Coldplay’s Chris Martin (right) and guitarist Jonny Buckland perform at the Stade de France Arena in Saint Denis on the outskirts of Paris. File/AFP
Gulf today, Staff reporter
Global icons Coldplay will perform at Expo 2020 Dubai on February 15, combining an incredible musical experience in support of Expo’s program for people and planet and in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) United Nations.
Coldplay prides itself on its commitment and responsibility to the environment and strives to keep its emissions as low as possible when performing. As the first country in the region to announce a Net Zero strategic initiative by 2050, the UAE has achieved global recognition for its commitment to a low-carbon world and views climate action as an opportunity for sustainable economic growth – an approach that will gain global momentum as the country prepares to host COP28 in Abu Dhabi in 2023.
As a city of the future built on sustainable principles, working with 192 nations around the world, Expo 2020 Dubai is an ideal partner for Coldplay as it seeks solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges, including the preservation of the planet for future generations. . Through its people and planet agenda, Expo 2020 Dubai brings together diverse global voices and generates new ideas among policymakers, businesses and individuals to chart a clear path for immediate action.
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Part of Expo 2020’s Infinite Nights series, Al Wasl’s performance unites the common goals of Coldplay and the UAE and will lead by example, inspiring climate awareness and leading action to preserve our planet with a magical and unforgettable concert, free for Expo visitors and broadcast online worldwide.
Coldplay said, “As a band, we always try to put unity and sustainability at the heart of everything we do. It is an honor to be invited to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai Infinite Nights for a special celebration of these two themes.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies of the United Arab Emirates and Special Envoy for the Climate, said: “This initiative is a great illustration of how all sectors of society can bring significant contribution to a net zero world, and it aligns with the UAE’s inclusive approach for its “Net Zero by 2050” strategic initiative. As 90% of the world’s economies now aim for net zero emissions, the UAE looks forward to collaborating with all willing partners in the run-up to COP 27 in Egypt and COP 28 in the UAE, which will represent a crucial for taking stock of the climate. progress in accordance with the Paris agreement. I am delighted that Coldplay has chosen to use its considerable popularity to engage with its fan base in promoting sustainability and a better, low-carbon future.
The Paris Agreement is an international treaty on climate change, adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris in 2015, which aims to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Reem Al Hashimy, Minister for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai holds a unique place as the largest global gathering of its time, demonstrating the best of humanity in the pursuit of progress and opportunity for all. It represents what can be achieved when nations and organizations stand together for people and the planet.
“I warmly welcome Coldplay’s mission to raise awareness and take action and show how we all have the power to make a difference. This is true whether as government, business or individual and among the 11 million visitors who have experienced Expo 2020 so far, we have witnessed a collective desire to drive towards a cleaner world. , safer and healthier for everyone.
Link with the UAE
In March 2022, the four-piece band – consisting of singer and pianist Chris Martin; guitarist Jonny Buckland; bassist Guy Berryman; and drummer Will Champion – will embark on their “Music of the Spheres World Tour”. The tour took two years of planning, with Coldplay working with a range of environmental experts to incorporate initiatives to reduce carbon emissions by up to 50% compared to the band’s previous tours.
Coldplay’s performance at Expo 2020 is the exciting first step in a wider collaboration between the UK band and the UAE, with the performance marking the start of a meaningful longer-term relationship to spur action to to create a cleaner and healthier world for all.
Coldplay said: “We would love to return to the UAE as part of our Music of the Spheres World Tour. Our dream would be to partner with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to power our entire show with local renewable energy sources and develop other meaningful sustainability initiatives around the concert.
Coldplay will perform at Al Wasl Plaza at 9:00 p.m. GST on Tuesday, February 15. Booking will be available free of charge from 21:00 GST on February 12, for those wishing to attend Al Wasl Dome on February 15 in person. Tickets are required to access the show. For more information: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/calendar/events/02-feb-2022/infinite-nights-coldplay-live-at-expo-2020-dubai.
The concert will be broadcast live worldwide on www.virtualexpodubai.com and available on multiple channels including Expo on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok and Oculus (VR). Several TV channels will also broadcast the show live*.