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Coldplay's 'Everyday Life' Live Debut In Amman

03/12/2019

JOR: In a bold move Coldplay debuted new album ‘Everyday Life’ with global live-streamed performances and announced that, in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, the band was not going on tour.
 
Coldplay performed two epoch-making ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Sunset’ sets at Amman’s Citadel, Jordan, both of which were mixed on Lawo consoles and streamed live on YouTube to allow the world to celebrate the release of the band’s new album, ‘Everyday Life’.
 
Following Coldplay’s decision not to tour ‘Everyday Life’ for environmental reasons, the band came up with a spectacular alternative for achieving maximum impact: “We wanted to pick somewhere in the middle of the world where we normally don’t get to play,” Chris Martin, Coldplay’s singer, told the BBC.
 
A few days before the history-making Amman performances, Coldplay’s management announced the addition of a one-off live show on November 25th at London’s Natural History Museum. Selected songs of this performance will be available on radio and social media, and the proceeds will be donated to an environmental charity.
 
As always, what looked easy at show time was the result of intense preparations involving the best people in the industry. Tony Smith (Coldplay’s Audio Designer, FOH Tech and Crew Chief) liaised with Toby Alington, broadcast sound engineer extraordinaire, to find a solution for the Amman broadcast mix. Toby in turn approached Dirk Sykora to discuss a Lawo console solution for Jordan through SR Films. Toby mixed the two sets live in Amman with the help of Coldplay’s trusted Rik Simpson (Producer, Sound Engineer) and Dan Green (FOH engineer).
 
Both the band and the technical crew had arrived in Amman one week prior to the Sunrise and Sunset performances. According to Dirk Sykora, who configured and programmed the Lawo mc²56 mixing console used for the streaming events, a total of 192 inputs were recorded on three separate DAW machines and mixed live on the console for stereo broadcast.
 
The band rehearsed the new material at a theatre in downtown Amman to allow the technical crew to connect all the technical dots, program the console and tweak countless parameters to perfection.
 
The WWF welcomed Coldplay’s initiative to postpone touring until a more environment-conscious strategy has been found. With the advances of IP-based remote production, streaming and cutting-edge workflows, Lawo is more than willing to help the band shrink its carbon footprint while firmly remaining in the limelight.
 
(Pictured:) Lawo mc²56 console in Amman.
 
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