This shoudn’t come as too much of a surprise to you, but if you haven’t already heard the news, SA band The Parlotones will be the opening act for Coldplay when Chris Martin and the boys hit the stage later this year. Read the official press release below:
Big Concerts is proud to announce that The Parlotones have been chosen to support Coldplay, who will be performing live for the first time ever in South Africa on Wednesday 5th October at Cape Town Stadium and Saturday 8th October at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium Johannesburg. The tour is presented by 94.5 KFM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net.
Multi-platinum selling rock band The Parlotones are known for their electric, polished stage performances delivered against the backdrop of their deftly crafted and darkly romantic lyrics. In the last 12 months The Parlotones have: released the platinum selling “Stardust Galaxies” which won Best Rock Album at the 2010 SAMA’s, performed at the Opening World Cup Concert to a billion viewers, completed a 70 city world tour and entered 3 Billboard charts in the USA. The Parlotones commented: ‘There is only one band in the World that we would support in our home country and what an honour it was to be invited by that very band. Coldplay has been an inspiration to us and we are very excited to have the privilege of sharing the stage with the greatest band in the world’
Coldplay’s songs have captured millions of fans around the world since the release of ‘Parachutes’ in 2000. A critical and commercial triumph, ‘Parachutes’ debuted at number one on the UK Album Chart and was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. After the success of ‘Parachutes’, Coldplay began to work on their second album ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ (2002) which spawned popular singles ’The Scientist’, ‘In My Place’ and ‘Clocks’ winning Record of the Year at the 2004 Grammys. The third album ‘X&Y’ became the best selling album of 2005 with world-wide sales of 11 million. ‘Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends’ (2008) is described by Martin as a new direction for Coldplay, a change from their past three albums, which they referred to as the trilogy. It became the bands first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and their first UK number one based on download sales alone.
Cape Town – presented by 94.5 KFM and M-Net
Wednesday 5th October 2011
Cape Town Stadium
Tickets from R270 – R635
Johannesburg – presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net
Saturday 8th October 2011
The Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg.
Tickets from R270 – R635
Tickets available from Computicket
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