Coldplay at intimate London gig: 'We're not used to playing without lasers'

Chris Martin and co last played at Camden Dingwalls in May 1998

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Coldplay played an intimate gig at Camden Dingwalls last night (December 6) for a specially-recorded BBC broadcast.

The band, who recently announced a series of UK stadium shows for 2012, first played the 500-capacity venue in May, 1998, days after their debut 'Safety' EP, was released, and hadn't played there since.

In something of a shaky start, the 'Mylo Xyloto' four-piece made mistakes during opener 'Hurts Like Heaven', prompting laughter from Martin.

"This is worse than 14 years ago," he said. "We fucked that up as well. Come on, we're a professional band for fuck's sake."

Elsewhere in the set he joked:

This is like playing for our family. It's so fucking small. I've got more cousins than this.


He continued: "We're used to lasers and posh stuff, and now we've got nothing but our instruments and our handsome bass player."

The gig saw the band play a career-spanning set, including early material such as 'Yellow' and 'The Scientist', along with more recent singles 'Paradise' and 'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall'.

Presented by Jo Whiley, the show was held part of the Radio 2 In Concert series and will be broadcast on December 15 at 8pm. It can also be seen on the BBC Red Button interactive service.

Coldplay played:

'Hurts Like Heaven'
'Yellow'
'In My Place'
'What If'
'Major Minus'
'Us Against The World'
'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face'
'The Scientist'
'Up In Flames'
'Viva La Vida'
'Paradise'
'Clocks'
'Fix You'
'Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall'
'Hurts Like Heaven (retake)'
'Christmas Lights'


Coldplay will play a massive UK tour next summer, playing a total of seven shows at football stadiums, including three nights at Arsenal FC's Emirates Stadium. They will also play a short UK arena tour next month as well as a fundraising gig at London's O2 Arena to raise money for the children's charity Kids Company.

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