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Coldplay ‘committed’ to touring sustainably after announcing Music Of The Spheres tour

British band Coldplay has announced its global stadium tour in 2022 which will accompany the new album, Music Of The Spheres. 

There will be a twist to the traditional touring set-up as the band is trying to make the tour as sustainable as possible through a series of initiatives. 

In 2019, Coldplay committed to making all future tours as environmentally friendly as possible and has set a series of goals to achieve this. 

The band hopes to cut direct emissions by 50% compared to their most recent tour between 2016 and 2017. 

Coldplay also hopes to power shows entirely by renewable, super-low emission energy with solar installations at each venue, waste cooking oil, a kinetic stadium floor and kinetic bikes powered by fans. 

When the fans move and dance, they will help to power the concert.

This power will be stored in the first ever mobile and rechargeable show battery which has been developed and created in partnership with BMW. These batteries are recycled from the batteries of the fully electric car, the BMW i3. 

The tour will also attempt to offset as much CO2 as possible by planting a tree for every ticket sold. The band will also provide each venue with a list of sustainable practices and encourage fans to use low-carbon transport to and from shows. Those that arrive at a concert using environmentally friendly alternatives will receive a discount at the venues. 

The tour begins on March 18 at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica before moving on to the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The US leg of the tour begins on April 23 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, with gigs also planned at SoFi Stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Soldier Field, among others.

The tour will then move to Europe with two gigs at Deutsche Bank Park in the German city of Frankfurt, before concerts in Warsaw, Berlin, Paris and Brussels. Coldplay will then play three nights at London’s Wembley Stadium before the tour concludes at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on August 23. 

Coldplay said: “Playing live and finding connection with people is ultimately why we exist as a band. We’ve been planning this tour for years, and we’re super excited to play songs from across our whole time together. At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis. 

“So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward. We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. 

“It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far.” 

All merchandise will be sustainably and ethically sourced and free drinking will be offered with the further goal of eliminating plastic bottles at every venue. 

The band has also said that 10% of all earnings will be put into funds for environmental and socially-conscious causes, including ClientEarth, The Ocean Cleanup and One Tree Planted. 

A partnership will be formed with climate change experts at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment to quantify the impact of the tour. This will cover both positive and negative impacts the tour has on the environment.

Coldplay added: “If you’d like to come to a show and sing with us, we’re so excited to see you.”

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