If you were driving on the Mitchell or Kwinana freeway this weekend you would have noticed nearly every traffic sign telling drivers to be aware of the Coldplay concerts and to expect delays. Between the flashing signs, the extensive news coverage and people plastering social media with everything Coldplay, it was hard to miss the fact the British rock-pop sensations brought their show exclusively to Perth. With all the hype surrounding the pop band’s arrival and shows in WA, what stuck out for me wasn’t their on-stage performance, but how they performed in terms of Indigenous inclusivity on the lands of the Indigenous groups on which they worked. I was fortunate enough to attend the concert with my sister Amy. And we were welcomed by a plethora of Indigenous inclusivity before we set foot in Optus Stadium. The production set the bar and precedent for Indigenous recognition, participation, and inclusion in music events across Australia. Upon arriving at the merch stands there were Perth-exclusive Coldplay t-shirts with an Aboriginal art design included on the back, incorporating the importance of co-design and collaboration, with a portion of the profits going to an Indigenous cause. One of the most important Indigenous customs was conducted before the band stepped foot on the stage, a welcome to country. And it received an overwhelming crowd roaring applause. Wadjuk Noongar Custodian Richard Walley and his daughter Rickeeta conducted the breath-taking welcome to country and introduced the band. Earlier this year they also welcomed the crowds for the Harry Styles concert. The event had a heavy focus on sustainability and renewable energy, with a kinetic dance floors using harnessing power produced by punters’ dancing, as well as from power bikes. And by coming only to Perth they saved on fuel, creating less pollution. Other bands should do the same and plan their route in a similar fashion considering the proximity of Perth to Southeast Asia and the reality that Perth’s smaller size means less traffic than Sydney or Melbourne. Having said that, their announcement that next year they will play in Melbourne and Sydney has called their eco-credentials into question somewhat. What they didn’t hold back on was theatre — there was a sea of light in the crowd with LED solar-powered wristbands handed out to fans, fireworks, pyrotechnic effects on stage, sparkling confetti cannons, dancing lasers, and floating planets. Coldplay are to be commended for their commitment to Indigenous inclusion and for ensuring part of the profits went back to funding environmental projects for a sustainable future. I give Coldplay a 10/10 for showing Australia the importance of recognising and including the traditional custodians, promoting a sustainable and eco-conscious world and giving back to the community in which they profit. All music performers should do the same to ensure they add social value, Indigenous inclusion, sustainability, and community participation into their concerts. It should be a mandatory requirement. Thank you for setting the bar, Coldplay.