Coldplay rocks Cape Town

2011-10-06 08:03
Marelize Potgieter
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.



  • nicog1 - 2011-10-06 08:27

    Music great as usual, but the organisation for entrance to ground, then into the actual stadium and again the bottleneck trying to get onto the general area was worse than the ANCYL annual Bash-o-rama! As a result the WHOLE of Parlotones show was missed being stuck in the queue! Did the organisers NOT learn from U2 or the SWC?

      Wes - 2011-10-06 09:08

      Whose fault is it that you didn't go early enough?

      MelaninDisad - 2011-10-06 09:19

      @Wes - a closed mouth gathers no foot. At 8PM we were waiting for armbands in order to access the general standing area. One of the access control staff told me that when they opened the gates, the armbands hadn't arrived yet. It was poor organising, bottom line. They were fantastic. Nicog, no biggie missing the Parlotones though. They were paltry.

      DracoLusus - 2011-10-06 09:48

      @MelaninDisad Aren't the Parlotones always like that?

      Nathan Blows - 2011-10-06 16:54

      @MelaninDisad We got there about 10 minutes after the gates opened and we got our arm bands for the general standing area.

  • Jacques le Roux - 2011-10-06 08:41

    Congratulations to Bigconcerts for putting together a great show. Coldplay was awesome. I do however feel cheated, as a seating ticket holder, the stage was moved back, to accommodate more people, putting me further away from the action. I feel customers that bought there tickets before Monday's extra releases should be compensated.

  • CB57 - 2011-10-06 08:59

    Great concert Cold Play! Pity the sound for the Parlotones was so bad; the instruments drowned out Khan's voice - change your sound person - did you a disservice. But really big props to the City of Cape Town traffic department! We had to drive in and it only took us 45 minutes and 25 minutes to get home - well done to all of you - impressive!

      cvdwesthuizen - 2011-10-06 09:22

      Unfortunately Parlotones do not have the same instruments as Coldplay and therefore they can not have the same sound set-up. They also did not do a sound-check before the show.

      Shumba - 2011-10-06 09:48

      it is common practice at concerts for the sound quality of supporting acts to be reduced, so that when the main act comes on it sounds that much better.

  • WALOK - 2011-10-06 09:06

    @CB57, we had good sound for The Parlotones but poor for Coldplay, opposite to you, we were in the stands to the right if facing the stage.

      CB57 - 2011-10-06 09:18

      Interesting, we were seated at the back facing the stage. Says something about the stadium acoustics and bluntly, the expertise of the sound people. My mentor in the music biz always maintained that this was one of the biggest mistakes people make in a poor acoustics venue; they don't check for the "weak spots". Ah well ... still an awesome evening.

  • Gary - 2011-10-06 09:11

    Great concert. Sound was awesome. The BRT is a credit to our city. 40min into town and 30min back. No traffic hassles , no problems.

  • Neutedop - 2011-10-06 09:15

    What a show. Way better than U2. Organizing was great - City of Cape Town traffic perfect and friendly. Parlotones sounded worse - oldest trick in the book - let your opening act not blast on all cylinders. Great show - lot of spontaneous in it - and seemed like the band enjoyed themselves. Worth every cent! And PS - thanks for the huge space in Golden Circle - makes it worth paying extra!

      FearoPhobia - 2011-10-06 10:19

      It could not possibly be better than U2 :P

  • Mom & Moody - 2011-10-06 09:16

    Had an amazing time. Coldplay, you guys rock my world!

  • pragmatism - 2011-10-06 09:28

    coldplay, what's that...

  • ppdaniels - 2011-10-06 09:41

    I have never experienced a fiasco like last night re the organisation of the event, it took us 90 minutes to get into the ground, our seats (lower level section 124) were barracaded off so we had to climb over to sit and the drink ran out at 10pm. The concert didnt finish until 10:45pm. Thankfully Coldplay did a great job and played awesome music but the organisers need to get thier act together as it ruined a lot of peoples night, I am surprised that there was not trouble as some areas were close to rioting due to the inabilities of the security & marshalls.

      Shumba - 2011-10-06 09:51

      disagree entirely, thought the organization was great. and the drinks didn't run out, they intentionally stopped selling alcohol after 10pm.

  • Princess_Coco - 2011-10-06 09:56

    From what I can remember lastnite - I had a blast!!!!

  • Gouni-Mae Montgomery - 2011-10-06 09:58

    . It took us almost an hour after entering the grounds to finally find someone who could direct us to where our seats were. This involved interacting with at least eight of Big Concert's "stewards" and "security guards", none of whom knew the layout of the stadium. Some training perhaps, pre-concert, would go a long way? Or at least give each one a map of the layout of the stadium. We were not alone in this. On our second trip in the wrong lifts (directed by your "stewards") there was a shouty (understandably) girl who had spent 40 minutes being mis-directed to the standing area. This is not only unpleasant for concert-goers, but your untrained "stewards" too, who then have to deal with angry patrons. We were finally helped by a fabulous stadium staff member and went in a third lift and managed to make it just in time to see The Parlotones leave the stage. Great. 3. The sound was bad. Admittedly, we were in the cheap seats (327, yellow) but not cheap enough to warrant not actually being able to distinguish what Chris Martin was saying or singing half the time. Perhaps it's the acoustics of the stadium but, if that is the case, don't sell seats in those areas, you're ripping people off.

      Batonage1000 - 2011-10-06 10:39

      I agree re the sound - we were in the same area as you, and frankly I couldn't distinguish the lyrics of the songs. I got home last night and everyone is raving on Twitter about how great the concert was, yet I could hardly hear anything other than percussion. The moment a guitar was added, I couldn't hear anything. They need to have a relook at the acoustics of the venue and make sure its suitable. We were in a similar area with U2 and I wasn't crazy about the sound quality there either.

  • ferrera - 2011-10-06 10:04

    That was the softest 'rock' concert I ever attended. There are so many bureaucratic rules these days that I fear I will never experience a true rock concert in SA ever again. I am only allowed to buy two beers at a time, I need to go outside the stadium to smoke, the girl behind me goes into a fit since I'm standing in front of her and are taller than her (sorry i got good genes), I need to clap a band back onto stage to hear their best song (after paying R400 a ticket - wtf). I long for the days where rock bands opened with their best songs since it is just such a good song and they cant wait to play it, where people happily moshed and didn't go into a fit since the person in front of them moved, where my biggest concern for the evening was how on earth am I going to carry all this booze by myself... Anyway, I sound like my father. I guess you need to adopt with the times ...or just buy the dvd .

      Cyberscep - 2011-10-06 10:34

      You sound like my old Maths teacher - I strongly suggest you buy the DVD!

      James Peter - 2011-10-06 10:38

      Agree. I'm quite a big lad and as much as I tried to convince the barman that I could easily handle carrying 3 cups of beer, nope, only allowed 2. The problem is actually caused by the tannie winging in the comment just above yours. Some people need to be spoon fed and protected the whole way, led by their hand to their chairs cause reading a number and matching a colour is just too much. Otherwise when something goes wrong and they actually have to think for themselves, they moan and complain until the sun sets. It destroys freedom to enjoy because of the red tape these people cause.

      Neutedop - 2011-10-06 10:43

      hahahaha - Entertaining read! But Saffas suck when it comes to concerts - they need to watch a ACDC in Wembley - to truly understand a mosh pit. Or Rage agains the Machine. On the other hand - Coldplay is a quit mellow rock band.

      Neutedop - 2011-10-06 11:22

      Hahahahaha - James - colourblind is their downfall! totally agree - some people will find anything to complain - even if they are to useless to match a colour and seat number.......suprised they even found the stadium!

  • Marius - 2011-10-06 10:44

    I went through early, got seated and had a blast. Well done to all involved!

  • Michelle Bianca - 2011-10-06 12:19

    Coldplay's gig was spectacular, I really feel sorry for you if you missed out. Only criticisms from my side are the Coldplay caps that were advertised for R100 on BIG Concerts facebook but sold for R150; the fact that Golden Circle ticket holders had a HUGE amount of space whereas in General Admission Standing we were packed like a tin of sardines against each other; and the stage was set up too far back which dwarfed the band. Other than that, the band and the music were really incredible, best performance I've ever seen from anyone!

  • nimhu - 2011-10-06 13:09

    My two cents worth: I timed my entrance to co-incide with the parlotones ending (cant stand their drivel). We got into the stadium easily without hassle and headed towards... 1.The Beer queue - a marvel of perfect organisation, seriously never have i waited in a queue of around 30 people and got to the front in under 4 minutes. I didnt even have time to wodner if it would take long. I cant believe anyone hasnt thought of the technique employed last night before. Big up on that. 2. Was super pissed as paid R665 for golden circle only to be issued seated tickets at the same price that STATED VIP Lounge on them. computicket claims if they sell out they simply bump you into the next section and charge you for the ones you ordered. When i paid online it reflected Golden Circle. When I fetched my tickets I had seat numbers? At the time I let it slide as i assumed my seats would be pretty incredible for the same price as golden circle. Anyway on arrival at my seats I was horrified - the stage was so far away I couldnt see humans on it. It meant Id be watching the entire show on the screens alone. Anyway my partner and I then had to cross the entire stadium at our own risk (of being turned away) and headed for golden circle and demnded entrance. Luckily they let us in!!! CONCERT ROCKED. Coldplay are amazing. Evening ended happily ever after. *however check your tickets super carefully from computicket as they told me this happens OFTEN*

  • Batster - 2011-10-06 13:33

    Coldplay can't perform live! Big concerts are terrible organizers and the sound was crap for both acts!!! I feel robbed by big concerts and coldplay..

      Michelle Bianca - 2011-10-06 16:36

      Did you maybe watch a different Coldplay in a different stadium to the rest of us last night?! Coldplay are fantastic live, it's just the stadium's sound is a bit up know what

  • rezeen daniels - 2011-10-06 14:59

    Fans were not there early Wednesday, My self and friends camped over Tuesday night already guaranteeing our golden circle spot which we did, Brilliant performance!

  • Scaramouche - 2011-10-06 20:57

    Fantastic concert, brilliant to be at Cape Town Stadion for 1st time and I thought that everything was well organised. Coldplay sang their last song at 22:30. We got back at the car at 23:00 and had no trouble getting out of the city!! What an amazing experience!!

  • preshen govender - 2011-10-07 07:43

    Coldplay compose music with life changing and thought provoking lyrics like :"I rather be a comma then a full stop"

  • evanx - 2011-10-07 15:07

    Sound was so vrot - in the stands at the back - i don't know if its bad accoustics for the stadium - i presume so - in which case i will never go to a concert there again this is a music concert people - pointless if the sound quality is rubbish !

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