Coldplay Were Paid An Eye-Watering Sum For Two Australian Shows

Paid for by local government...

Coldplay were reportedly paid the eye-raising fee of $AUS 8 million for two Australian shows last year.

The British band played two shows in Western Australia last year – November 18th and 19th – working with Live Nation on a pair of epic nights at Optus Stadium.

At the time, the move was brokered by the Western Australian government, who argued it represented stimulus into the region’s tourist industry. The exact amount was kept under lock and key, but – if a Guardian report proves to be correct – then the fees involved were high.

The new report suggests that Coldplay were paid $AUS 8 million for the two shows, their first in the area for over a decade.

In turn, Tourism WA said the move injected 10s of millions into the local economy, following “a rigorous assessment, cost-benefit analysis, review and approvals process, including review and approval by the Tourism WA Board, Treasury and final sign off by the minister for tourism and premier”.

Posting about the shows at the time, Coldplay said: “It’s a huge deal for us and we’re massively looking forward to coming back to Western Australia. It’s been way too long.”

The shows were part of Coldplay’s record-shattering Music Of The Spheres world tour, which has sold more than nine million tickets to date. Becoming one of the highest grossing tours of all time, it’s also groundbreaking in its approach to eco-politics – using a 12 point plan, they’ve cut emissions by 50% resulting in a new, super-green tactic for live music.

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