Coldplay promotes its new album with a live performance powered by Lawo mc²56

Coldplay 2019 live performance powered by a Lawo console

On Friday, November 22nd 2019, Coldplay performed two epoch-making “Sunrise” and “Sunset” sets at Amman’s Citadel, Jordan, both of which were streamed live on YouTube to allow the world to celebrate the release of the band’s new album, “Everyday Life”. Following Coldplay’s bold decision not to tour “Everyday Life” for environmental reasons, the band came up with a alternative for achieving maximum impact: “We wanted to pick somewhere in the middle of the world where we normally don’t get to play”, Chris Martin, Coldplay’s singer, told the BBC.

Tony Smith (Coldplay’s Audio Designer, FOH Tech and Crew Chief) liaised with Toby Alington, broadcast sound engineer, to find a solution for the Amman broadcast mix. Toby in turn approached Dirk Sykora to discuss a Lawo console solution for Jordan through SR Films. Toby mixed the two sets live in Amman with the help of Coldplay’s trusted Rik Simpson (Producer, Sound Engineer) and Dan Green (FOH engineer).

Both the band and the technical crew had arrived in Amman one week prior to the Sunrise and Sunset performances. According to Dirk Sykora, who configured and programmed the Lawo mc²56 mixing console used for the streaming events, a total of 192 inputs were recorded on three separate DAW machines and mixed live on the console for stereo broadcast. The band rehearsed the new material at a theater in downtown Amman to allow the technical crew to connect all the technical dots, program the console and tweak parameters.

After the rehearsals and live recordings at the theater, the gear was carried uphill and set up in tents close to the location where the band performed its Sunrise and Sunset concerts.

A few days before the Amman performances, Coldplay’s management announced the addition of a one-off live show on November 25th at London’s Natural History Museum. Selected songs of this performance will be available on radio and social media, and the proceeds will be donated to an environmental charity.

Following the first two shows, the band and its crew flew to London for the live gig at the Natural History Museum. With FOH mixed by Dan Green, the performance was also recorded and mixed by Toby Alington and Rik Simpson using the Floating Earth OB truck—again with a Lawo mc²56 console based on the settings Dirk Sykora had prepared and saved in Amman and later transferred to the console in the OB truck.

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