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20 January 2015 / submitted by Brooke , Canada
Q.  Hey Oracle!
I was wondering why the Coldplay website got rid of the gallery of Coldplay fan art? it was my favorite thing about the site! I was hoping to put in my own art!
Thanks! love Brooke
That was such a long time ago! Te Exhibition Room opened in 2009 but was only short term while the band were in the studio. It was replaced by the Hypnofeed which came to an end on 25th February 2014.


19 January 2015 / submitted by Gene, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I have recently found the Coldplay song called Ode to Deodorant. I was wondering where I would be able to buy a copy as I really enjoy the song.
Thanks!
It was never released so you can't buy it anywhere - unless it's an unauthorized bootleg but obviously, I wouldn't point you to an illegal copy or advise you to buy one.


19 January 2015 / submitted by Mike, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi!
As you know I'm running the campaign to get Chris honoured by his home city of Exeter. I was interviewed by the local paper and the reporter is a friend of Chris's parents. He told me that before the guys made it big they actually played a gig at a local garden centre in Exeter as Chris's parents were friends with the owners!!
The garden centre is called Bernaville Nurseries and the guys played there for the 'grand opening'
Is this story true?
It's perfectly plausible & I can't see any reason why the guy would make that up.
You asked via twitter how many times the band had played Exeter other than the Cavern & the Castle* but public appearances or playing for/with friends and family won't show up on any gigography. There have been so many off the radar performances that remain private.

*For those not on twitter, I replied "3. Just those 2 places to my knowledge, though over 3 gigs. Twice at the Cavern in 2000 and once at the Castle in 2009."



19 January 2015 / submitted by Nela, Serbia
Q.  Dear Oracle, I stubled upon your post which says that Coldplay had a song titled Called Me, way back when they were Spectoralz and that another artist recorded it under his name. Maybe I have gotten that all wrong, but could you tell me which artist? I would really like to hear that song. Thanks! One more thing, Serbia LOVES Coldplay. It would be awesome if they would choose to come here one day. Fingers crossed! :) Cheers!
You got it a little wrong but were close enough. The song was called Call Me and the band's side project was Pectoralz.
The artist was Oak but I'm afraid you can't hear it.




16 January 2015 / submitted by Anonymous, United Kingdom
Q.  TEAM ORACLE QUESTION #200
I am currently suffering with depression. Often when I am going through a tough spot I don't know who to turn to and often wish I had some sort of chat room to access. Could you help me to find a website in which this would be possible? Thank you.
I never read other Team Oracle replies until I have written my answer so I don't know if anyone has suggested any but I'd feel reluctant to recommend forums or online chat rooms that I haven't got first-hand experience of, even if I researched the topic extensively.
I'm sure there are a plethora of online communities that would probably give you what you seek but that's something you'd have to try and see what works for you.
I don't know what your local area is like but where I live, you can find similar information via community notice boards, local libraries and even in shop windows.
Personally, I propose you initially speak with your doctor as they may be able to offer you counselling through the practice. They may also know of support groups. I know speaking face to face is hard but it's another option.
Whatever you do, you got in touch here so I know you can take the next step.
I wish you luck.

I know exactly how you feel because this is the kind of stuff I had to go through before my miraculous recovery, which to this day leaves me baffled (thanks Coldplay). Anyhow, I don't know many chatrooms that are actually beneficial because most of them just depress you more, and I won't even begin to talk about seeking medical attention, because I know how much it used to get on my nerves when someone spoke of this. If you really need to talk to someone, I am always here to offer a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on. You can always email me if you feel like it at (*EDIT: Anon, please contact me for Solaf's email address if you want it). Lots of love, Solaf.

Firstly I would like to say that you should seek for professional help and talk to your family and close people. I hope you did it or you'll do it soon. If you feel depressed you should check if it is serious before it becomes too serious.
I suggest you to do sports to energize and empower your body and mind.
I found some chatrooms, I hope it helps you: here, here and here.
My e-mail is: (*EDIT: Again, please contact me for Kamili's email address) if you want to contact me.
I wish you the best and often remember these lyrics:
"In the darkness, before the dawn, in the darkness, before the dawn, leave a light, a light on, leave a light, a light on."
Love, Kamili.

Depression has gotten a bad rap, and there's no shame if you suffer from it. I also suffer from it, and I have to take medicine for it. Meds have a bad rap and shouldn't because they can and do help.
I've discovered that when I really feel down and depressed, I'm really anxious and worried about something. Anxiety and depression tend to go together.
I'm not fond of chat rooms because you don't know the people in them. This is why I love Twitter and Coldplay. If you follow the nice people on Twitter, they are kind enough to ask about you and protect you from bullies, who are on there. I love to listen to many of Coldplay's songs but O is my go to song when I am stressed out.
I don't chat with my friends all of the time on Twitter which is a sign that I'm down and stressed out. People know me well enough to ask if I'm ok. You can also send direct messages to people that no one else sees. It's not perfect but it works for me. Music also helps me a lot.
There is no reason to feel embarrassed about depression and anxiety. It happens to so many of us. I have talked many people out of suicide. You were put here for a reason, and you matter to many people who would be lost without you. I wish you luck and love because I know how you feel.
Sincerely, Cat


I understand exactly what you are going through. I also suffer from depression and often feel alone and like I have nobody to talk to. I have found some comfort in discussing my issues with friends that I have met through both Twitter and Instagram. I would love to help you out and even make a new friend so please feel free to email me at (*EDIT: Again, please contact me for Tamara's email address). I would love to talk to you and we could try to help each other out. Hope the Oracle replies help you out pal.
Tamara.

I know what you feel and I know how you feel because I'm suffering of depression for like 3 years now.
It's hard to hide it because sometimes you have mask after mask to cover the real you. There are many places where you can find consolation, I often find mine on Instagram or on Tumblr. I think you know about the community that is on Tumblr, people that have no idea who you are or how you look like help you and support you. Sometimes people that you'll probably never see face to face deserve a place in your heart.
And about depression, well it's hard, but I want you to be strong and never give up.
If life would be easy, we wouldn't do it right. Someone, I don't know who, I like to believe it's God, but everyone with his or her beliefs, made us. That person brought us here for a reason, that reason can be a great one, like to be rock stars or maybe just to have a family and live happily ever after.
Life is a gift that was given to you and you have to turn it into the most beautiful and extraordinary experience and to live long and to be happy and to love with all your heart.
I'll make a deal with you, if you promise me to fight, I'll do the same, because together we are stronger than anything!!
Remember that you are not alone and that we are always here for you and we will always be!
Love from Romania! Madalina.


I read your question and could instantly relate to it. When I went through severe depression last spring, I wanted to retreat from everyone and everything I knew loved or cared about. I really feel the need to caution against a chat room. While you may feel more comfortable talking online to a stranger, please consider this, depression messes with our thought process. Everything is huge, nothing is insignificant and in that state of mind, we can easily be driven further and deeper into sorrow by a misguided thought. It is easy to misread tones and inflections in a chat room.
A better choice may be a helpline or a mental health professional who will help you understand what led to this and keep you safe as you come out of it. If a peer chat room is what you are still looking for exercise caution and find one you feel safest in, because there are so many. Maybe look for one associated with a mental health group or professionals. This is not an arena for amateurs. Depression is serious. It has many causes and may need a variety of treatments. You have done the brave first step to admit you have a problem. I wish you every success as you deal with this, take care, Laurie.

First of all - it's a good thing you're trying to reach out, rather than keeping all the difficult stuff to yourself. It shows you want to get through this hard time - which is an important precondition. I can relate to the feeling of wanting to talk to someone, but not knowing who to turn to. The thing is - there are so many amazing, helpful people and organizations in this world, you just have to know where to find them. Which, sadly, often isn't easy. There's a UK-based charity I haven't contacted myself (among other things because I'm from Germany and I don't know if their service is for non-UK-citizens), but a friend of mine told me about them. It is called Samaritans - samaritans.org. You can call them 24/7, or write an e-mail, or visit them at one of their branches. They are lending a sympathetic ear to anyone who contacts them, who's struggling with some kind of trouble - including those with mental health issues. The people there are no psychologists, though (most of them are volunteers, I think) - but I hope you already have a therapist anyway?! They 'just' listen and try to help you cope with the situation. As I said, I don't have personal experience with Samaritans, but they helped a friend, and the things they write on their website sound very good, so maybe it's worth giving it a try. All the best & positive vibes :) Katharina.

Thanks to all those who replied to this week's milestone 200th question. Remember, Team Oracle is open to anyone so if you fancy replying, click to read this week's, and send us your answer.



16 January 2015 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
Q.  WHO'D LIKE TO JOIN TEAM ORACLE?

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 theoracle@coldplay.com before midnight Thursday 22 January.

I and my creative endeavors have been rejected quite a bit throughout my life and I've had trouble moving on from the rejection. I'm wondering how to keep believing in myself, despite the opposition? How do I stay confident? Amber.

Look forward to reading your replies.

The Oracle.
Please email your replies with TEAM ORACLE in the subject line to theoracle@coldplay.com
Including your twitter address may result in a follow back.



14 January 2015 / submitted by Luisa , Brazil
Q.  Hi there Oracle! I'd like to know which country had the most numbers of Coldplay's concert and also if there is any song that had never been played live, is there? Thanks so much for your time!
It probably won't surprise anyone that USA has had the most number of concerts. Given its size, it's hardly a shock statistic.
For anyone that's interested, their home country comes in second.

I've talked about which songs haven't been played before. There aren't many if we're sticking with albums only (not b-sides, EP tracks etc.) Off the top of my head, Twisted Logic always comes up as one obvious one given the tour at the time of its appearance was called Twisted Logic.



14 January 2015 / submitted by Javier, Spain
Q.  Hello Oracle:

I miss the old days when Coldplay released their singles on vinyl and B-sides were non-LP songs, which were absolutely incredible, such as One I Love, Gravity, For You... I was wondering why they don't do this anymore?

Thank you
It's not just Coldplay - hardly any artists do this. It's a change brought on by the digital age. It doesn't mean there will never be vinyl releases or b-sides again but it's not something that happens with every single these days.


13 January 2015 / submitted by Ethan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Happy belated New Year to you:)
I was wondering, when Chris records his vocal parts does he play along with an instrument? Or does he sing them with the music playing behind him?
Thanks so much, hope you have a wonderful day!
Ethan :)
These days, it's actually not all that common to record a band playing all together, rarer that a vocalist would sing along with an instrument. It's usual to record via multitracking part by part and then to layer up. The drums & bass first followed by guitar... the vocals are almost always after the main instruments are down.
That said, Coldplay have recorded as a band (still with vocals and overdubs added after) - a lot of Mylo Xyloto was recorded in the big space at The Beehive.



13 January 2015 / submitted by Stephanie, Ecuador
Q.  Dear Oracle? I was searching for so long the Mylo Xyloto comic but I can't find it. Can you tell me where I can find it or something?
You can find it on this very site - in the store.
Worldwide shipping is available.




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