What with Don't Think for the Chemical Brothers and Shut Up And Play The Hits for LCD Soundsystem, it's been quite a year for concert movies. Now here comes another major filmed concert event - for arguably the world's biggest band, and directed by Paul Dugdale, who brought us the Prodigy's awesome concert film Worlds On Fire and, more recently, Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall.
On 19 November, Coldplay will release 'Live 2012', the band's first concert film/live album for nine years. It documents the Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011.
"We wanted to make a film that was as intimate as it was epic, punctuating Coldplay's colour-drenched performance with candid documentary portraits of the band on tour," explains Paul Dugdale. "The set list is curated from several concerts around the globe, using the 75,000-capacity Stade de France as the backbone. Myself and JA Digital wanted to approach this film in the same way Coldplay approach their stage show: it's essentially a film about people, and we wanted to highlight how the band have blurred the barrier between stage and audience to create a tour that reaches out to everyone from the front row of the stadium to those right at the back."
Chris Martin: "The Mylo Xyloto tour has been the most fun we've ever had as a band. It's felt very uplifting right from the start; partly because we are proud of the music, the LED wristbands, the pyrotechnics, the lasers and all of that stuff, but mainly because of the amazing audiences that we've been playing for. Over the years, our crowd has become more and more a part of the concert itself. They're loud, diverse, full of soul, and make the songs sound much better than we can on our own. We wanted to try to bottle the incredible feeling that they give us, and hence our concert film."
Coldplay Live 2012 will be released on DVD/CD, Blu-ray and digitally. It will also receive a one night only cinema release on November 13th in 500+ screens across 50 countries around the world.