Coldplay to pause touring until concerts are ‘environmentally beneficial’
Coldplay will not be touring in support of their new album, Everyday Life, due to environmental concerns.
“We’re not touring this album,” frontman Chris Martin tells BBC News. “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.”
In support of their last album, 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay toured the world for over a year. Martin explains that, when the band does tour again, it will be “the best possible version of a tour like [the A Head Full of Dreams tour] environmentally.”
“We would be disappointed if it’s not carbon neutral,” Martin says of the next Coldplay tour.
“The hardest thing is the flying side of things,” he explains. “But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single use plastic, to have it largely solar powered.
“We’ve done a lot of big tours at this point,” Martin adds. “How do we turn it around so it’s no so much taking as giving?”
Everyday Life will be released this Friday. Coldplay is celebrating the album’s arrival with a special two-part performance in Jordan, which will stream live online via YouTube starting tonight at 11 p.m. ET.