January 14, 2009 - submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom

Q. Dearest Oracle,
when I went to see Coldplay at Manchester on the 12th Dec, during Yellow I actually loved the balloons!
but the security didnt seem keen on people trying to keep them, why was this?

The Oracle replies:

Firstly they were very large and as Yellow wasn't the last song it was a long time for people to cling on to the balloons rather than spread the love around. Also people were actually battling over them. Two women on the front row were practically fighting during the encore when trying to retrieve their balloons from security personnel, quite ugly I have to say!
It would have been amusing to see people clutching balloons and then realizing they didn't fit into their car or mode of transport!