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Oxegen 2011 - Coldplay

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ATL | 22:39 UK time, Monday, 11 July 2011

Sunday, Main stage, 10.25pm

Describe in a Tweet: Show stolen.

What Happened: A near perfect festival set - thoughtful setlist, incredible lighting, affable singer and a load of fireworks. They may not be the coolest act on the bill, but they're definitely the most tuned in when it comes to knowing what works.

So we get the hits, but they're beefed up somehow, tweaked and pimped for the open air - 'Yellow', 'In My Place' and 'Politik' are absolutely massive tonight, with Chris Martin's voice stronger than ever.

Pyrotechnics and lasers are scattered throughout, with confetti sprayed three songs in and an invasion of giant coloured balloons marking half way. They also know when to hold back - the likes of 'Shiver', arguably still Coldplay's finest moment, certainly needs no tarting up.

'Viva La Vida', with that marvellous percussion set up, is another highlight, while 'Fix You' hasn't lost an inch of it's poignancy. 'God Put a Smile' is reworked entirely and 'Everything's Not Lost' is sung by all of Co. Kildare. It's a set of old favourites, yet the new songs shine through.

They bravely open with the unrecorded 'Hurts Like Heaven' and close with new single 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall' - both go down like a treat.

Crazy in Love: What could make this better? Only Christy Moore coming on to do 'Ride On'.
Goose-pimples as we type. A genuine moment we'll take to the grave.

Why Don't you Love Me? Even from a distance, Pendulum can be really annoying.

Oxegen Ratings: 9/10



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