Coldplay Won't Tour Again Until Concerts Are Environmentally Friendly
British band Coldplay has pulled the plug on touring due to concerns about the environmental impacts of concerts.
Frontman Chris Martin made the announcement ahead of the release of the band's new album 'Everyday Life'.
"We're not touring this album," Martin told BBC News.
"We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial".
"How can we harness the resources that our tour creates and make it have a positive impact?" he said.
One of the biggest concerns for the band is travel.
"The hardest thing is the flying side of things," Martin said, adding that the band's dream was to have largely solar-powered concerts, free from single-use plastics.
"Our next tour will be the best possible version of a tour like that environmentally."
"We would be disappointed if it's not carbon neutral".
He urged other bands and industries to take a good look at how to best do their jobs without impacting the environment.
Coldplay's 'A Head Full Of Dreams Tour' -- which came to Australia in December 2016 -- was massive, consisting of 122 stage shows across five continents.
This time, instead of spending months at a time on the road, the band will play two concerts in Jordan on Friday -- one at sunrise and one at sunset, to mirror the two sides of their new album.
Both concerts will be free, and broadcast around the world on YouTube.
Next week, the band will perform at the Natural History Museum in London with all proceeds to go towards ClientEarth, a non-profit environmental law organisation.
Coldplay isn't the only act going environmentally friendly. Billie Eilish announced plans for her upcoming world tour to be "as green as possible".
She has banned plastic straws from her gigs and is encouraging fans to bring refillable water bottles instead of buying plastic ones. Each venue will also feature an eco-village where fans can learn about their role in the climate crisis.
Even musical festivals are under pressure to go green, with a number of Australian festivals going plastic-free.
Wollongong's Yours And Owls, this year featuring Courtney Barnett and Amy Shark, asked fans to be environmentally aware in October, urging revellers to ditch plastic and be mindful of the environment.