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Top Tours of 2017: Coldplay

by FOH Staff • in
  • January 2018
  • Showtime
• Created: January 17, 2018
Coldplay 'A Head Full of Dreams' tour photo by Steve Jennings

A Head Full of Dreams Tour

Sound Cos:
Wigwam Acoustics/Firehouse Productions


  • FOH Engineer: Dan Green
  • Monitor Engineer: Chris Wood
  • System Designer: Tony Smith
  • Audio Techs: Nick “Mystic” Davis (MON), Ali Viles (RF)
  • U.S. PA Crew: Brett Taylor, Richard Cook, Joe Simmons, Tyler Clapp, Damian Burns, Peter Smith, Adam Bannister
  • Crew Chief: Nick Mooney
  • System Engineer: Jack Murphy
  • Firehouse Owner: Bryan Olson
  • Firehouse Technical Manager: Chris Russo
  • Wigwam Digital Design Specialist: Alex Hadjigeorgiou
  • Wigwam Account Manager: Chris Hill



  • Console: DiGiCo SD7
  • Speakers: d&b audiotechnik J Series enclosures
  • Main Hangs: 14 J8’s per side, 4 J12’s per side, 9 JSubs per side
  • Side Hangs: 16 J8’s
  • Rear Hangs: 18 J8’s for 270° coverage
  • Ground Sub Arrays: 16 JSubs, 16 Infra-Subs
  • Front Fill: 8 YP’s
  • Delay Towers: Four, each with16 J8’s, additional J12’s.
  • Ring Delays: Eight hangs, each with eight V8’s, plus two hangs of eight V12’s.
  • Amps: 146 d&b D80 amplifiers
  • Processing: d&b ArrayProcessing
  • Networking: Optocore X6R-FX and X6R-TP interfaces for DiGiCo SD7 consoles; BroaMan Route66 AutoRouter . DirectOut: 1 M.1k2, 1 MADI.Bridge, 2 EXBOX.BLDS, 2 MADI.SRC, 2 Andiamo 2, 1 Andiamo.MC, 1 ANNA-LISA.


  • Console: DiGiCo SD7 (140 channels in use, 5 spares)
  • Speakers: 2 d&b audiotechnik M2 wedges (for bassist Guy Berryman)
  • IEMs: Sennheiser SR2000 w/14 wireless channels
  • Mics: Shure UHF-R wireless system, Shure SM58 (4+ on stage for Chris Martin’s vocals).

Tour Notes:
Coldplay’s massive 2016-2017 tour, in support of the band’s seventh album, A Head Full of Dreams (Dec. 2015) and 13th EP, Kaleidoscope, launched in March 2016, less than two months after the band’s Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show gig, and include more than 120 shows around the world. Ticket sales totaled $523 million for the multi-year trek, putting A Head Full of Dreams third on the list of biggest money-making tours of all time, according to Billboard and Pollstar stats. (U2’s 2009-2011 360° tour, $736 million; and Rolling Stones’ 2005-2007 “A Bigger Bang” tour, $558 million; top the list).

For more details about Coldplay’s 2016-2017 tour, go to http://fohonline.com/news/15297


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