18 April 2013 / submitted by Brad, United States of America
Q.  Hello most wonderful Oracle. What is the band hoping for out of fans in the front few rows? I got brought down by a roadie at the Barclays and didn't realize how nuts I was getting (evidence is on the screen 1:43 into this video). I was standing right in front of Guy and don't know if it was good or annoying to him that I was so crazy since he's so chill. Best night of my life, thanks to you and Coldplay for everything you do.
Ha! That's brilliant. You're in good company, here is someone else going nuts at a Coldplay show.
You did good, Brad. The whole point of bringing you guys down to the front is for you to have the best time ever and the band love to see that. It's always great looking out and seeing people enjoying themselves.
Don't ever hold back; go for it!

17 April 2013 / submitted by Dorothea, Austria
Q.  Dear Oracle,

First I hope you're doing fine and everything goes well!?
I have a question concerning the Oxfam In My Place film project... sadly I found out today that it was possible for fans to participate by sending a pic or video for the film. Is it totally useless to send one through? I would really love to send one... but I know I missed the deadline *damn*.
And second I wanted to ask if this will be a real music video for the Oxfam version of In My Place with the band in it etc. or is it a PR-video for the Oxfam campaign?

Thank you a lot for your reply :)
Have a good day,
greets from Austria
The deadline was the final date to submit your videos.
The answer to your second question can be seen here as Mat Whitecross has worked hard to turnaround those submissions into a great video.

17 April 2013 / submitted by margaret, United States of America
Q.  Dearest Oracle,
I found this picture on Google Images, and I can see that the one on the right is Will, but who is the other one? Thank you so much!


P.S. DO you think Coldplay will ever come to Louisville, KY for a tour? It's the only way I would ever go to a Coldplay concert... :(
That's Dan Green - their sound engineer.

17 April 2013 / submitted by Alanna, United States of America
Q.  What made you all want to start a band, and was it hard at first getting along and did you think you guys would become so famous?
Thanks :)
All the guys played instruments before they met at UCL. Chris claims he only went to University in London to meet Jonny, Guy & Will, that is that he knew it would be a great place to get a band together - and it was!

By the way, anyone who joins a band to become famous is doing it for the wrong reasons. Of course musicians want to be able to make a career out of being in a band but fame - that's a by-product of success. In my eyes, success is a far greater achievement.

16 April 2013 / submitted by Wendy, United Kingdom
Q.  I have not heard one thing about Coldplay in so long. I was listening to my two favorite songs off of MX last night, Hurts Like Heaven, and Don't let it Break Your Heart, and thinking these songs are so special to me and make me feel like crying but in a good way. I hope the band will make more music in the near future. Thanks.


We have been updating the news section of the website & tweeting. In fact, today's news (& imminent Coldplay Messenger newsletter) contain info about one of your aforementioned favourite tracks.

It's Record Store Day in the UK on Saturday (20th April). There is a special picture disc limited edition release of Hurts Like Heaven and Us Against The World (Live). It will also contain Issue One of the Mylo Xyloto Comic.

More information was posted by Anchorman earlier.

16 April 2013 / submitted by Angela, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle ! :)
I would like to know.. There's a colour song in each album:
- Yellow in Parachutes
- Green Eyes in AROBTTH
- White Shadows in X&Y
- Violet Hill in VLVODAAHF
- Charlie Brown in Mylo Xyloto
Did they do this on purpose or it's just a coincidence ?
Thanks !
Total coincidence. Violet Hill is a place and Charlie Brown is a name so I don't associate either of those songs with their title's colour.

15 April 2013 / submitted by Elizabeth, United States of America
Q.  Hey Oracle,
Today, for the probably the 50th time, I watched Live 2012, which is my favorite movie of all time. In the credits at the end of the movie, under "Montreal Film Crew" "Camera Operators" one of the names listed was "Will Champion" - Is that a coincidence or was Will apart of the filming?! Please let me know!
Your #1 Coldplayer,
Elizabeth :)
Yes he was! When the guys perform the Stage C segment of the show, Will is recording on a hand-held camera before he joins the rest of the band - that's why he has a filming credit.

15 April 2013 / submitted by Jesse K, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,
You recently answered a question about whether or not Chris or any of the band are vegetarians. I am curious about the segment of 5:29 to 5:45 in this video.
You said that the vegetarian claim is a "common misconception," and I of course believe that you know that for a fact, I'm just curious why Chris wouldn't have set the record straight in this situation? Has he/they only just recently become carnivores? Thanks Oracle!
"We're not so much a big meat band" isn't saying they don't eat meat.
You have to remember that the band have no religious or moral reasons for abstaining. What they eat is to keep fit & healthy so they may one or all go through periods of time where they do or don't eat meat.
I don't think Chris saw it as a serious question (Cold cut/Coldplay... neither do I) and that's probably why he didn't feel the need to elaborate further.

12 April 2013 / submitted by Valentina, Argentina
I have a little problem. You know that mixing friendship with love it's always a mess. And of course, I got into one of those. But it's not the typical story of best friends who fall in love. We are friends, best friends actually, and I love him. How couldn't I? Is the best friend I ever have. And then it is this part, this physical attraction between us, which is unbearable. We can't help it, we always end up kissing each other. But it doesn't exist a romantic part, not for me at least. I don't want to be his girlfriend, because I'm happy with our relationship just like it is.
But he is different, he is starting to get jealous every time he sees me with another boy and I am not willing to be controlled. Lets say I'm a free spirit. I have no jealousy or envy in my heart, for me he can do whatever he want with whoever he desires. But I don't wanna hurt his feelings.
I said to him the kissing part it's over, that we can't continue if he is jealous, because our friendship it's going to go always in the first place. I did the right thing? It doesn't feel that way, I miss him.
Please tell me if I am crazy, if it is worth it to give up to my freedom just for him.
You have to understand I'm a bit scared, I have awful experiences in the past.
Anyway, thanks for listen. Love.
Ooh Valentina, I can't help think you are kidding yourself. That means I think you are trying to convince yourself that you don't have feelings other than friendship for this guy. I actually think you do. He obviously has feelings for you so it's very tricky. It was a good decision to stop the kissing but let's see how long that lasts for shall we ;-)
If the attraction is unbearable yet you have no romantic feelings for him, there's clearly lust & love going on here. I think you're fighting against your feelings. You say he's jealous and you're not but has that ever been tested I wonder. If he got a girlfriend tomorrow, can you honestly say it would not bother you AT ALL?
You can be in a relationship and still have your freedom you know. I don't know why you think it has to clip your wings. If he's the best friend you could ever wish for, maybe he'll be a great boyfriend. I don't think he wants to control you but obviously the poor lad is confused. Anyone would be if there's been kissing and now you're telling him there'll be no more.
It's good you don't want to hurt his feelings but likewise, don't think he's out to intentionally hurt you just because you've had bad experiences in the past. Love is a risk but maybe he's someone worth taking it with.
As a last note, my friend invited her male best friend to her wedding - he also happens to be her ex- boyfriend and first love. Don't automatically assume that a friendship will be ruined if you become a couple.
Over to you.

Curiously I could say that I was feeling in the same situation as you, falling in love with your best friend, but, I mean it's ok!, You're not crazy and what you feel for him is something beautiful, but sometimes you have to think with the head and not the heart.
I understand you are scared but you don't have to be alone. You had taken the decision not to be his girlfriend, but he also has to accept the fact that even if he gets jealous or tries to kiss you one more time, make for him clear you don't want to tear apart that awesome relationship, and also that he accepts that you're free to choose with you want to spend your time.
Think just about it when your head is clean, and if you're still looking for answers, just close your eyes, take a deep breath, and see inside yourself, that's were you will find it. Un abrazo amiga Vale, Cata de Mexico.

You are not crazy at all, I assume you are misunderstood by your friend. You love him as a friend and obviously not for that what he wanted to be for you. You had bad experiences and it’s understandable you are not ready for a relationship, maybe the wrong time or the wrong person. For being friends his jealousy is inappropriate. In your situation you did the right thing to set a limit to him and he should accept this.
But then he probably did not have the same experience as you and he seems to expect more than friendship. Some people can’t stand it being “just” friends with someone they are in love with, they even prefer to loose the contact. Though I think they underrate the importance of real friendship, you can’t help them. Explain to him your situation, that you would want to keep this friendship, but he should not wait for a change of your attitude. Then consider about this yourself too, imagine how it would feel for you if he has found someone else one day, would you regret it? Love. L.Q.

Honestly, I believe you should take your friendship to the next level. If you're that good friends that he is getting jealous seeing you with another guy, it's obvious that he wants more. And if you do honestly love him, you will want what's best for him. Your relationship doesn't have to be serious at the beginning, you can just test it out and if it doesn't feel right, then a talk to him would be the best advice. Hope I've come to some help, and good luck! Kate, UK.

What you described you that you share with this guy sounds beautiful. Few people are lucky enough to experience something like this. You are attracted to him too. Give the relationship a try but set boundaries with him. You don't want to be controlled in any way. If he agrees to it, ok or else you will remain friends only. It's up to you but fighting feelings you have for someone is no fun! Listen to your heart. Good luck and take care sweetie. Love, Sandy.

Go for it Valentina! Take a risk... Life is short and love is hard to find.

You have done the right thing and don't feel bad about it friends always have their ups and downs but at the end of the day if he is a true best friend then you will be best friends again but fighting back stronger before you know it. Just give him some time to think things through, then try going to his door and sort things out then before you know it you will be best buddies again. If not then he has lost a great friend hope my advice helps. Sare.

I'll tell you the hard truth: You don't be silly and forget it. Just think, if you tell him to be friends again this will not be like before. If you tell him to be in love, it will be disastrous because you do not feel comfortable with that idea. You shouldn't always expect good things in life; learn that you can't always get what you want. You are young, friends come and go, hypocritical or not, they will. I recommend you go on with your life and be happy being who you are. Who really loves you accepts you as you are, don't ever change for anyone. Harold.

I really know where you're coming from. Commitment to one person means intimacy that you're having with that person only. This can be quite scary especially if you've had bad experiences. I do think sometimes we have to close up, just as a defense mechanism, when we are hurting. We all need that sometimes, but you don't want it to get in the way of your future happiness. You could be happy without a relationship with him, I just mean if your fear of getting hurt is stopping you from commitment and it's what you want. Now, if you're only considering this because you feel pressured or he's making you choose between an intimate relationship or your friendship, I must advise against it. You don't owe him anything, you did well in telling him you did not want a relationship. However I do think he has a right to stay away if he doesn't want to get hurt. If you'd be together with him only because you missed him as a friend, though, it might be messy too. Just make sure that if you go into a relationship with him, you're doing it for the right reasons. Hope this helps. Take care. Love, Darem.

I think u should ask about his feelings and how long he had these feelings. A man should never have total control in a relationship*. Kecia.

(* Neither should a woman! - Oracle.)

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12 April 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following heartbreaking question, in no more than 250 words, to before midnight Thursday 18th April.

I feel so confused. What is the real reason we are here earth? I thought it was for us to be happy, but what happens to us afterwards? Where do we go? I wish I knew. My lover, my baby, my one and only, passed away last month in a car accident. He was only 20 years, and so full of life. The most amazing person I've ever known. Where did he go? Is he ok? Will I see him someday?
Sorry for all the questions.
Thank you Coldplay for teaching me lessons and helping me understand myself.
I just hope I get to see him again.
Manolo my love - you belong to me, not swallowed in the sea. Claudia, Puerto Rico.

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The Oracle
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