Nights 12 and 13: São Paulo

I didn’t think it possible to be so excited about a concert I won’t be attending, but I’m genuinely thrilled that David and the band will be performing on Friday, and again on Saturday, in São Paulo. (Brazil! Finally!)

Who has tickets to these eagerly-awaited shows at Allianz Parque, the home of Palmeiras football club?

Truly a striking sight with its stainless steel façade, the eye-catching state-of-the-art stadium is one of Brazil’s many contemporary architectural successes of recent years.

Coated with plates of stainless steel – an incredible 210 tons of the stuff – which has many holes in it, the façade’s tube and strip design is known as “Stripweave” and gives a contemporary wicker effect. The holes allow sunlight as well as air to pass through, keeping the ambient temperature inside the ground pleasant and, as well as reflecting the sunlight, it creates a most impressive visual effect. Low maintenance and self-cleaning, I also love the fact that its roof captures rainwater for use around the stadium.

Barely open a year, besides numerous sporting events, its first rock concert was by Paul McCartney, who performed on two consecutive nights for as many as 90,000 people in November last year. Maroon 5, Iron Maiden and Coldplay are the next big names due to visit this popular and award-winning venue.

What changes, if any, do you expect to be made to the setlist? Which songs are you most hoping to hear?

I just know it’s going to be amazing and am so happy for you after waiting so long for this moment. Enjoy it.