Coldplay have agreed to play two stadium gigs in South Africa after 10 years of persistence from Attie Van Wyk. While making the announcement of the shows, Van Wyk said, "After 10 years of knocking on the door we are incredibly excited that they have finally confirmed two stadium shows."
Coldplay, who are made up of Chris Martin, Will Champion, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland, held off for as long as they could before finally giving in. Van Wyk says that this just shows the calibre of the band, "It can only take artists of that calibre to negotiate for that long ... South Africa is very far from any of their other territories,” he said.
The first concert is set to take place on October 5th and will be held at Cape Town Stadium. The second show will come from FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg on October 8th. The event will coincide with Coldplay’s fifth album release and Van Wyk revealed that, although nothing has been made official, the show is likely to be named after the album.