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Coldplay react to Istanbul attacks, Brexit, and shoot a new video in Germany

During a Berlin concert held after the terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Coldplay singer Chris Martin paid tribute to the victims and commented on Brexit. The band is now filming a new video in Hanover - and it sparkles.

The British band Coldplay, currently on a world tour, was in concert in Berlin on Wednesday (29.06.2016) - a day after the triple suicide bombings at Istanbul's international airport that left at least 42 people dead.

Singer Chris Martin showed his solidarity with the victims of the attacks by placing a Turkish flag on his piano during the song "Everglow."

He also reacted to the Brexit referendum, thanking the crowd that so many people came to see a British concert. "It hasn't been an easy week," he added.

Despite the tragic mood of recent events, the band focused on creating a rainbow-filled atmosphere throughout its two-hour concert.

Hanover - extras for Coldplay video, Copyright: picture-alliance/dpa/J. Stratenschulte

Extras line up to join the Coldplay video shoot in Hanover

Sparkling video in Hanover

Coldplay also decided to film its newest video in Germany. The "Eisstadion" (Ice Stadium) arena in Hanover was selected as a location for its particular atmosphere.

Some 1,200 extras were invited to take part in the shoot, scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday (30.06.2016).

To avoid images leaking out, cell phones and bags were not allowed in the hall during the shoot. To create the video's festive atmosphere, the extras were given numerous sparklers.

Fans hoping to see the members of the band were however disappointed, as the musician's part of the shoot was scheduled separately for security reasons.

The band will be playing in Hamburg on Friday.

eg/rf (dpa)

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