I'm literally speechless right now. Gobsmacked. There aren't enough superlatives available to express what over 52,000 Queenslanders witnessed last night as arguably the world's greatest modern era band, Coldplay, rocked Australia's greatest stadium to its foundations.

Pre-show inside Suncorp Stadium
Grungy, multi-coloured grafitti littered the stage setup

Openers - The Temper Trap

How fortunate I feel to be able to catch The Temper Trap yet again in 2012, and indeed this time on such an amazing stage. I mean, their Sydney Opera House gig earlier in the year was something pretty special, but tonight's warm-up set was full of energy, the band's usual epileptic inducing, strobing light show, and plenty of Dougie chitter-chatter.

All the ingredients were there.


The Temper Trap support Coldplay at Suncorp Stadium
The Temper Trap support Coldplay at Suncorp Stadium
The Temper Trap's Dougie steps out into the light
The Temper Trap support Coldplay at Suncorp Stadium

Roadie 42's pano

As the army of black t-shirted minions appeared once again to break down and refurbish the stage ready for the main event, a member of Coldplay's stage crew appeared centre stage with a tripod.

Roadie 42 setting up his Suncorp Stadium panoramic shot
Is that you Roadie 42???

"Roadie 42", as he is known, proceeded to snap off a number of frames which were stitched together to produce the following monster panoramic, made available on the band's website this morning.

A packed Suncorp Stadium for the Coldplay concert
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The Coldplay magic begins!

Through an immediate explosion of pyrotechnics, rainbow lasers, flashing neon lights and an immersive experience like none I've ever experienced before, Coldplay took us all on a journey spanning their impressive collection of hits and unmistakable anthems.

Highlights for me?

  • The opening couple of tracks – Mylo Xyloto, Hurts Like Heaven and all the production value that came along with these two great songs.
  • Chris' tribute to Brissie boys Powderfinger, through a cover of their song "My Happiness". What a stellar, surprising moment that was (see below).
  • Back-to-back-to-back anthems "Viva La Vida", "Charlie Brown" and "Paradise".
  • "Fix You". Say no more.
  • Those simple, colourful, flashing arm bands. What a sweet, natural progression from the ol' cigarette lighter!
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Coldplay Setlist

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (Wednesday, 21 November, 2012)

  1. Mylo Xyloto
  2. Hurts Like Heaven
  3. My Place
  4. Major Minus
  5. Lovers in Japan
  6. The Scientist
  7. Yellow
  8. Violet Hill
  9. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
  10. Princess of China
  11. Up In Flames
  12. Warning Sign
  13. My Happiness (Powderfinger cover)
  14. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
  15. Viva La Vida
  16. Charlie Brown
  17. Paradise
  18. Us Against The World *
  19. Speed of Sound *
  20. Clocks **
  21. Fix You **
  22. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall **

* Encore 1
** Encore 2


Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Coldplay play Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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