Coldplay halt touring for environmental reasons

“We would be disappointed if [the tour is] not carbon-neutral,” says Chris Martin.


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Coldplay have revealed that they will not be touring in support of their new album Everyday Life, citing concerns over their shows’ carbon footprint.

Frontman Chris Martin told BBC News that Coldplay are looking for ways to make touring more environmentally friendly, admitting that there are certain obstacles in the way, especially air travel. 

“We would be disappointed if [the tour is] not carbon neutral. The hardest thing is the flying side of things,” he said. “We’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.”

Coldplay’s touring hiatus begins after 25 November, when the band is scheduled to host a charity concert at London’s Natural History Museum in support of environmental law non-profit ClimateEarth.

Everyday Life is Coldplay’s eighth studio effort and was released as a double album on 22 November. It received generally favourable reviews from mainstream critics, with four songs being released as singles: Orphans / Arabesque, Everyday Life, Daddy and Champion of the World.

Everyday Life is out now on Parlophone.

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