Brilliant Stages provided Coldplay with the stage top deck for their Europe and South American tours 2016/2017.

We have worked with Coldplay for several years and were delighted to be invited back on board for this project.

Client Director, Ben Brooks, explained the company’s involvement: “The system we took out on the European run was one of three that we provided for this world tour. It consisted of an upper deck on the main stage that was designed to replicate the flower shape of the logo from their 'A Head Full of Dreams' album artwork. We provided the top deck for the runways to the B stage and the C stage out in the audience too.” Brilliant Stages also constructed the framing for the stage left and right video screens to again replicate the latest album logo.

Matt Kaye, Project Manager from Brilliant Stages, explained the technical aspects to the staging: “All the elements were treated with a non-slip finish which was essential for a band as active as Coldplay. The whole stage, runway and video floor on the B stage were sprung and mounted on rubber blocks to absorb the shock when Chris ran around the stage.”

The stage surface was also absorbed into the set aesthetic with a painted on design created by Misty Buckley. As the stage was open to the elements it could be exposed to high temperatures one day and heavy rain the next. “We supplied a team of artists headed up by Hannah Whitfield to make sure the paint was always looking at its best” said Kaye.

General Manager, Tony Bowern explained how Brilliant Stages overcame the potential problems associated with adverse weather conditions, “When we got the sample video (staging) tiles, they were too slippery. We ended up with a compromise whereby if it rained, creating a danger of Chris slipping, we would provide a printed non-slip carpet for the B-stage which could be dropped into place on top of the video tiles.”