INDONESIA: The highly anticipated Coldplay concert held at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (SUGBK) on Wednesday (15 Nov), concluded smoothly, marking the band’s debut performance in Indonesia.
Chris Martin, the lead vocalist, expressed gratitude to the enthusiastic fans and the Indonesian government for permitting the iconic British band to grace Jakarta with their presence.
“Thank you all; we are very grateful and happy to be here in Indonesia. Thanks also to the Jakarta, Indonesian government for allowing us to perform here,” Chris Martin conveyed his appreciation at SUGBK on Wednesday (15 Nov).
The British ensemble, comprising Chris Martin (vocals), Jonny Buckland (guitar), Guy Berryman (bass), and Will Champion (drums), entertained the audience with a variety of captivating performances, including customary greetings and witty rhymes. Taking the stage at nine in the evening, they kicked off the night with the spirited anthem “Higher Power.”
Chris Martin’s warm ‘Assalamu alaikum’ sparks a vibrant interaction among Coldplay enthusiasts
Following the energetic start, Chris Martin greeted the audience with a warm “Assalamu alaikum,” creating an immediate stir among concertgoers, with many responding in kind.
Without missing a beat, Martin and his bandmates seamlessly transitioned to the next song, fulfilling the eager anticipation of Coldplay fans throughout the evening.
Over the course of approximately two hours, Coldplay delivered a dynamic setlist of their greatest hits, such as “Adventure of A Lifetime,” “Paradise,” “The Scientist,” and “Viva La Vida.”
Martin’s powerful vocals, dynamic stage presence, and Coldplay’s signature sound, well-known to fans, created an electrifying atmosphere from start to finish.
The stage design, props, and the play of colorful lights from the wristbands worn by the audience added to the excitement of the evening.
Each song was accompanied by a unique visual identity, exemplified by the stunning sea of yellow lights during the performance of “Yellow.”
Chris Martin’s multilingual charisma delights Coldplay fans in Jakarta
Chris Martin’s interaction with the audience went beyond the English language.
Demonstrating his efforts to connect, Martin impressively spoke several Indonesian phrases such as “terima kasih” (thank you), “apa kabar” (how are you), “selamat malam” (good evening), and “selamat datang” (welcome).
Surprisingly, he even presented rhymes in Indonesian, sparking enthusiastic cheers from the crowd.
One of his humorous rhymes drew particularly loud applause. After finishing each sentence, the audience didn’t forget to shout the word ‘cakeeepp (cool),’ as is customary when hearing rhymes.
“Tuesday is physics exam day, study hard to pass. How’s Jakarta city? Can I borrow a hundred?” mimicked Martin, echoing a comedic phrase that recently went viral on social media.
The Jakarta concert, part of the “Music of the Spheres Tour 2023,” marked Coldplay’s first-ever performance in Indonesia since the band’s formation in 1997. The evening was a celebration of music, cultural exchange, and the band’s enduring connection with their global fanbase.