A tribute band coming to Evesham have been looking back on their chance meeting with the star that inspired them.

Coldplace, hailed as the world’s leading Coldplay tribute, are coming to The Henrician next month.

Founding members Shane Crofts and Wayne Birch started up due to their mutual love of Coldplay but didn’t expect to still be going 20 years later.

Ahead of their gig in Evesham, Shane recalled the time he met Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

“I was fortunate enough to meet Chris Martin when we were first starting to tour abroad with our show,” he said.

“I’d travelled to London as we realised we hadn’t applied for our Visas to go to Moscow, and it was a bit of a last minute panic.

“After going to the Russian Embassy, I had to stay in London for the day waiting for them to be processed, so I thought I’d hang out around the studio that I knew Coldplay were recording in at the time.

“I sat on a bench thinking I’d never be lucky enough to see them, and sure enough, Chris Martin himself emerged.

“I had a photo with him and a quick chat about us going to Russia with his show, which was a bit surreal.

“It certainly made the visit to London more interesting!”

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Evesham Journal: Shane met Chris Martin after picking up Visas from the Russian EmbassyShane met Chris Martin after picking up Visas from the Russian Embassy (Image: Coldplace)

Starting off in a pub in Lincolnshire, Coldplace has gone on to play 921 shows in 31 countries around the world.

They have shared the stage with names such as Sir Bob Geldoff, Ringo Starr, McFly, Natalie Imbruglia and KT Tunstall.

When they first formed, Coldplay had released just two albums – A Rush of Blood to the Head and Parachutes.

Copying their set lists, costumes and movements, Coldplace focused on giving their shows a sense of authenticity.

“Obviously starting out, we didn’t really make much money to put towards props for our show, so we made everything ourselves,” Shane said.

“We’d spend hours studying videos and footage of Coldplay, watching their moves, costumes, props, and trying to mimic them as best we could.

“We’d then put our ideas together and come up with a show as close to the real thing.”

Coldplace’s upcoming show in Evesham, on March 12, forms part of their Music of Spheres theatre tour which celebrates their 20th anniversary.  


For more information or to book tickets for £22.50, visit www.coldplace.co.uk or www.henrician.org/events/coldplace/.