Coldplay Officially Announce One-off Australian Show In Perth

9 May 2023 | 12:10 pm | Dan Cribb

"It’s hard to think of a better city for Australians to see Coldplay’s spectacular Music of the Spheres show."

Pic by James Marcus Haney

Pic by James Marcus Haney

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After teasing fans over the weekend, Coldplay have finally revealed details of their return to Australia.

The band will bring their record-breaking Music Of The Spheres World Tour to Perth for an exclusive show at Optus Stadium on November 18.

It will be their first time in WA since 2009 and they will be supported by Amy Shark and Thelma Plum.

“We're so happy to be returning to Perth for an extra special one-off show at Optus Stadium on November 18th this year,” Coldplay said.

“It’s a huge deal for us and we’re massively looking forward to coming back to Western Australia. It’s been way too long.”

The one-off show in Australia was secured via Tourism WA in collaboration with Live Nation and the Western Australian Government. 

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In a press release, Live Nation said “it is expected to drive thousands of visitors to Western Australia to experience an incredible performance, injecting millions into the local economy”.

“The Western Australian Government, through Tourism WA, is proud to support Coldplay’s return to our state after fourteen years, with their first ever concert at our award-winning Optus Stadium,” WA Deputy Premier Roger Cook said.

“This drawcard event is all part of the WA Government's and Tourism WA’s new major events strategy, to bring incredible events to the state that entice visitors to travel to Western Australia and enjoy all WA - the Dream State - has to offer.”

Luke Hede, Vice President of Touring, Live Nation Entertainment, added: “This partnership with the Western Australian Government is set to make history, by bringing one of the world’s most iconic and successful bands, exclusively to Perth in 2023. It’s hard to think of a better city for Australians to see Coldplay’s spectacular Music of the Spheres show, while making a weekend of it in our country’s sunniest capital city.”

Pre-sale kicks off on May 15 at 10am AWST before general public on sale on May 16 at 10am AWST. For more info, click here.

Coldplay were last in Australia for 2016's A Head Full Of Dreams tour. Check out our reviews of their Sydney and Melbourne shows.

The Music Of The Spheres tour, which kicked off in Costa Rica’s San José on March 18th 2022, and has progressively made its way around the world, is one of the most progressive for accessibility.

According to the Coldplay website: 

We want our concerts to be accessible to everyone, and for everyone to have the best possible experience. Here are a few things we are doing for the rest of the tour. At every show we offer local sign language interpreters as well as Subpacs for our D/deaf and hard of hearing guests so that they can feel a stronger connection to the music. We’ve also teamed up with KultureCity to provide sensory bags and a mobile sensory refuge station for those with sensory sensitivities. For guests who are blind or have low vision, we now offer touch tours before the show.

The band have also developed a range of sustainability initiatives including a solar battery system that powers the show across the world. They will also plant a tree for every ticket sold. They came under fire when the initiatives were announced based on the carbon footprint of flying a large-scale tour around the world, but singer Chris Martin told the BBC in 2021 that they were ready for the backlash. 

"I don't mind any backlash at all," he said. "We're trying our best, and we haven't got it perfect. Absolutely. We always have backlash for everything. And the people that give us backlash for that kind of thing, for flying, they're right. So we don't have any argument against that."

The band's ninth studio album Music Of The Spheres was released in 2021 and was an epic pop symphony. While not hitting the commercial highs of their previous albums, it spawned the massive hit My Universe with BTS as well as the ten-minute epic Coloratura. One of the first new albums to take full advantage of Apple Music's spatial audio mixing, the album is a sonic feast.