Coldplay fans have shared their shock at being in queues of more than 400,000 people for tickets to the bands’ upcoming Manchester shows.
Fresh off the back of completing six sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium this month, the chart-topping band announced to their legion of loyal fans earlier this week that they would be heading out across the UK and Europe for a handful of new stadium gigs next summer.
The British rockers teased that they would visit the city in their recent music video for Humankind, with a cryptic message that many eagle-eyed fans managed to crack the code for, but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago that they actually confirmed they would be visiting Manchester.
They confirmed that the new UK leg of their Music of the Spheres World Tour will include two shows at the Etihad Stadium on 31 May and 1 June 2023.
Cardiff was the only other UK city forming part of the tour lineup, with the band also set to head out to several other capital and major cities across Europe – including Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
And tickets to next summer’s shows officially went on general sale this morning from 10am.
But just as is often the case when it comes to shows as popular as this, those hopeful of securing tickets found themselves in some hefty online queues – with some fans admitting there were anywhere between over 200,000 to 400,000 people in front of them.
After what was described as “phenomenal demand” for tickets, Coldplay announced another two Manchester dates, and added 3 and 4 June 2022 onto the lineup – but that didn’t necessarily make it any easier for fans to secure them.
The concert capacity of the Etihad Stadium is 60,000 people.
News of hundreds of thousands waiting in the queues for tickets come after the band’s most-recent tour had already sold more than four million tickets since it began in March 2022, and has received rave reviews across the board.
And that’s just part of the first wave of celebrity contestants – more famous faces will take part in I’m A Celebrity… South Africa, entering the camp as the series goes on.
The new series will ‘push them to their limits and test them like never before’, ITV has said, promising bigger and tougher challenges and an even harsher environment.
Also taking part from the launch episode will be Diversity star Jordan Banjo, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, Olympian Fatima Whitbread, former royal butler Paul Burrell, ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell, and supermodel Janice Dickinson.
ITV said: “Whilst nodding back to the Australian jungle, I’m A Celebrity…South Africa is a uniquely different series so viewers can look forward to lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
The trailer also shows the celebs taking part in pre-recorded challenges, taking on everything from nasty food to terrifying heights.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa will air on ITV1 and ITVX from April 2023.
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Commentator Arlo White shows off what the Old Trafford gantry walk looks like
Ever wondered what it’s like to be up in the gantry in a football stadium, say, Old Trafford? Well, we certainly have.
You see the odd shot of the commentators sat there on the telly from time to time but it never really gives much away either and, at some venues, it’s quite a ways up there. There’s a little bit of allure behind these mysterious parts of footy grounds that most fans will never get to see.
After hours of mindless scrolling on the social media app, we stumbled across the well-known sports commentator‘s channel where he’s been showing off what it’s like to go in the gantry and one of them is his long walk to crow’s nest up at the Theatre of Dreams.
As it turns out, Arlo’s been doing these videos for a couple of years now, revealing how the gantry looks not only at Old Trafford but other big Premier League grounds too, such as down the road at the Etihad, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs’ sparkly new ground and many more.
Another reason we found ourselves stuck on his TikTok for so long was also because of the other behind-the-scenes details he reveals too, even shedding light on how he prepares for games: note-taking, data sheets, how keeps himself warm up there during those cold nights on comms and so on.