young lady called Alice Hill.”

MIND YOUR BAGGAGE

You wouldn’t want to ruin your night by being held back by security for bringing prohibited items. A list provided by the organizers includes iPads, professional cameras, GoPros, large bags, headphones, and even signage. See the complete list below:


EXPECT TRAFFIC

This is Manila. With about 35,000 expected concert-goers, it’s inevitable. But you can be aware of the traffic scheme and devise your battle plan from there.

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Hannah Lazatin
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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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