Coldplay's eco-friendly tour to be powered by an electricity generating dance floor

Published 15 Oct, 2021 11:25am

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They won't just be jumping for joy, they'll be powering the concerts as well as the band's vision for sustainable touring.

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

British band Coldplay has big plans when it comes to touring and sustainability. The band recently announced they'll be powering their upcoming world tour via a dance floor that generates electricity when fans jump on it at the venues.

According to the BBC, this is part of the band's 12-point plan to cut their carbon footprint, a plan they devised two years after pledging not to tour until they could do so in a more eco-friendly fashion.

Singer Chris Martin told the media outlet there will also be bicycles that generate electricity for the concerts as well.

"The more people move, the more they're helping. You know when the frontman says, 'We need you to jump up and down'?" Martin said. "When I say that, I literally really need you to jump up and down. Because if you don't, then the lights go out."

Coldplay won't just stop there, they'll also plant a tree for every ticket sold. To put things into perspective, the band played to 5.4 million people on their last tour in 2016-17. That made it one of the biggest tours of all time, earning more than $500 million.

The singer is prepared for backlash about some of their activities, such as continuing to fly on private jets which creates a substantial carbon footprint. "I don't mind any backlash at all," he said. "We're trying our best, and we haven't got it perfect. Absolutely. We always have backlash for everything. And the people that give us backlash for that kind of thing, for flying, they're right. So we don't have any argument against that."

Coldplay's world tour will kick off in March in Costa Rica, a city which has one of the highest rates of renewable energy generation in the world.

In case fans get a little weary from jumping on the dance floor, the concerts will also rely on electricity generated from solar energy, recycled cooking oil and mains power from 100% renewable sources where available.

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