Verge’s Artist of the Week: Coldplay

Today’s artist of the week is nothing new to the UK circuit. Although known and loved world-wide, it will never be forgotten that they got there start here in London at the University College. This band, of course, is the alternative rock britpop foursome Coldplay, who has just released their seventh, and rumoured last, studio album A Head Full Of Dreams.

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Coldplay was formed in 1996 by the lead singer Christ Martin and lead guitarist Jonny Buckland. After a few name changes and more band members added, they eventually became Coldplay and got to releasing their debut album Parachutes in 2000 headed by the forever cherished single “Yellow”. Since then, they have released 6 more albums, won a number of awards, including 8 Brit Awards, as well as have been supporters of various causes including Hope for Haiti Now and Band Aid 20.

18 months have passed since their last studio effort Ghost Stories. We have heard a few of their new singles including “Adventure of a Lifetime” and the Queen B featured track “Hymn for a Weekend.” And now today, though the album has been available for streaming on a few exclusive sites including Apple Music, Tidal and Google Play, it is now available for free streaming on Spotify.

The band, having not gone on tour for 3 years, has set a return to the live stage with a 2016 tour for the album. Martin was quoted saying that not going on tour for that long “gave us such pent-up energy in the studio and completely reignited everyone’s desire to go around the world and play music. ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ was written as a record to be performed live. We can’t wait to do that.”

Coldplay will play the following live dates in the UK, Manchester Etihad Stadium on June 4th and 5th, Glasgow Hamden Park on June 7th, London Wembley Stadium on June 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th, as well as a world-wide tour and a highly anticipated live performance at the 2016 Super Bowl half-time show.

Make sure to give their new album a listen and get tickets to their tour soon, it might just be your last chance to see them live!

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