BY GRACE BEAL
Coldplay opened the North American leg of their worldwide A Head Full of Dreams Tour this Saturday, July 16, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The stadium there was doused in bright lights, balloons, and confetti as Coldplay performed. The central theme of the tour is global inclusion and positivity. The vibe is felt by concert-goers as soon as the enter the stadium – they’re gifted with LED wristbands and a button emblazoned with the word “Love.”
Coldplay began their show with the title track “A Head Full of Dreams,” and the special effects for the number included massive confetti cannons, stunning fireworks, and each LED wristband lighting up red. The wristbands were controlled by tech workers backstage and at times would match, while at other times they would each glow a different color.
The show opener, Alessia Cara, performed selections from her debut album, Know It All. Cara played fan favorites such as “Wild Things” and “Seventeen,” and her soulful vocals were not lost on the enthusiastic crowd. Cara performed in New Jersey at iPlay America close to a year ago, and the Coldplay tour is obviously a big step in the right direction for the young artist.
There is currently no DC date, but keep your eyes peeled for any updates.