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Live Nation Confirm Coldplay To Hit Australia In 2023

7 May 2023 | 9:05 pm | Stephen Green

A cryptic Tweeted video from Perth's Optus Stadium tonight confirmed that Coldplay will be in Australia this year.

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UPDATE (09/05/23): Coldplay have announced that they will return to Australia in November for a one-off show in Perth. READ MORE


Coldplay's Music Of The Spheres tour is set to hit Australian shores, with a teaser video dropped on Twitter tonight, confirming at least one show at Perth's Optus stadium. While there is no word currently about other cities, it is anticipated that a full run of dates is likely to be announced in the coming days. 

The tour kicked off in Costa Rica’s San José on March 18th 2022 and has progressively made its way around the world, with their Australian dates the only ones not yet confirmed. With shows booked reasonably solidly, there are a few current opportunities to hop downunder with a hole between their July 19 show in Amsterdam and September 20 show in the US. Alternatively, the dates may occur after the US leg of the tour after October. 

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Live Nation have a Coldplay waitlist set up for fans wanting to know when the dates are announced here

Coldplay were last in Australia for 2016's A Head Full Of Dreams tour. Check our our reviews of their Sydney and Melbourne shows. The tour included two stadium shows each in Sydney and Melbourne and it is expected the band will look to a similar itinerary this time around. 

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. 

The Music Of The Spheres tour is also 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 which powers the show across the world. They will also plant a tree for every ticket sold. The band came under fire when the initatives were announced based on 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."

"We could stay at home and that may be better. But we want to tour and we want to meet people and connect with people - so try and do it in the cleanest way possible."

The full Australian tour dates are expected to be announced in the coming days.