Coldplay has announced that they will not go on tour until they find a more environmentally-sustainable method of travel.
"The hardest thing is the flying side of things,” frontman Chris Martin told The BBC. “But, for example, our dream is to have a show with no single use plastic, [and] to have it largely solar powered. We've done a lot of big tours at this point. How do we turn it around so it's [not] so much taking as giving?"
Instead of a global tour for the band’s upcoming album, — entitled "Everyday Life" — they will perform two concerts in the Jordanian desert on Friday which they will broadcast to the world on YouTube. The desert concerts will take at sunrise and one at sunset, reflecting the two 'sides' of their new album, The BBC reported.
They will also perform one show in London at the Natural History Museum. The proceeds from that show will be donated to the environmental charity ClientEarth.
Martin said this isn’t a lifetime ban on the group's touring. They will resume shows once they’ve found a way of not just decreasing their carbon footprint but being “environmentally beneficial.”
Coldplay’s last world tour, that spanned from 2016 to 2017, required 109 tour members, 32 trucks and nine bus drivers. They all traveled around the world, playing 122 concerts across five continents. The concerts brought out 5.4 million fans, each of whom has their own environmental impact of traveling to and from the show.
The announcement comes amid the protests of activist group Extinction Rebellion in the UK and as activists warn that carbon offsets may not be as beneficial for the environment as airlines claim.