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Coldplay delay future global tours until they can ensure shows are 'carbon neutral'

Amy West
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Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during the 'A Head Full Of Dreams' Tour 2017. (Santiago Bluguermann/Getty Images)

Coldplay has announced that they will be holding off on any global tours until they can make sure their live shows are as sustainable as possible.

"We're not touring this album," frontman Chris Martin recently revealed to BBC News, referring to his and bandmates Guy Berryman, Will Champion, Jonny Buckland and Phil Harvey’s latest record Everyday Life.

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He added that the group aims to take time off over the next couple of years to work out how any future performances can be “actively beneficial” and have a “positive impact.”

The 44-year-old also detailed that their dream would be to use solar power technology during their shows from now on, and ban the use of single-use plastic.

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage at the Rogers Centre on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

"We would be disappointed if it's not carbon neutral,” Martin went on. "Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally.

"The hardest thing is the flying side of things. We've done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it's no so much taking as giving?"

This Friday, Coldplay are set to perform two shows in Jordan, which will stream to fans around the world for free on YouTube. Their last tour, A Head Full of Dreams, began in 2016 and ended the following year.

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Just last month, Martin opened up about how Everyday Life was influenced by the Syrian refuge crisis and they hope that the new songs will make people understand what others, who are in very different situations, might be going through.

“This has been the first time we’ve felt like, “We’ve got to this place as a band so there’s really nothing to think about career-wise.

Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman Chris Martin and Will Champion pose with Gold Super Bowl 50 Footballs. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

“You can just speak completely freely and let all the colours of life come through,” he told Annie Mac on Radio 1's Future Sounds.

“It seems to me that one of the things that might help people have a better time is to put themselves in other people’s shoes, whether that’s these kids who have to leave Syria, or who grew up in Baltimore, or whatever it might be. Rather than judging from afar, maybe think: ‘I wonder what it’s like to be there’.”