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Oxfam celebrates 15 years working with Coldplay

10th Jul 2017

A flight case with an Oxfam sticker on it

The 2017 leg of Coldplay's Head Full of Dreams tour, which arrives in Cardiff on Tuesday 11 July, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with the band. In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees.

Coldplay has been among Oxfam's most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries.

Frontman Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam in 2002 when he went to Haiti. Since then he's visited coffee farmers and seen projects in India. Chris Martin said: "As a band, we're really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It's given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees."

Oxfam first joined Coldplay on their 2003 A Rush of Blood to the Head tour, then the 2005's Twisted Logic tour, their mammoth Viva La Vida World Tour in 2008/9 and again at their Mylo Xyloto tour in 2012. During that time, thousands of volunteers have been recruited in each country to talk to fans at the concerts.

In 2016 Oxfam campaigners launched the Stand as One campaign to highlight the need to help and protect people forced to flee conflict and disaster. So far 32,000 Coldplay concert goers have signed up to the campaign.

Rachel Edwards, Oxfam's on tour coordinator said: "The tour is really important in creating a global movement of Coldplay fans from the Philippines to the UK who are standing with refugees and demanding that world leaders do more. More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes through no fault of their own, and it's fantastic to see how the people we meet on the tour want to support our campaign for change."

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For more information, please contact Kai Tabacek on ktabacek1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 (0)7584 265 077

You can find accompanying images for the tour here: https://wordsandpictures.oxfam.org.uk/?c=32589&k=cffda105d0

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Notes to editors:

  • Coldplay's A Head Full Of Dreams tour comes to Cardiff on 11 and 12 July 2017 before moving on to Paris and then the US. 
  • About 32,000 people have signed Oxfam's Stand As One petition on Coldplay's current A Head Full Of Dreams tour, while 33,685 people signed up in 2012 to support the GROW campaign for a more sustainable and equitable global food and agricultural system.
  • The Stand As One campaign was launched in 2016 to show support for people who have been forced to flee their homes. This year the campaign seeks to change the immigration rules governing family reunion so that refugees in the UK can reunite with their relatives here. One example of this would be to allow unaccompanied minors to reunite with extended family members in the UK, and for minors already in the UK to bring an adult relative to join them.

For updates, please follow @oxfamgbpress