REVIEW: Coldplay at Norwich’s UEA

It's been more than a decade since Coldplay last performed in Norwich and in that time they have become a worldwide name.

And while the UEA's LCR may not be the biggest stage on the planet, Chris Martin congratulated zealous fans for making 'this square box feel like Wembley'. It was quite surreal seeing such a big band perform in such a small venue but the intimacy added to the excitement and the atmosphere was electric.

They opened with the title song from their new album Mylo Xlyloto, which was followed by fellow new track Hurts Like Heaven, before they broke into all-time classic Yellow.

A mix of new material thrown in with old saw Paradise fall neatly after God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, and Clocks follow Charlie Brown, before the beautiful Fix You, which was prefaced by a snippet intro of the late Amy Winehouse's Rehab.

The main set finished with Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, before fans called out for 'one more song'. And while the band said goodbye to DJ Zane Lowe and his live Radio 1 broadcast, they didn't disappoint their dedicated crowd and returned to the stage for an encore of three songs – Green Eyes, Shiver and Us Against the World.

Even though the heavens had opened outside, the rain failed to dampen the spirits of smiling fans as they left the UEA campus. Just hope Coldplay don't leave it another decade before they return to our neck of the woods.

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