Chris Martin revealed that Coldplay will not be touring anytime soon due to environmental concerns.
Chris Martin recently appeared on BBC Breakfast to talk about Coldplay’s upcoming album Everyday Life. He said that until they can figure out how to make touring environmentally friendly, they will not be touring at all.
Martin said, “We’re not touring this album. We’re taking time, over the next year or two, to work out how can not only our tour be sustainable, but how can it be actively beneficial? How can we harness the resources that our tour creates and make it have a positive impact?”
He continued, “The hardest thing is the flying side of things. Our dream is to have a show with no single-use plastic, to have it be largely solar powered.”
Instead of touring, the band will play two shows in Jordan. These will then be broadcast to a global audience on YouTube, free of cost. They picked Jordan because “we wanted to pick somewhere in the middle of the world where we normally don’t get to play”.
Martin said the goal is larger than environmental sustainability itself. He wants to prove to other artists and musicians that an environmentally friendly tour is possible and show them how. He said, “I think it’s a question of just accepting that you have to do your best not to be too overzealous in criticizing others because everyone will catch up if you prove that it’s easy to do it the right way.”
Talking about Everyday Life, Martin said, “If you’ve had the privilege of travelling around the world, you know we’re all from the same place. In a very gentle British way, this record is us saying we don’t feel different from any human on earth.”
Coldplay last toured with A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which did 122 shows in five continents.
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