We’re all excited for Coldplay to return to Singapore in 2024! While we wait with bated breath for the concert, here’s our dream list of activities we want the band to take part in.
ICYMI: Coldplay will play six shows in Singapore come January 2024! The band’s Music of the Spheres World Tour, their eighth concert tour, features songs you know and love, pyrotechnics, and confetti. Another thing we love? Their sustainability initiatives for this tour: reducing carbon emissions and partnering with organisations to plant a tree for every ticket sold.
Naturally, everyone’s excited, seeing how tickets have sold out quickly. Since the band will be on our shores for a week, we’ve come up with a list of activities they should get up to while they’re here.
7 things Coldplay should do in Singapore
1. Look up at a sky full of stars
According to the band, this tour takes on a galactic theme. That means the moon, stars, and possibly other planets too. One place where they can check out our night sky is Woodlands Galaxy Community Club, which houses an observatory. The band can look at the stars via the telescope on the rooftop – maybe it’ll inspire them to write songs for the next album! But the observatory is only open on Friday nights, which clashes with the band’s fourth concert. Bummer. Maybe they can pop by after they’re done?
2. Hang around ticking clocks
Taking inspiration from one of the band’s biggest hits, the quintet and their entourage can park themselves at Empress Lawn and marvel at Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall’s majestic clock tower. It’s Singapore Art Week when they’re here (it’s happening from 19 to 28 January 2024), so the facade will have colourful projections. Fingers crossed the clock tower climb will take place when they’re in Singapore – we’d love to know their thoughts on the activity.
3. Listen to the speed of sound
Coldplay is no stranger to live performances and crowds, so what better way for the band to check out our music scene than to sit in on a gig? While there’s no lack of live shows on our sunny island, we propose the band drop by Cool Cats at NCO Club. (Because they’re cool cats, get it?) Plus, they deserve a break too. We can just imagine them sitting at the bar, nursing their drinks, and bopping their heads to the music. If they’re not too tired, they can also get on stage and do an impromptu show.
4. Be hypnotised by local musicians
Speaking of music, we’re just dreaming here but it’d be great if the band can organise a meet and greet with our musicians. Maybe they can host an intimate session and give a rousing speech to the participants. If there’s time, the group can listen to everyone’s music. Or hold a songwriting camp. Sharing credits with Coldplay? Everyone can dream!
Now, “intimate” and “Grammy Award-winning group” don’t belong in a sentence. Still, we know one place where they can avoid the crowd: The Coastal Settlement at Changi. It’s a little out of the way, but hey, if a Blackpink member can enjoy a seafood dinner there in peace, we reckon Coldplay can hang with our musicians in a cosy setting too.
5. Sing a hymn for the weekend
If you’re a massive Coldplay fan, you’d know their music video for this hit single was filmed in India. The closest we can offer is Little India, which we highly recommend the band visit while in Singapore. Perhaps they can record a music video while they’re in the neighbourhood? The Tan Teng Niah house makes a very colourful, vibrant backdrop!
It’s too bad Beyoncé’s on tour in the US; otherwise, she can be in the shots too. Imagine two powerhouses in one frame in Singapore. The last time a major group filmed their music video here was A1 in 2001; before that was The Corrs way back in 1998. Feel old yet?
When they’re done, we suggest the quintet make their way to Mustafa Centre. They can get snacks to bring back to their hotel rooms, souvenirs for their families and friends, and perhaps even shoes. (We imagine the amount of walking might wear down their footwear.)
6. Go on a ghostly adventure
Since the band named their sixth studio album Ghost Stories, we bet they’re not afraid of the supernatural. How about putting that theory to the test? There are a few creepy ghost tours here, so the group can choose the most bone-chilling one and explore Singapore’s haunted places in the dead of the night. Here’s hoping they don’t encounter anything while they’re out there, though that’d make an excellent anecdote for them to share once they’re done with the tour.
7. It was all yellow
Coldplay loves filming at the beach – at last count, the band has three music videos set at the seashore. While we have plenty of those here, the one we recommend is hidden in Sentosa. Tanjong Rimau is located at the tip of the island and accessible via the edge of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort. Upon reaching the beach, they can spot marine wildlife and explore the caves. The members can also enjoy unobstructed views of the sunset… or sunrise.
Bonus: A head full of… Honeycombers
What’s a visit to Singapore without meeting with our crew? One thing on our wishlist: to meet the band face-to-face. Come through, Coldplay! We’ll give you a tour of the office, have lunch at one of our favourite eateries, and hang out. We’re manifesting this…
Here’s hoping Coldplay will fulfil this dream itinerary when they’re in Singapore in 2024!
Coldplay: Music Of The Spheres World Tour, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30 and 31 January 2024, Singapore National Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397629