Cape Town - British group Coldplay
opened their performance in the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday with fireworks and welcomed the screaming crowd with popular songs like their first hit, Yellow
People streamed to the stadium early on Wednesday afternoon. About 47 000 tickets were sold for the concert. It was the first major music event in the Mother City's stadium since U2's 360°
performance in February.
Coldplay's singer, Chris Martin, laughingly told the crowd that the group only returned to South Africa after 12 years "because we had to wait for a visa". The other members of the group are Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion.
South African band The Parlotones were the opening act for Coldplay.
"This is the first time that we're really fans of the group for whom we open," the group's singer, Kahn Morbee said. Except for their performance with the opening of the World Cup, it was the biggest audience for whom they've ever played.
Morbee described Coldplay's music as "a soundtrack for my life". "I know all their music. The first time I heard them, I listened to Radiohead and Travis a lot. Coldplay's music fell exactly between the two. Almost as if they let alternative music marry pop music."
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TV presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen also braved the Fan Walk
with her yellow waterboots. "I previously worked for EMI music and did the marketing of their first album, Parachutes
. I am a big fan. "
Fans on the Fan Walk were very excited about the show. Here and there a few enthusiastic fans were dressed in yellow and full of explanations why Coldplay is so special.
"It's going to be spiritual experience for me," said Tom Dawson-Squibb from Rondebosch . "I've wanted to see the group for eight years and I know all their music."
Nic Pullen, also from Rondebosch, and 14 other friends all wore bright yellow pants.
"We have worked it out. We saw a list of the songs and we watched the show in Rio on the internet.
"Number four will be the song Yellow, and we will stand on our heads like one man when they sing it."
Coldplay closes its short South African tour on Saturday in Johannesburg.