“Let’s make this a love fest” Martin says during an extended version of “Yellow”, their indelible breakthrough hit, as he asks the front half of the crowd to turn around and sing the song’s refrain to the people at the back. “Look at the stars/ Look how they shine for you,” bellows half of Wembley’s 90,000 crowd as the L.E.D wristbands the crowd were given on entry light up and turn the stadium – you guessed it – yellow.
Alongside tricks from the Stadium Concert Handbook – pyro, balloons, confetti, fireworks, a runway and a B-stage in the middle of the crowd for Martin to do his unashamedly awkward run/dance hybrid – the wristbands elevate the show. It’s a brilliant idea: not only does it make the gig as Instagram friendly as an art installation, but the visual gala of 90,000 lights flashing around Wembley is thrilling. The entire crowd is involved in the show at a stroke, making tonight about more than just songs, but the sense of being part of something bigger.