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British rock band Coldplay has been among Oxfam's most high profile and vocal supporters of the last decade. They have used their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign in over 50 countries.
This year Coldplay have invited Oxfam to join them again as they set off on their Head Full of Dreams world tour. We’ll be asking Coldplay fans to join together and Stand as One with people forced to flee conflict and disaster.
Terrifying natural disasters, extreme hardship and brutal conflicts in countries such as Syria, South Sudan and Yemen have forced millions people worldwide to flee their homes. By standing in solidarity we can show that people fleeing are not alone, and make sure world leaders know that we won’t stand by while people suffer.
Whether you’re at a Coldplay concert or reading this from your front room, you can be part of our global solidarity movement. Take a stand with Oxfam by joining our call to action.
Our past work with Coldplay
During 2013, Coldplay donated an incredible acoustic version of their track ‘In My Place’ for a new Oxfam campaign video. Coldplay fans around the world starred in it and helped to create a unique crowd-sourced video for the GROW campaign:
In 2012, on their Mylo Xyloto tour, Coldplay helped Oxfam’s GROW campaign messages reach over 100 million people worldwide thanks to the Oxfam presence on their world tour.
In 2005, Chris Martin visited Ghana to find out more about how trade injustice affects poor farmers. He talked to farmers and tribal chiefs about the problems they face and gave an impromptu speech at the inauguration of the Peasant Farmers Association.
Coldplay has drawn an enormous amount of attention to the Make Trade Fair campaign. Throughout the campaign Chris regularly wore a ‘Make Trade Fair' T-shirt and sported ‘MTF' and = (the symbol of the campaign) on his hand and piano. The band has pushed for making world trade rules work for poor countries in many media interviews and encouraged thousands of fans to get involved.
In 2002, as part of the Make Trade Fair campaign, Chris Martin travelled to Haiti where he met coffee and rice farmers and saw the effects of unfair trade first hand. In 2003, the band performed in Mexico at a time which coincided with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Summit in Cancun.
They took time out to meet Mexican corn farmers and lobby trade ministers attending the WTO conference. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland met WTO Director General, Supachai Panitchpakdi, to petition him to change the rules of trade that are rigged against the poor. The band also delivered over three million signatures calling on governments to make trade fair, and Jonny Buckland made a presentation to the newly formed G20 group of poor nations.
The band invited Oxfam campaigners to talk to their fans at concerts throughout their 2003 ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head' tour, their 2005 ‘Twisted Logic' tour, their mammoth ‘Viva La Vida' World Tour in 2008/9 and again at their Mylo Xyloto tour in 2012.