Everything’s big in Canada
I’ve been in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for two days and I have to say, one thing I have noticed is how much bigger things are here than the UK!
The biggest shopping malls, coffee cups, cars and most importantly, the biggest group of friendly people. Since I touched down I have been overwhelmed with how friendly everyone is, which has helped put my nerves at bay about flying across the ocean to be part of this amazing tour.
As it’s my first time on the Coldplay tour I didn’t really know what to expect. But let me tell you, this tour isn’t just a band with a few staff putting up lights. It’s a whole entourage of experts in music, film, set design and lighting.
We all rolled into the arena at 6am and everyone scurried off to start their own tasks to prepare for the show. I followed suit and started setting up the Oxfam set, complete with food costume, badges and a photo booth.
As it approached dinner time, the crew were all set for band rehearsals so I joined everyone for dinner. Sitting down to eat, with an array of food around me, I started to think that the food on the table – chicken curry with all the trimmings – could look very different indeed if the caterers were unable to afford rice because the price had risen so high. This is happening to millions around the world. A team like this wouldn’t be able to exist for so long on the road with long hours without getting sick if they didn’t have the vitamins they needed. Should this be right, that some people live like this and other don’t due to the unfair food system and price hikes?
This is why I’m so excited that Oxfam are part of the Coldplay tour. Now our Oxfam campaigners have the opportunity to talk to Coldplay fans about the unfair food system and get them to use their BIG voices and join Oxfam to change the food system. Come on Canada, everything else is big here, let’s make sure your voices are too!