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A New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
With two stages at their disposal, Martin dashed through
a seasonal snowstorm of star-shaped confetti to perform
‘In my Place’ on the smaller stage near the edge of the
Fan Pit. The whole group also gave an intimate rendition
of ‘Us against the World’ from this stage. With moving
melodies like ‘Fix You’ interspersed with the more dancier
hits fromMylo Xyloto, Coldplay certainly demonstrated
the diverse range of their extraordinary talents much to the
fans appreciation and approval. For me, their performance
of ‘Charlie Brown’ showcasing the raw genius talent that is
Coldplay was truly breathtaking and as I looked around the
packed arena at my fellow fans I had to pinch myself at the
fact we were so lucky to be experiencing this New Year’s Eve
extravaganza first hand. I would not have missed it for the
world.
Huge balloons spread through the arena as though further
gestures were needed to the party theme and regular vibrant
bursts of fabulous fireworks throughout the evening were
a reminder that we were not only seeing these thrilling
performers, but also one year out and a new one in. The
magical performance of ‘Clocks’ just 10 minutes before
midnight, further built the excitable anticipation for the
New Year’s Eve countdown; and the heavenly ‘Paradise’ with
its meaningful lyrics came neatly to a conclusion with just a
minute to spare. Coldplay’s previous visit to the UAE was
somewhat of a wet affair, but that did nothing to dampen
the spirits of the throngs of fans who returned to see this
latest spectacular laser show. The crowd were certainly
well and truly warmed up – cheers, excited screams and
rapturous applause resonated around the purpose-built
arena throughout the evening – by the time the digital
countdown began to 2012. With huge anticipation in the
air, the arena went wild as we welcomed in a brand new year
and the last song, ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ opened
to euphoric appreciation and applause. This supremely
polished performance was the perfect curtain raiser to
much-anticipated Volvo Ocean Race.
A big Thanks for a Magical Start to a New Year
The exhilarating fireworks display on the Corniche made a
fitting finale to a wonderful evening of entertainment. With
approximately 20,000 concert revellers now in full party
mode as the band left the stage for their own celebrations,
there was no way the evening was about to end. Vibrant,
upbeat tunes came courtesy of a brilliant DJ who made
certain the party atmosphere remained in full swing until
1am. With everyone in such fine spirits, the exuberant
atmosphere in the air was truly infectious and we were a little
sad when the fabulous evening of incredible entertainment
finally drew to a close. However, we felt warm and
contented as we left the arena with fantastic memories of our
New Year’s celebrations as part of a diverse audience drawn
together from every continent by their passion for great rock
music and their mutual desire to see the legendary Coldplay
perform live.
Thank you Flash Entertainment for another sensational
stage show to remember. To be part of the capital’s main
New Year’s Eve party and experience the electrifying
atmosphere first hand with this multi-million album selling
band was an absolute honour and a true pleasure. Jordana
and I agreed this was a fantastic way to spend an evening and
welcome in a New Year. Thanks Coldplay for getting 2012
off to an exceptional start.
COLDPLAY
RAI SE TEMPERATURES AHEAD OF VOLVO OCEAN RACE
Come in out of the cold. It’s time to play. And play was exactly what we did to see the New Year in with
one of the most popular alternative British Rock bands around – truly awesome. The eagerly anticipated
return of Coldplay to Abu Dhabi in a sensational sell out concert to mark the capital hosting the Volvo
Ocean Race far exceeded all expectations. Temperatures quickly rose as the excitable crowds became
immersed in the warmth of this highly celebrated rock band at the Volvo Ocean Race Destination Village
on the Corniche Breakwater. As the band arrived onto the stage to a vibrant blast of colourful fireworks,
so the celebratory tone for the evening was set and from there on in the party atmosphere picked up a
pace. Opening the show with the haunting instrumental Mylo Xyloto was a subtle start to proceedings
before quickly stepping up a gear with the rhythmic ‘Hurts like Heaven’ and whipping the crowd up into
a frenzy as they didn’t need any encouragement to join in and sing along.
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