One Direction are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson. The group signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010. Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction's five albums, Up All Night, Take Me Home, Midnight Memories and Made in the A. M. topped charts in most major markets, generated hit singles including "What Makes You Beautiful", "Live While We're Young", "Best Song Ever", "Story of My Life" and "Drag Me Down". The group have received numerous accolades including seven Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, 28 Teen Choice Awards. In 2013, they earned an estimated $75 million, becoming the second highest earning celebrity under 30 according to Forbes; the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry honoured them as the Global Recording Artist of 2013.
Forbes ranked them as the fourth highest-earning celebrities in the world in 2015, second in 2016. After the release of Four, One Direction became the first band in the US Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one, their third album, Midnight Memories, was the best-selling album worldwide in 2013 with 4 million copies sold globally. The band's Where We Are Tour in support of Midnight Memories and Four, was the highest-grossing concert tour in 2014, the highest-grossing tour by a vocal group in history, the 18th highest-grossing concert tour of all time, grossing $290.2 million. In 2014, Billboard named One Direction Artist of the Year; the band went on hiatus in January 2016, allowing all members to pursue other projects. As of 2017, the band has sold a total of 50 million records worldwide. In 2010, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson auditioned as solo candidates for the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor.
They failed to progress to the "Boys" category at "judges' houses" but were put together to form a five-piece boy band at Wembley Arena, in London, England, in July 2010, during the "bootcamp" stage of the competition, thus qualifying for the "Groups" category. Nicole Scherzinger, a guest judge, Simon Cowell have both claimed to have come up with the idea of forming the band. In 2013, Cowell said that it "took him 10 minutes to put them together as a group". Subsequently, the group got together for two weeks to get to know each other and to practice. Styles came up with the name One Direction. For their qualifying song at "judges' houses", their first song as a group, One Direction sang an acoustic version of "Torn". Cowell commented that their performance convinced him that they "were confident, like a gang of friends, kind of fearless as well." Within the first four weeks of the live shows, they were his last act in the competition. The group gained popularity in the UK. One Direction achieved third place in the competition and after the final, their song "Forever Young", which would have been released if they had won The X Factor, was leaked onto the internet.
Shortly afterwards it was confirmed that One Direction had been signed by Cowell to a reported £2 million Syco Records record contract. Recording for their debut album began in January 2011, as they flew to Los Angeles to work with RedOne, a record producer. A book licensed by One Direction, One Direction: Forever Young, was published by HarperCollins in February 2011, subsequently topping The Sunday Times Best Seller list; the same month, the boy band and other contestants from the series participated in the X Factor Live Tour. During the tour, the group performed for 500,000 people throughout the UK. After the tour concluded in April 2011, the group continued working on their debut album. Recording took place in Stockholm and Los Angeles, as One Direction worked with producers Carl Falk, Savan Kotecha, Steve Mac, Rami Yacoub, among others. Released in September 2011, One Direction's debut single, "What Makes You Beautiful", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, after becoming the most pre-ordered Sony Music Entertainment single in history.
Subsequent singles, "Gotta Be You" and "One Thing", peaked in the UK Singles Chart top ten. In November 2011, they signed a record deal with Columbia Records in North America. Steve Barnett, the co-chairman of Columbia Records, said it was not a difficult decision to sign One Direction. "What Makes You Beautiful" was released in the United States in February 2012, where it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 28, becoming the highest debut for a British act since 1998. It has sold over 4 million copies in the US. Upon arrival in the US in February 2012, One Direction embarked on a radio promotion spree, as well as their first North American concert tour as an opening act for Big Time Rush, they made their first US television appearance on The Today Show, at the Rockefeller Center. Critically commended for its appeal to the teenage audience, One Direction's first studio album, Up All Night, was released globally in early 2012, it became the UK's fastest-selling debut album of 2011, topped the charts in sixteen countries.
The album bowed atop the Billboard 200 chart, making One Direction the first British group in US chart history to enter at number one with their debut album. They were inducted into the Guinness World Records
Lebanon national football team
The Lebanese national football team, controlled by the Lebanon Football Association, has represented Lebanon in association football since their inception in 1933. The squad is governed by the AFC in Asia, FIFA worldwide; until 2019, Lebanon had never qualified for a major competition through qualification, they reached the main stages via qualification for the 2019 Asian Cup. Lebanon's main stadium is the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium in Beirut, however they play at other stadiums such as the Saida International Stadium in Sidon. In 1934, Lebanon played their first match against the Romanian side T. A. C, but was not ratified by FIFA. Lebanon's first FIFA-recognized game, was played in 1940 against Mandatory Palestine. During their 2014 qualification campaign for the World Cup, Lebanon reached the fourth round of qualifying for the first time thanks to a 2–1 victory against South Korea at home in 2011, but failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup by finishing bottom of that group. At the 2019 Asian Cup, Lebanon were close to qualifying to the knock-out stages for the first time.
However, they lost out to Vietnam in the third-place ranking on the fair play rule and were knocked out of the competition. Lebanon competes in the WAFF Championship, the Arab Nations Cup and the Pan Arab Games, they have finished third once at the Arab Nations and twice at the Pan Arab Games, in all three occasions as hosts. Inspired by their national symbol, the Lebanese team is known as "the Cedars" by media, their home kit is red and their away kit white, in reference to their national flag. After a steady decrease in their FIFA ranking from 1998 to 2016, Lebanon jumped 66 places and reached their highest rank to date – 77th – in September 2018; this came after a 15-game unbeaten streak, from 24 March 2016 to 11 October 2018, in which Lebanon won eight games and drew seven. On 22 March 1933, representatives of thirteen associations gathered in the city of Mina Al Hosn to form the Lebanon Football Association, with Lebanese journalist Nassif Majdalani helping in its formation, it joined FIFA in 1935 and the AFC in 1964.
On 27 January 1934, Beirut's International team lost to the varsity team of the American University of Beirut 5–1. The following month, a Beirut team composed of AUB varsity and Renaissance athletes played two matches against the Romanian side T. A. C. at home. The first match, on 18 February at the Edmond Rubeiz Field, ended in a 1–9 defeat; the unofficial matches are regarded. The All-Beirut Team lost again to T. A. C. on 21 November 1935 at the Varsity Field. In 1936 the Beirut XI lost 6-2 to Romania's Unirea Tricolor București, who had faced the AUB teams that year. Beirut XI, representing Lebanon, played its first game against Syria in 1939 at the Habib Abou Chahla Stadium; the team played 17 unofficial games against Damascus XI until 1963, winning nine, drawing two and losing six. The national team's first official FIFA game was a 5–1 loss to Mandatory Palestine on 27 April 1940, with Kamil scoring Lebanon's first official international goal. In 1944, Lebanon lost to an unofficial Iraq national team representing Iraq's Ministry of Education and coached by George Raynor.
During the 1950s, Lebanon was coached by Vinzenz Dittrich and Ljubiša Broćić. The side played three official games, only managing one draw, against Syria in 1953; the team played unofficial games against top-level European clubs such as Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Trnava in 1957. Lebanon played Energia Flacara Ploiesti the same year in the opening game of the Sports City Stadium; the match ended 1–0 to Lebanon thanks to a Joseph Abou Murad goal. From 19 to 27 October 1957 Lebanon hosted the second edition of the Pan Arab Games, were drawn with Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the group stages. After two 1–1 draws against Saudi Arabia and Syria, Lebanon defeated Jordan 6–3 in their first official international win thanks to two braces by Joseph Abu Murad and Mardek Chabarian and one goal each by Robert Shehada and Levon Altonian. In the semifinals, Lebanon lost 4–2 to Tunisia, they finished in third place, since Morocco withdrew from the third-place match. In 1958, Joseph Nalbandian was appointed coach of the national team.
He was one of Lebanon's most successful coaches, winning eight of 22 official matches during his 11-year tenure. Under Nalbadian, Lebanon hosted the 1959 Mediterranean Games and were grouped with Italy B and Turkey B, they finished last after four losses to the two European teams. In 1963 Lebanon hosted the inaugural edition of the Arab Cup, were grouped with Tunisia, Syria and Jordan, they won their first match against Kuwait 6–0, thanks to a hat trick by captain Levon Altonian. This tied Lebanon's biggest win to date, a 7–1 victory against Saudi Arabia in 1961. After another win and two losses, Lebanon finished third in the tournament. In the following edition, in 1966, Lebanon was drawn with Iraq, Jordan and Bahrain in Group A. After three wins and a draw, they qualified to the semi-finals against Syria, where they lost 1–0. In the third-place match Lebanon lost 6 -- 1 to Libya, their first Asian Cup qualifying campaign was in 1971, coached by Joseph Abou Murad. In the first round they lost to host Kuwait 0–1, but defeated traditional rival Syria 3–2 to qualify for the next round.
In a decisive semi-final match against Iraq, Lebanon was eliminated. Despite the country's civil war, Lebanon appeared in the 198
National Stadium (Thailand)
The National Stadium of Thailand is a sports complex located in Pathum Wan District, Bangkok. Founded in 1937 with the construction of Supachalasai Stadium, its main venue, the complex has since expanded and now consists of multiple stadia and sporting facilities, it is used for football matches. It served as the main stadium for the 1966, 1970, 1978 Asian Games, it was used for the 2007 AFC Asian Cup, but only for one game. The stadium is easy for spectators to get to as it is served by the BTS Skytrain which stops at the'National Stadium BTS station' right next to the stadium; the stadium is a single tier construction, uncovered on three sides. A plain but effective roof covers the main-stand side. Although there is a running track, the tribunes are adjacent to it so spectators are not as far from the action as they are at the newer Rajamangala Stadium. Spectator comfort was increased in 2007 with the addition of red bench seats to the bare concrete steps on the three open sides. Thai league clubs play at the Suphachalasai in Asian competitions as their own stadiums do not meet Asian Football Confederation criteria.
However, it is now used by the national team who play at the Rajamangala National Stadium. Other stadiums in Bangkok include the Thai Army Sports Stadium, the Thai-Japanese Stadium and Chulalongkorn University Stadium. Entertainer Michael Jackson performed 2 concerts there during his Dangerous World Tour on 24 and 27 August 1993 in front of 140,000 in attendance. Suphachalasai Stadium is the majority part of the National Stadium, it is the multi-purpose stadium with track and field for athletic purposes, as well as a partial roof on one of its side. With its capacity of 19,793, the stadium is being used to hold important matches such as the Thai FA Cup and Thai League Cup. Thephasadin Stadium was constructed in 1965 for the use in 1966 Asian Games as the Hockey venue, hence its original name, Hockey Field, it was renamed in 1983 in memorial of Sanan Thephasadin na Ayutthaya, considered the Father of Thai Football. With its capacity of 6,378 seats, it was retired from being the hockey stadium. Jindarat Stadium, constructed after the Pacific War, was used as the outdoor stadium for medium-level sporting events and practicing purposes.
It was named Ton Pho Stadium, but was renamed in 1983 in memorial of Jindarat, former director of the Office of Sports and Recreation Development. Wisutamol Pool was constructed in 1961 under the term of director Kong Wisutamol, it was the Olympic-size swimming pool with two sides of stands, used for the competition and general practices. Named the Olympic Pool, it was renamed in memorial of the director Wisutamol who organized the construction. Nimibutr Stadium, opened in 1963 is an indoor stadium used for sports including boxing, gymnastics, futsal and handball. Jhanthana-Yingyong Gymnasium was built in 1965. Rajamangala National Stadium Media related to Suphachalasai Stadium at Wikimedia Commons
The Bangkok Mass Transit System known as the BTS or the Skytrain, is an elevated rapid transit system in Bangkok, Thailand. It is operated by Bangkok Mass Transit System PCL, a subsidiary of BTS Group Holdings, under a concession granted by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration; the system consists of 43 stations along two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and Kheha and the Silom Line which serves Silom and Sathon Roads, the central business district of Bangkok, terminating at National Stadium and Bang Wa. The lines have a combined route length of 48.7 kilometers. The system is formally known as "the Elevated Train in Commemoration of HM the King's 6th Cycle Birthday". Besides the BTS, Bangkok's rapid transit system includes the underground and elevated Mass Rapid Transit railway lines, the Bus Rapid Transit System, the elevated Airport Rail Link, serving several stations in the city before reaching Suvarnabhumi Airport. Plans for mass transit in Bangkok began in the early-1980s.
An early version of the Skytrain project was known as the Lavalin Skytrain because it was designed using the Vancouver SkyTrain as a model, adopting technology developed by SNC-Lavalin. Due to political interference, the concession with Lavalin was cancelled in June 1992, despite Bangkok's chronic traffic congestion; the Thai Government focused on increasing road and expressway infrastructure in an attempt to reduce the congestion. This had little impact; the routes considered as part of the Skytrain project would become the basis for the MRT system and are underground. In the early-1990s, foundations and a viaduct for the Lavalin Skytrain were constructed in the middle of the Phra Pok Klao Bridge across the Chao Phraya River; the planned metro bridge may be part of the MRT's future Purple Line. Another abortive attempt at building an elevated rail network was the Bangkok Elevated Road and Train System, terminated in 1998 after only 10 percent had been completed. Shortly after it became clear that the Lavalin Skytrain had stalled, then-Governor Major General Chamlong Srimuang asked his deputy, Captain Kritsada Arunwong na Ayutthaya, to create a new feeder system with a route along Sukhumvit and Silom Roads.
Krisda and his team from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration succeeded in finding a private investor. Krisda convinced everyone concerned to allow the city supervise the project. Keeree Kanjanapas founded the Bangkok Transit System Corporation and it financed the system and grew it from a feeder system to a full mass transit project. Thanayong Public Company Limited had a 28 percent stake in BTSC when the Skytrain began, therefore in its early days the system was sometimes referred to as the "Thanayong Skytrain". Siemens, the supplier of the railway technology, the Thai contractor, Italian Thai Development, built the system for BTSC; the "Skytrain" name was bestowed by the press following the Vancouver example where the elevated metro had been named "Skytrain". The Skytrain depot was to be built underneath Lumphini Park, but due to widespread objections from Bangkok residents it was constructed on a parcel of land on Phahonyothin Road, replacing the old northern/northeastern bus terminal.
The current depot at Mo Chit is part of the proposed "Bangkok Terminal" project, where a large complex composed of a new regional bus terminal and ride facility, other commercial development can be built directly above it. The Skytrain system was opened on 5 December 1999 by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, it had lower-than-predicted ridership, with 200,000 passenger trips per day. Ticket revenue was only enough to meet the trains' operating cost, not sufficient to service construction loans; the Skytrain's daily passenger numbers have increased since then. On 9 December 2005, more than 500,000 single trips were made on the Skytrain on a single day for the first time. By September 2012, the Skytrain served around 600,000 passengers on an average day, increasing to 650,000 on an average weekday in 2013. A record 760,000 passengers traveled on Sunday, 22 December 2013, a day of mass political protest in Bangkok; the normal Sunday average is 400,000 passengers. The BTS has a fleet of 52 four-car trains.
Forty-six new four-car trains are on order. They will address growing capacity requirements of the existing lines and the full launch of Northern and Southern Green Line extensions, they will be delivered from 2018–2021. All of the system's stations are constructed on three levels; the street level provides access to the station proper via stairs and escalators. Supporting utility equipment are located at this level on traffic islands; the first elevated level of the stations contains the ticket booths, some small kiosk-like shops, access control gates. The second level contains the platforms and rails. With the exception of Siam Station and Samrong, the stations follow a side platform layout. Siam Station uses island platforms to facilitate cross-platform interchange between the two lines. Additionally, many stations have ramps and elevators to allow passengers who use wheelchairs to access the ticketing hall and platforms from the street; the distances between doors are equal throughout the train, regardless of whether they are in the same or different cars, the locations whe
National Stadium BTS station
National Stadium station is a BTS Skytrain station, on the Silom Line in Pathum Wan District, Thailand. The station is located on Rama I Road to the west of Pathum Wan intersection, where the National Stadium, MBK Center, Siam Discovery Center, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre and Siam Square are situated and all linked to the station by skybridge, it is in walking distance to Siam Center and Siam Paragon, which are located at Siam station. Jim Thompson House, popular Thai silk museum of Jim Thompson, is just opposite the station on Soi Kasemsan 2. To the west of the station, still terminus, passengers can take the buses or taxis in not long distance to historical area of Bangkok, where the notable attractions are located such as the Grand Palace, Sanam Luang, Wat Pho, the Democracy Monument, Ratchadamneon Avenue, Giant Swing, Golden Mount and Khaosan Road Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat service at Saphan Hua Chang Pier to Pratunam market and Golden Mount Bangkok Skytrain
MRT Orange Line
The MRT Orange Line is one of the planned rapid transit lines of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area, Thailand. This Line is divided into two sections, Bang Khun Non - Thailand Cultural Centre and Thailand Cultural Centre - Min Buri. Construction started in June 2017 and the line is projected to open in early 2023; when completed, the line will be about 37.5 km long underground, with 30 stations. 7 stations will be elevated stations and 23 will be underground, including an interchange with the current Thailand Cultural Centre Station of MRT Blue Line). As of 30 September, overall construction had progressed to 18.33% The original plan of the Orange Line aimed to serve travel demand between the northwestern area of Thonburi, at Bang Bamru Railway Station in Bang Phlat District, the east of Bangkok in Bang Kapi District. It was planned to run along Ramkhamhaeng Road and Ratchawithi Road, passing many public places like Hua Mak Stadium, Dusit Zoo and Victory Monument, provide access to universities including Ramkhamhaeng University, Suan Sunandha and Suan Dusit Rajabhat University and many government offices.
In 2009, the proposed MRT Brown line from Bang Kapi District, elevated along Ram Khamhaeng Road, to the eastern suburb in Saphan Sung District and Min Buri District, was merged with the Orange Line in Bangkok's mass rapid transit master plan. In July 2011, the section from Bang Khun Non to Taling Chan was scrapped in favour of the SRT Light Red line spur line which duplicates the same route. In 2012, there were further notable changes made to the central and western sections of the Orange Line; the section from Din Daeng District to Bang Bamru was rerouted away from Victory Monument to Pratunam, Petchaburi Road and Larn Luang Road under Ratchadamnoen Klang Road and terminating at Bang Khun Non to interchange with the MRT Blue Line extension. The Orange Line starts at Suwinthawong rd in Min Buri District in Bangkok's eastern suburbs as an elevated line running along Ramkhamhaeng Road, it will interchange with the future MRT Yellow Line at Lam Sali station. It proceeds underground near Lam Sali intersection in Bang Kapi District, where there will be a transfer to the MRT Yellow Line.
It continues southwest along Ramkhamhaeng Road, passing Hua Mak Stadium and Ramkhamhaeng University to Rama IX rd intersection. The line proceeds west along Rama IX rd and crosses Pradit Manutham Road to the current Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand Headquarters and MRT Blue line depot, it routes north to the Thailand Cultural Centre Station to interchange with the MRT Blue Line. For the western section of the Orange Line, it runs west from Thailand Cultural Centre Station via Din Daeng housing estates and Bangkok City Hall 2 to Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sam Liam Din Daeng Junction. Turns left into Ratchaprarop Road towards Pratu Nam and turns right into Phetchaburi Road interchanges with BTS Sukhumvit Line at Ratchathewi Station, it continues along Lan Luang Road and Ratchadamnoen Avenue crosses the Chao Phraya River near Phra Pinklao Bridge, passes Siriraj Hospital and goes along Bangkok Noi Rail line and terminates at Taling Chan District, where it interchanges with the SRT Light Red Line.
The Orange line was planned to be tendered by the end of 2013. However, due to protests by residents regarding station footprint and compulsory land acquisition around stations at Pratunam, Pracha Songkhro and Soesim stations the MRTA needed another 12 months to redesign sections of the line. Subsequently, political protests against the Thai government led to the metro transport funding bill lapsing when parliament was dissolved in December 2013. On 9 December 2015, Cabinet approved the Orange Line. On 19 April 2016, the Cabinet further approved a budget of 82.9 billion baht for Phase 1 East section to build 17 stations and 21.2 km of rail from the Thailand Cultural Centre to Minburi, of which 12.2 km will be underground and 9 km will be elevated. Construction contracts were signed on 9 February 2017 between the MRTA and CKST Joint Venture consortium; the line construction is divided into 4 contracts. Construction started in June 2017 with a 1980 day construction period with a scheduled opening in October 2022.
As of 31 December 2017, the progress of civil works construction was at 4.66% according to the MRTA. As of July 2018, overall construction progress is at 13.57%. As of August 2018, overall construction progress is at 16.21%. By 30 September, overall construction had progressed to 18.33% The eastern section now has an expected opening date of 2023. Construction is divided into four separate contracts. Contract 1 is for 6.29km underground and 4 underground stations from Thai Cultural Centre interchange station to Rankhamhaeng 12 station. Contract 2 is for 3.44km underground and 4 underground stations from Ramkhamheang 12 station to Hua Mark station. Contract 3 is for 4.04km underground and 3 underground stations from Hua Mark station to Klong Ban Ma station. Contract 4 is 7 elevated stations from Klong Ban Ma to Suwinthawong terminus station; the Phase 2 Western extension of the Orange line will run from Thailand Cultural Centre to Bang Khun Nun via Pratunam. The 17.5km western section will run underground with 13 stations.
The Cabinet was expected to approve the 121 billion baht budget for the Western extension in mid 2017 with a tender due for the 2nd half of 2017. However, this decision has been delayed until 2018 as options are considered for a joint public and private investment proposal. In the table below, an italicised name indicates that the station is under construction and not yet in operation. BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line Silom Line Airport Rail Link Bangkok Metro MRT Blue Line MR
A Head Full of Dreams Tour
A Head Full of Dreams Tour was the seventh concert tour undertaken by British alternative rock band Coldplay, launched in support of their namesake seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams. Marking the band's return to large-scale venues, after the brief and intimate Ghost Stories Tour, the tour visited stadiums and arenas across five continents. A Head Full of Dreams Tour boasted extensive laser light and pyrotechnic visuals similar to the Mylo Xyloto Tour, saw a reappearance of the Xylobands as a central part of the show's visual design; the tour consisted of eight legs, with a total of 122 shows across Latin America, where they performed for the first time since the Viva la Vida Tour, North America, where they embarked on their first stadium tour of the United States and Asia. The first show of the tour was held at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in La Plata, Argentina, on 31 March 2016 and concluded at the same venue on 15 November 2017. Grossing $523,033,675, the tour is the third highest-grossing concert tour in history.
A live album, Live in Buenos Aires, covering the tour, recorded during the last show in La Plata, as well as a concert film, Live in São Paulo, filmed around the world will be released. In November 2015, Coldplay announced the Latin American and European legs of the "A Head Full of Dreams Tour" through their official website, with 28 stadium shows confirmed across 14 countries in Europe and Latin America the next year. On 7 December 2015, a fourth and final date at Wembley Stadium, on Wed, 15 June 2016 was announced by the band; the following day, while being interviewed on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the band announced that the tour would visit Asia and North America. On 7 April 2016, Coldplay announced 12 new arena dates in the United States. On 29 May 2016, the band will play a homecoming gig in Exeter in England as part of BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, they have been announced as the first headliners at Glastonbury 2016, performing on Sunday 26 June. This will be the fourth time they've headlined the festival and sets a record for the most number of times a headliner has played.
It was announced that this would be their only festival performance in 2016. However, two more festivals are now on their tour agenda. While nothing has been announced nor confirmed as of yet, Coldplay has expressed an interest to visit less-visited countries during concert tours, such as India, Nepal and a large amount of Asia, as well as Africa. No dates have been set currently. Further tour dates will be announced after the release of dates of Leg 2 in Europe. On 6 October 2016, it has been confirmed on Twitter that they will visit the United States again and Canada in the Summer of 2017. On 15 November 2016, the band posted a teaser on Facebook announcing an Asian leg in 2017 that would visit Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. A week Thailand was included in the leg. On 16 March 2017, Coldplay announced extra North American dates in Toronto and Pasadena. On 25 August 2017, the Houston concert scheduled that night at NRG Stadium was postponed due to Hurricane Harvey. However, on 29 September, Coldplay decided to cancel the concert due to scheduling conflicts with the venue.
As compensation, the band announced that ticket holders will receive priority access for the next time they play in Houston. For each of the main tour dates, two supporting acts, the first billed as the "opener", the second as the "main support", performed before the concert. British folk and soul singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas served as the tour's main supporting act for all the shows during the Latin America leg, the Oceania leg and a majority of the European leg of the tour, her appearances on the tour follow her own 10-month tour in support of her July 2015-released album Blood, which had ended two weeks before the start of the A Head Full of Dreams Tour. It marked the first stadium shows of Havas' career, her first performances in Latin America; the opening acts during the Latin America leg featured local talent, including Argentinian singer and plastic artist Hana Ciliberti, Mexican pop rock artist Ximena Sariñana, who performed at the shows in Mexico City. Canadian R&B and pop artist Alessia Cara performed as a supporting act on the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, serving as the opener on a majority of the shows during the European leg and as the main support during the North American leg.
Cara, who turned 21 years old during the tour, had launched into mainstream success in 2015 with "Here", had been performing her first concert tour in the months trailing the A Head Full of Dreams Tour, in support for her debut studio album Know-It-All. Cara, skipped three dates on the tour. Swiss artist Lea Lu occupied the opening slot during the show of 11 June in Zurich, while British rock band Reef will perform during the tour's final two London shows. In lieu of La Havas' absence during the show of 11 June in Zurich and the show of 3 July in Stockholm, British recording artists Foxes and Birdy served as main support respectively. Australian musician Jess Kent performed as the main support for the Oceanian leg and did so again for the Asian leg, starting with the show of 31 March 2017 in Singapore. Japanese rock band Radwimps opened the show of 19 April in Tokyo. For the 2017 European leg, English duo AlunaGeorge performed as the main support during the Munich, Hanover and Dublin shows, while Swedish singer Tove Lo, whom Coldplay has collaborated with for a song called "Fun", served the remainder of the leg as the main support with the exception of the Gothenburg and Cardiff shows, where Danish band Mew and English band Embrace served, respectively.
The opener for the leg was Lyves, with the exception of the German shows, whe