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You can listen to the band covering a festive classic now

Coldplay have recorded a cover version of a classic Christmas song.

A version of ‘2000 Miles’, a hit for The Pretenders in 1983, has been posted up on the Coldplay website, allowing fans to listen to it now.

The track was initially available for download on their official site in 2003. It was the top selling UK download that year, with proceeds from the sales donated to Future Forests and Stop Handgun Violence campaigns.

Writing on the site, frontman Chris Martin writes: “We love Christmas songs, but every time we try and write one it’s awful. So we cover them. Well, once or twice actually.

“The one song I would most liked to have written is ‘Fairytale of New York’ by de bloody Pogues of Ireland.”