'All the best things in life or on the other side of fear or just outside our comfort zone but I think that applies to everyone in life.'
Nearly six years after the internet melted over the video of an autistic young boy being moved to tears by Coldplay's concert performance of "Fix You," social media is celebrating the rock band's heartwarming effect on another boy with autism. A video going viral on TikTok has gained more than 5.7 million views since being uploaded a month ago. It shows a youngster named Oliver having the time of his life watching Coldplay during what was his first ever concert. Uploaded by the boy's mother, Nikki McLean Murray (who goes by @jeewizz88 on the platform), the text overlay on the four-minute video provides some context into her initial concerns about taking the 10-year-old to a concert.
"I took my autistic son to his first ever concert to see Coldplay. I bought the tickets knowing I might need to leave in the first song due to his autism. He doesn't like conflicting noises but loves lights so I took a chance, this is how it went," the text overlay reads. In the video, Oliver's face is seen lighting up as Coldplay opened the show with a performance of "Higher Power." The youngster from Glasgow, Scotland, watches entranced as the performance is complimented by a jaw-dropping fireworks display and light show. Although he can be seen fighting between nerves and enjoying the show, Oliver manages to make the best of the evening.
Speaking to Daily Record, Murray revealed that she and her husband, Alan, "took a chance" by taking their son to Coldplay's Hampden gig last month. "I bought the tickets knowing I might need to leave in the first song as he might get too overwhelmed or anxious. I only took him because of the light-up wristbands. Due to Oliver's sensory needs, he loves lights, his bedroom is lit up like Blackpool. I think the lights help calm all his other senses," said the 38-year-old, who is an NHS clerical officer. "We needed to plan and prepare him weeks in advance. We took him to Hampden when Calvin Harris was playing, after the crowds had gone in."
"We stood outside so he could hear how loud it was going to be and feel the vibrations. We talked through every crazy scenario he could think of," Murray revealed. She shared that since her son typically doesn't get excited about anything, it was incredible to see Oliver's reaction to the Coldplay concert. "Oliver doesn’t get excited. We got absolutely no reaction from him when we told him we were taking him to Disney World in Florida," said Murray. "So seeing all the wonder on his face was so overwhelming. I cry every time I watch the video. Oliver did get overwhelmed and very anxious with the crowds going home even though we left before the last song. He was overstimulated and shattered when he got home but said it was worth it [and that] he would do it again."
@jeewizz88 Olivers 1st ever concert #Autism #Adhd #FYP #Coldplay #hampden #Glasgow #Scotland ♬ original sound - Nikki McLean Murray
"He said he would love to go see Sam Fender next. I’m uncertain if he’ll manage the next concert as well without the lights but we will give it a go," the loving mom shared. "I think taking Oliver to the concert has planted a seed in his head that is capable of doing things he didn’t think he could. I think he has gained a lot of confidence from it. I tell Oliver all the time, being brave is being scared to do something and doing it anyway. Oliver has said he is proud of himself for being so brave." Murray urges those whose children have to overcome similar obstacles to "push themselves."
"All the best things in life or on the other side of fear or just outside our comfort zone but I think that applies to everyone in life. We all need to push ourselves to say 'yes' more to life and experience as many new things in life as we can," she said. "I know how hard it can be hard it can be being a parent of an ASD child, not knowing if they will be able to keep up with their peers or worrying your failing to meet their needs but if you plant enough seeds of positivity within them eventually they’ll get the courage the water it and let themselves."