Years of fake posters later, the most-streamed band in the world, Coldplay, are finally coming to Manila. 8,000 tickets were sold out in 6 minutes during the pre-sale, while the rest of the tickets were snapped up during the public sale period. Over 30,000 fans are expected to fill up the MOA Concert Grounds on April 4, Tuesday. Manila is the second stop of the Asian leg of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour.
Now, not all Coldplay fans will be able to see the band perform next week. Raise your hand if you personally felt victimized by online ticketing sites (whether for Manila or Singapore) during the crazy quest for Coldplay tickets.
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We've created a guide to help Coldplay fans have an Adventure of a Lifetime at Coldplay's first-ever Manila concert. But we didn't forget about fans who, for one reason or another, will not be able to make it to Tuesday's concert.
And this is why we decided to create our own dream Coldplay set list. For those who do not trust either third-world Internet or their friends' Facebook Live-ing skills, we've got you covered. From the band's signature songs to a few songs by other people, old favorites to new hits, we came up with a 31-strong list for what we call "In My Place: A Head Full of Coldplay Concert Dreams."
Set List Staples
No concert is ever good enough without a good sing-along with an ounce of nostalgia. These are the songs that no Coldplay concert should be without:
Bonus: An acoustic performance of Yellow with Noel Gallagher on guitar and Chris Martin on vocals.
The Scientist, A Rush of Blood to the Head
Clocks, A Rush of Blood to the Head
Bonus: Coldplay performs Clocks with Alicia Keys on piano at Summer Sonic in 2008.
Fix You, X & Y
Viva la Vida, Viva la Vida
Songs by Other People...
It's a Coldplay concert tradition to include one cover song in the set list. For the Singapore show, the band played their version of David Bowie's 'Heroes'. Here are some songs we would love to hear the boys play:
(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party) by The Beastie Boys
The band played this License to III track by the Beastie Boys as a tribute to Adam Yauch after he passed away to cancer in 2012.
Imagine by John Lennon
Coldplay decided to postpone a concert in LA, which was scheduled for livestream, in the wake of the Bataclan concert shooting in 2015. The band decided to push through with a smaller, more intimate concert where they performed songs from the old albums - including a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine', as a tribute to the victims of the incident.
Beautiful Day by U2
Chris Martin and the legendary Bruce Springsteen took over vocal duties for Bono at U2's performance for the World Aids Day benefit in New York after the vocalist was injured in a biking accident.
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
At Glastonbury 2011, Coldplay used Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World as an intro to the emotionally charged 'Fix You'.
Can't Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue
Coldplay performed a cover of Kylie Minogue's Cant' Get You Out of My Head at Glastonbury 2005. The performance was received well by the massive crowd, with them singing la la la, la la la la la...
...And Songs with Other People
Coldplay has also been seen singing their own songs with other people. The band has collaborated with the likes of Rihanna, Avicii, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and most recently, um, The Chainsmokers.
Princess of China, Mylo Xyloto featuring Rihanna
Lost+, Prospekt's March EP featuring Jay-Z
Let's take it back to the start
Some of our favorite Coldplay songs were from the early 2000's. Here's a mix of Coldplay classics and some deep cuts from their EPs and live albums:
Warning Sign, A Rush of Blood to the Head
In My Place, A Rush of Blood to the Head
Speed of Sound, X & Y
The Hardest Part/ Postcards from Far Away, X & Y/ Viva La Vida
God Put A Smile Upon Your Face/ Talk, A Rush of Blood to the Head/ X & Y
One I Love, Live 2003
Til Kingdom Come, X & Y
Prospekt's March/Poppyfields, Prospekt's March EP
See You Soon, The Blue Room EP
Life in Technicolour
There was a time when Coldplay sang sad songs and they were your go-to band when you wanted to cry. Coldplay still makes some people cry, but these days, the band has matched their colourful songs with equally vibrant live sets:
Life In Technicolour II, Prospekt's March EP
Strawberry Swing, Viva La Vida
Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, Mylo Xyloto
Magic, Ghost Stories
Paradise, Mylo Xyloto
Charlie Brown, Mylo Xyloto
Adventure of a Lifetime, A Head Full of Dreams
Always in My Head, Ghost Stories
Everglow, A Head Full of Dreams
A Sky Full of Stars, Ghost Stories
Up & Up, A Head Full of Dreams
Thank you and goodnight!
Coldplay Live in Manila is happening on April 4. Limited tickets available via SM Tickets. Over 200 sellers are selling #ColdplayManila tickets via OLX. (This is a Warning Sign to be careful with purchases!)