Sustainability Goes On Tour

WRITTEN BY Caoimhe Mahon

April 6, 2024

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Sustainability Goes On Tour

by | Apr 6, 2024 | Arts & Culture

Caoimhe Mahon

6 Apr, 2024

Imagine being at university and deciding, with a few of your friends, to start a band. Now imagine that band goes on to become one of the biggest bands in the world. Pretty cool, right? Well, this is the reality for some.

In 1997 a group of guys met whilst at University College London and decided to come together and form a band. After playing around with a few different names they finally settled on ‘Coldplay.’ 

Heard of them? 

Well, who hasn’t.

In fact, I guarantee that if you were to scroll through your playlist now there would be at least one or two Coldplay songs on there, no matter your music taste. 

From ‘Paradise’ to ‘Yellow’ the band have released one masterpiece after another and they have the awards to show for it. Now, they are hoping to channel their success into a slightly different arena, that of sustainability. 

When the band first announced their ‘Music Of Spheres Tour’ they had one very clear goal: to make this tour as environmentally beneficial as possible. Considering the stats obtained so far during their current tour I would say that they are doing a pretty good job of it. In comparison to their 2016/2017 stadium tour the band have produced 47% less CO2e emissions this time around with their ‘Music Of Spheres Tour.’ 

In fact, you only have to take a look at their impressive list of environmental highlights to see just what strides are being made by the band and their dedicated team. For example, so far 95% of shows have contained water refill stations for fans, 66% of all tour waste has been diverted from landfill and an impressive 5 million trees have been planted as part of a land restoration attempt (one per concert goer). 

Furthermore, what if I told you that whilst you were having the time of your life at one of their concerts you were also contributing to making the tour more sustainable. 

How?

Well, an impressive 15kWh average power per show is generated, achieved via kinetic dance floors, in-venue solar installations and power bikes. 

Having the cooperation of their fans is crucial in contributing to the sustainable nature of this tour with factors like returning the LED wristbands, used to create a multi-sensory experience, at the end of each performance. 

Come to think of it, they have seemingly thought of it all.  Recently announcing that their entire show would now be run via an “electric battery system” which allows them to use “100% renewable energy.”

Coldplay and their team have not only made a conscious sustainable effort through their tours but have ensured that they are able to extend the benefit to other great ‘green’ causes. Some of the causes benefitting from the bands support include: ‘The Ocean Cleanup,’ ‘Global Citizen’ and ‘Client Earth.’ 

For more information on all things Coldplay and sustainability just visit their website: https://www.coldplay.com/emissions-update/

When it comes to sustainability we all need to play our part so when we see a band, as globally recognised as Coldplay, making such huge strides it certainly instills hope and I think a form of inspiration in us all. 

This August Coldplay will perform at Dublin’s Croke Park, which is sure to be the event of the summer. Imagine being able to attend one of the most highly anticipated concerts of the year; knowing that you could have the time of your life whilst also being a part of a revolutionary musical moment in the world of sustainability. 

Here at UTOPIA The Edit we are giving you the chance to do just that. Our new competition is now LIVE and gives you the chance to win tickets to Coldplay in Dublin this August! 

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Trust me, this is one concert you do not want to miss! 

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