Chris Martin invites Ukrainian busker on stage to perform at a sold-out Coldplay in Poland
Romario Punch was on the streets in Warsaw when he was approached by Coldplay frontman
A Ukrainian man performed at a sold-out Coldplay concert in Poland after being approached by frontman Chris Martin while walking through the streets of Warsaw.
Romario Punch, 26, was playing on the street near the Vistula River in central Warsaw when he was approached by the Coldplay singer.
Romario was waving a Ukrainian flag when Chris Martin approached him and invited him to perform at their show at PGE Narodowy Stadium the following day.
He revealed the star introduced himself, complimented Romario’s vocals and asked him if he’d like to join them on their sold-out show.
Romario went to the stadium with his wife, 26-year-old fashion designer Olexandra Amelchenko, the next day.
The pair were met outside the arena by the band’s tour manager, who gave them VIP passes and took them to their own dressing room.
Romario ended up performing four songs before Coldplay and was called on stage at the end of the show to sing one last song with the Grammy-winning band.
The duo performed a Ukrainian song called “Obijmy” (which translates to “kiss me”) as a Ukrainian flag hung from Romario’s microphone.
Romario described the once-in-a-lifetime experience as “awesome” and thanked the Coldplay team for making him feel so welcome.
He said: “I didn’t have to pay anything for the trip or even for the tickets.
“I sang four songs by myself on the main stage before Coldplay played, which was amazing.
“Then Chris Martin brought me on stage at the end to sing one last song with him and the rest of Coldplay. In total I was on stage for about 20-25 minutes.
“I’m a professional, but this was unlike anything I had done before.
“It was also amazing to see the huge organization that goes into putting on a show. It was just amazing.
Romario fled his hometown of Chernihiv, Ukraine earlier this year and settled in the Polish capital with his wife Olexandra.
The professional performer has been singing since the age of four and hopes to start a music course at a university in Warsaw.
Romario hopes he can inspire people to keep aiming high and expecting the unexpected.
He said: “I want people to look at me and understand that anything is possible.
“I don’t even think you need to want it – I didn’t even know Coldplay was in my town!
“You just have to be yourself and do what you love.”
Chris Martin approached Romario on July 7 and he played the gig the following day.