Chris Martin stops Coldplay gig midway through song to ask crowd not to use cameras or phones
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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin halted a gig mid-song to ask fans if they could 'try that again' without using their phones or cameras. You can watch the moment below:
Midway through ‘Sky Full of Stars’ on the band's Music of the Spheres world tour, Chris Martin suddenly stopped singing and said: “Wait, hold on, one second. I think we can make this better, hold on.”
Although the band’s frontrunner said they were running short on time due to a curfew, he continued: “I’ll speed through this because we wanna get all the songs in before they shut the thing down.
"So, let’s try that again but please, if we could just have one song with no cell phones, no cameras, no devices, nothing, just the power of people, people power.”
After delivering his request to fans, the crowd erupted into a roar of applause, praising the singer’s request to perform one song completely tech-free.
He then went onto also say: “I won’t do the whole speech because it takes ages, but the basis of it is, let’s just connect together as one group of people and see how high you can jump, how loud you can shout, and no phones, no cameras.
"After this song, you can film everything. But for this one song, let’s just be people together, me, you, my brother, my sister and let’s try it again.”
The TikToker who uploaded the video was clearly in agreement with the principle of the singer’s request too, as she captioned the moment: “Without a doubt the highlight of the night came shortly after this video ended.”
Similarly, another user left a comment wishing for more of this tech-free action, saying: “If he could do this before the concert starts, it would be even better.”
Other users who had attended some of the band’s previous tour dates revealed that this moment was a planned addition to each concert, which explains the 'whole speech' he referred to.
In a world that’s heavily saturated with tech, seeping into all areas of our lives, there’s a growing appetite for tech-scapism.
This appetite can be gleaned in reports of people who are trading in their smartphones for dumbphones, and those who are worried they’re wasting their life away online.
Clearly, Martin and the rest of the band have felt the effects of modern tech too, so this tech-free moment is a nice sentiment for concert-goers who want to live in the moment.