I am a huge Coldplay fan. There is not a Coldplay album that I don’t own nor song that I dislike. Their music is very mellow, inspiring, and perfectly balanced. When I heard nearly seven months ago that they were going to go on tour, I made sure to mark my calendar so that I could attempt to get a ticket. Within five minutes of the tickets going on sale, the only seats I could find were in the nosebleed sections. The particular ticket site that I was using only allowed you 10 minutes to enter all of your payment information before they release your tickets to someone else. Somehow, I managed to take more than 10 minutes to type everything in, so I lost my seats. However, when I refreshed the page and tried again, one solitary floor seat had opened up. I originally wanted to get a ticket for myself and a friend, but a floor seat was too good to pass up.
The concert was simply amazing. I’m a very visual person, and the visual effects that they had did not disappoint at all. They had confetti cannons, laser beams, and wristbands that lit up and blinked to the music – it was quite intense. The crowd knew every word to every song. I had a really good time and would highly recommend that if you have the chance to go to a Coldplay concert that you take advantage of the opportunity. It was the best concert that I have ever been to by far.
I had a great time at all of the Philly 4th of July activities. It was HOT outside. Like 105 degrees hot. Standing in a crowd of 30,000+ sweaty, funky smelling people was definitely not preferable, but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. Each year Philly shuts down the street leading up to the Art Museum (where Rocky does his famous run up the stairs in the movie) and hosts a concert and a 4th of July fireworks extravaganza.
I made my way down to Center City and arrived early. I was meeting up with a few friends, so I waited for them at the base of a statue on a corner in front of the Four Seasons Hotel. Less than 1 minute later, I saw a convoy of police motorcycles and big white vans headed directly my way. Little girls started running and screaming. I, of course, assumed the worse and thought that someone got hurt. However, as the vans passed me, I realized that Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas (of the Jonas Brothers) were in one of the vans. Apparently they were performing at the concert. Then I saw more people start to go crazy. The next two vans that passed me were Common and Queen Latifah!
I met up with my friends and we walked to the concert area. First up were Queen Latifah and The Roots. I wasn’t really that impressed with her set. She performed some slow songs. People were getting angry because they wanted to hear some of her rap stuff. Then Joe Jonas performed…and yeah. That’s all I have to say about that. Then Common came on and did a 45 minute set! He had the crowd going c-r-a-z-y. Then Queen Latifah surprised everyone and came out and performed some songs with Common. Then some country guy performed. I don’t even remember his name, lol.
Then, Common announced that he had a surprise for the crowd. Everyone was wondering what was going on. MS. LAURYN HILL WALKED ONTO THE STAGE. I about died. Everyone was going nuts! She performed Ex-Factor, Ready or Not, Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley), Fu Gee La, and Doo Wop (That Thing). Everybody was on their feet dancing and singing along. She looked fabulous and sounded amazing. I really hope that she doesn’t end up going to prison . #FreeLauryn! Then, we watched some fireworks and headed home. I hope that you all had a great 4th!