Coldplay vow not to tour until their concerts are environmentally sustainable

This week, Coldplay dropped their eighth studio album Everyday Life, a double album that boasts some of the most sprawling arrangements and sonic experimentation the band has toyed with to date.

To add to the grand scale of their release, they had some pretty big news about their tour to support this album – there won’t be one. Well, not until they’re assured that their concerts can be environmentally beneficial. 

Coldplay will not be touring in support of their new album – or ever – until the band’s concerts can be environmentally beneficial.

Speaking to BBC News earlier this week, singer and pop music’s hip-Dad Chris Martin told the broadcaster that they’re “…taking time over the next year or two to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial.”

We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it’s not so much taking as giving?”

Quite a task on shoulders of one of the worlds biggest bands, and a noble one to boot. According to Green Touring Network, the biggest polluting concern in the face of large scale concerts are the audiences.

A majority of emissions stem from fans driving themselves to the shows they are attending. With this in mind, some steps made up to this point for touring acts with a commitment to sustainability include holding concerts in populated areas near public transport and encouraging attendees to use them.

Earlier this year, Heidi Lenffer of Cloud Control launched FEAT, an organisation that’s investing in renewable energy to offset the environmental impact of the Australian music industry.