FLUORESCENT confetti, inflatable balls and pyrotechnic fire displays aptly lit up the Stadium of Light as pop heavyweights Coldplay performed for thousands on Thursday night.
It was the second performance of the band’s anticipated five-date UK tour.
And despite traffic problems due to the Metro strike, the 50,000-strong audience made it to their seats on time, albeit during a rainstorm.
Coldplay have become one of the most popular bands in the world since their hit album Mylo Xyloto and their gig in Sunderland was among the biggest ever staged in the region.
Support from R&B singer Rita Ora and Swedish pop princess Robyn got the crowds ready to dance but it wasn’t until frontman Chris Martin bounded on stage that the crowd erupted.
Martin’s compassion for the fans’ travel woes was an immediate hit as he earnestly stopped to say: “I know you’ve been through the biggest kind of hell to get to this concert, the train strikes and the rain – don’t think we don’t appreciate it.”
The star’s effervescent new performance style saw him jump through the high-energy set which included their latest track, Paradise, and all the hit songs including Clocks and breakthrough single Yellow.
Novelty electronic wristbands, handed to the crowd as they entered the stadium, fluttered with colours in time to the music, creating a spectacle of twinkling lights.
Aside from the big hits, earlier tracks gave Coldplay purists a chance to enjoy the band they first fell in love with.
After such a mesmerising performance, the finale was going to have to be really something.
But the band ended in fine style with soaring track Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.
A thousand glittering armbands swayed along in time.