August 27, 2013 - submitted by Oryx, Canada

Q. Hey Oracle! I was watching a documentary the other day on Coldplay. The part about how they started was pretty inspiring (well, the whole thing was). My question is what kept the band going and motivated all those years before their big break?

The Oracle replies:

The band's career took off very quickly. There were no "all those years" before their big break - more like a few months! They were doing what most new bands do; writing, recording and playing live. They'd got themselves a demo and had sent it out to key industry people but their break came after appearing live at In The City music convention in Manchester.
Our archived timeline shows the band's relatively short history prior to their record deal.