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

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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