Coldplay Weathers Chicago Storm to Deliver Abbreviated Set

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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at MetLife Stadium on July 16, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.

UPDATE (11:35 p.m. ET): Coldplay cut its Chicago concert short on Saturday (July 23) night due to severe weather. After about 80 minutes of playing, Chris Martin told the crowd that after checking with officials, the band would play "A Sky Full of Stars" and then evacuate Soldier Field. The band played its final song in a torrential downpour and left the stage at 11:26 p.m. ET. The soaked fans chanted "whoa oh oh oh whoa oh oh oh" on the way out, clutching giant souvenir balloons and smiling, even though the night ended a half hour early.

Original post (11:05 p.m. ET): Severe weather, including thunderstorms and heavy rain, led to the cancelation of two opening acts at Coldplay's concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field Saturday night (July 23).

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Foxes and Alessia Cara were scheduled to perform before Coldplay took the stage on its Head Full of Dreams tour.

The update was posted on Coldplay's Twitter account: "Apologies, but due to inclement weather, Foxes and Alessia Cara will not be performing tonight. We are setting up for Coldplay to go ahead."

Concertgoers were asked to take shelter during the storm prior to the start of the show, according to a Billboard contributor on the scene. Shortly before 8 p.m. local time, they were allowed to start returning to their seats.

At 8:50 p.m., fans were streaming into Soldier Field and dodging giant puddles, giddy with anticipation after worries that the full show might be canceled. A cool breeze blew up off Lake Michigan as the band took the stage at 9:02 p.m. to a roar of appreciation and relief.

Earlier in the evening, when the storm was at its worst, fans tweeted photos and video clips from Soldier Field, many making light of the situation with “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” jokes like those seen below.

Additional reporting by Gil Kaufman.

 


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