Earlier this week, English rock band Coldplay announced that they will be not being touring their music until they could find a way to make their shows more sustainable.
Frontman Chris Martin told BBC in an interview that the band hoped to delay touring their new album for the next one or two years—at least until they could play their concerts without distributing single-use plastics or using excessive airplane fuel for international transportation
“Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally. We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral,” Martin told the news outlet. “The hardest thing is the flying side of things. But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single use plastic, to have it largely solar powered.
“We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point,” he added. “How do we turn it around so it’s no so much taking as giving?”
The last time that Coldplay embarked on a world tour, they reportedly played 122 shows across 5 continents. With their new album Everyday Life set to be released on November 22nd, the band hopes the record and its eventual tour will help raise awareness for how musicians and individuals can fight the climate crisis.
Coldplay will be playing a show in London at the Natural History Museum later this week, although all of the proceeds from the concert will reportedly be donated to an environmental charity. Additionally, they will be celebrating the album’s release with two shows in Jordan, the entirety of which will be livestreamed on YouTube.
(WATCH the BBC interview below) – Photo by BBC
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