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Coldplay halt touring until impact mitigated

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World News
November 26, 2019

COLDPLAY’S CHRIS Martin says the band’s two concerts in Jordan’s capital Amman will be the band’s last international performances until they can work out how to offset the environmental impact from touring.

The 22 November shows, to promote the new album Everyday Life, took place on a rooftop at sunrise and sunset, and were streamed live on Youtube.

“We’re taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial” Martin told BBC News. “All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job.”

The band’s only other show is in the UK, a concert for fans at the Natural History Museum in London on 25 November, with the proceeds going to an environmental charity.

“Every act has a different philosophy and I stand by and admire the band’s stance on this one,” says international agent Steve Strange at X-ray Touring.

“They will tour again. It’s just on this album they’ve decided to take a step back.” He says strategies for reducing the environmental impact from touring, “haven’t been discussed properly, but there will be things brought into place in order to make that work.”

The band last travelled the world with their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which saw them undertake 122 shows across five continents in 2016 and 2017.

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