27 September 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom

As you may know, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday we open questions of a personal nature to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I 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 question, in no more than 250 words, to before midnight Thursday 3rd October.

Ever since my father died, my life has been going pear-shaped. I hardly never smile anymore, my mother is always violent and aggressive and I always feel anxious and scared - like something bad is going to happen.
I don't know what to do anymore, Oracle. It just seems like everyday is the same to me.
What can I do to change all of this? Alexandra, Australia.

Look forward to seeing your replies.

The Oracle.
Please email your replies to

26 September 2013 / submitted by Alex M, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I was curious to see what the smallest-scale concert that Coldplay has ever done and how small would they go?
Obviously when the band started they were playing pubs & clubs with very small capacities. The last time they played anywhere as small was December 2011 when they went back to perform at Dingwalls (Camden, London) which has a capacity of less than 500.
It's not a case of how small would they go, but can they go and for what reason.
Dingwalls was a special radio event and obviously their production had to be reduced heavily for such a tiny venue.
I have to say, watching Chris on that stage being restricted, unable to do his usual running around, was like watching a caged tiger!

26 September 2013 / submitted by Qwert, United Kingdom
Q.  A beautiful band that you may or may not know about and I know they want to keep it that way. Long division is a start.
If you have any bands you'd like to share with us - and the world - please don't send them via the Oracle Q system. We have the hypnofeed for such things. Feel free to submit the link (that I have edited out) there. I assume you're joking about them wanting to stay a secret.

25 September 2013 / submitted by Alejo, Peru
Q.  Dear Oracle. Do you know how Chris felt during and before playing this beautiful cover of Nightswimming with Michael Stipe himself? I mean, he was playing with musical icon, did he feel nervous, anxious? It would good to know some advices from him.
Greetings from Peru, your loyal fan Alejo :)
They have performed this together more than once. The first time was at a Coldplay show in Atlanta back in 2005. Before the show they rehearsed backstage to make sure they got it right. The band are good friends with Michael so any initial nerves dissipate once they're onstage.
The last time Chris & Michael duetted was 2012 at the Sandy benefit concert.

25 September 2013 / submitted by Zeynep, Turkey
Q.  Hello Oracle..I have got a question, did Coldplay's logo change? From what I hear it changed... To be honest, last logo was beautiful, please don't change! :)
The font and therefore logo have changed since Parachutes. Mylo Xyloto was a marked departure from previous albums. Atlas is a standalone track & the MX font wouldn't have fit at all.
That said, I don't know if the Atlas font will remain for album 6 - only time will tell - but the MX font will not.

25 September 2013 / submitted by Nicklaus , United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Today I found myself watching the music video for Shiver and couldn't help but wonder... Is there any place I can buy Guy's Space Invaders t-shirt? I love it.
I've no idea where you can get an exact t-shirt from almost 15 years ago but Space Invaders tees are very easy to find. Whether online, specialist vintage shops or any stockists of retro clothing. You may even get lucky at a thrift shop.
FYI: Will is also wearing a Space Invaders t-shirt in the Shiver video.

25 September 2013 / submitted by Denisse, Mexico
Q.  Hello Oracle!!
You previously confirmed that @OracleColdplay Twitter account is official. However, today I found out that you had no tweets at all and had only 5 followers (including me).
Is this normal? Is there any other account I'm missing?
Thanks a lot!
That's not right, Denisse. I'm here.

24 September 2013 / submitted by Bella, United Kingdom
Q.  Who made the Atlas video? Love it!
You can find out more about the creative team behind the video here.

24 September 2013 / submitted by Josh, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
In what accent should I read your answers?
A rich, deep RP (Received Pronunciation) vocal tone should do the trick.

24 September 2013 / submitted by Chris, United Kingdom
Q.  Is it true that Coldplay played over 100 gigs in 1998, before getting signed?
No, more like 10. They signed their record & publishing deals in 1999 but there were only a few gigs in 1998/9 before that point.