Coldplay taking song requests at Hampden

Fans heading to see Coldplay at Hampden Park next summer will get the chance to hear their favourite songs after the band revealed they are taking requests for their forthcoming A Head Full Of Dreams tour.

Lead singer Chris Martin has said that while the band have decided on most of their setlist, they have left some of it open for members of the audience to submit their favourite tracks.

The multi-million-selling band are due to play Hampden Park on June 7, 2016, as well as four dates at Wembley Stadium and two nights at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium next summer.

This is Coldplay’s first world tour since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than three million people in five continents.

“What we will do on this tour is almost like a request segment,” said Martin. “We’d ask people to give us a reason why they want us to play that song so there is a purpose behind why we play it.

“I think we want to make it like a passport photobooth, so you go in and say, ‘I am Derek, I would like you to play The Hardest Part…’ So for example, if we are going to play a song like Spies off Parachutes, it will be lovely to play it and say, ‘This is for Helen from Bolton as this reminds her of her dad.’ That is a bad example and not a real one.”

He added, “We’re enjoying playing really old songs. This tour will finally have a setlist where we feel good about it from start to finish.”

A Head Full Of Dreams is the vibrant follow-up to 2014’s fragile and lovelorn Ghost Stories, Coldplay’s sixth consecutive worldwide chart-topper.

The band chose not to tour Ghost Stories and headed straight back into the studio to record A Head Full Of Dreams.

“I think that not going on tour with Ghost Stories was one of the best decisions we ever made, because it gave us such pent-up energy in the studio and completely reignited everyone’s desire to go around the world and play music,” says Martin.

“A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We can’t wait to do that.”