After declining to tour in support of their previous album Everyday Life for environmental reasons, Coldplay have announced a 2022 world tour that will cut emissions by 50 percent and adopt a broad model for environmental sustainability.
The trek will support their newest studio album that was just released today (October 15), Music of the Spheres. The tour will run from March until September and visit locations in Latin America, the United States, and Europe respectively.
Each show will be powered exclusively by renewable energy. Coldplay plan to eliminate “significantly more CO2 than the tour produces” with initiatives that include planting one tree for every ticket sold. Additionally, ten percent of all tour earnings will enter a fund for “environmental and socially conscious causes,” a press release notes.
In a statement, Coldplay said they were “very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis.” They continued, “So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward. We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn.”
Besides tree-planting, other eco-friendly initiatives include the use of solar installations at every venue, energy generated from waste cooking oil, a kinetic stadium floor, and kinetic bikes powered by fans. A mobile, rechargeable show battery touted as the first of its kind will store all the renewable energy.
Coldplay will encourage fans to use low-carbon transport with an app that offers venue discounts as rewards. They will also provide free water at venues so single-use plastic bottles are reduced. The alt-rock band has enlisted climate experts at Imperial College London’s Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment to track the tour’s environmental impact.
As for special guests, H.E.R. will support most of the shows, with London Grammar set for a few dates. Tickets will be on sale October 21 and can be purchased here.
Watch Coldplay's tour announcement trailer below.
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