Coldplay is taking over the world – and they are doing it meticulously.
In a heroic effort to save the planet from environmental ruin, ‘My Universe’ rockstars pledge to cut carbon emissions by 50% and plant a tree for every ticket sold for their next green world tour in 2022 – which will feature a dance floor that generates electricity from the kinetic energy of the crowd.
“When [I] say, ‘I need you to jump up and down,’ I’ll literally need you to jump up and down, ‘Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told the BBC. “Because if you don’t, the lights will go out. “
The UK group’s tour with low CO2 emissions and reusable energy – named after their upcoming album “Music of the Spheres” – was announced on social media Thusday.
The 10-country showcase – which begins in San José, Costa Rica, in March and ends in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September – will be Coldplay’s first tour in nearly five years. Their last round of world performances dates back to 2017.
Martin, who previously promised Coldplay wouldn’t shoot again until they find a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to get on stage, now says the band has come up with a 12-point plan to reduce their carbon footprint. .
“The entire show is powered by renewable energy,” said Martin, 44, noting that the show’s most interesting source of electricity will come from the fans.
“Two areas of the audience are on a kinetic floor,” added the “Viva La Vida” singer.
The custom flooring runs on a Coldplay battery created in partnership with luxury vehicle brand BMW. The battery is charged with recycled cooking oil, solar energy and human movement.
“And so when they move, they fuel the concert,” Martin continued, adding that there will also be kinetic energy bikes harnessing the energy of the spectators. “The more people move, the more they help.
The group also partnered with the global reforestation association One Tree Planted to plant a tree for every ticket sold for their long-awaited tour.
A whopping 5.4 million fans bought seats on Coldplay’s last tour in 2016 and 2017, which was billed as one of the biggest of all time. The rockers are said to have earned more than $ 500 million from the series.
Other steps to organizing a more eco-friendly tour include reducing air travel and using sustainable aviation fuel when necessary. The singers of “Hymn for the Weekend” will also incorporate reusable materials, such as plant-based plastic and bamboo, into their shows and venues. Plus, they’ll encourage members of the public to download a transportation app that will help them move to and from arenas using the lowest possible emissions at a reduced price.
Despite their welfare efforts, Martin said the group has only made about “50%” of the ecological changes they hope to one day fully accomplish.
“We are doing our best and we have not succeeded,” he admitted, noting that the group is prepared to face “backlash” for their sustainability shortcomings. “[But] we wouldn’t announce a tour if we felt we were far enough along and it was going well in our hearts.
He even said critics of Coldplay were “right” when it came to shaming them for flying in private jets – which pollute the air with noxious gases – during their tour.
But when it comes to reviews daring them to keep filming despite the damage to the planet, Martin says, “We haven’t really got back, except we really would like to.”
“We could stay at home and it could be better,” he continued. “But we want to tour and we want to meet people and connect with people – so try to do it in the cleanest way possible.”