Aiming for greener gigs, Coldplay won't tour new album

Katie Ramirez
November 22, 2019

"We're taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour cannot only be sustainable [but] ... actively beneficial", frontman Chris Martin told BBC News.

"Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally", he explained.

He said Coldplay would be "disappointed" if any future tours were not "carbon neutral" and revealed the band want to make a "positive impact". Martin said that he hopes to one day host a concert that is powered by solar energy, and using only single-use plastics, of course.

Coldplay last traveled the world in 2016 and 2017 during the "A Head Full of Dreams" tour.

It comes after the band revealed the tracks of Everyday Life in the classified adverts of their local newspapers.

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The U.K. -based band is set to release its eighth album, "Everyday Life", this Friday, and Martin said there will be no tour following its arrival.

"All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job".

"We've done a lot of big tours at this point", he told the outlet. Instead, the singer announced that Coldplay would play two shows in Amman, Jordan, which the band plans to live stream on YouTube for free. "How do we turn it around so it's no so much taking as giving?"

As BBC News noted, pinning down the exact carbon footprint of a tour-particularly for a band that tours at the scale of Coldplay-can be hard. "The hardest thing is the flying side of things", Martin said. "So I was like, 'You know what ... maybe [I should] just go and watch Glastonbury for a year or so'". "In a very gentle British way, this record is us saying we don't feel different from any human on Earth". The band will also be playing a one-off show next week in the United Kingdom at the Natural History Museum in London.

Coldplay is also scheduled to perform at London's Natural History Museum on November 25 with proceeds being donated to the environmental charity ClientEarth.

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