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Chris Martin makes surprise appearence at Mencap show

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin covered The Killers at a surprise gig last night (November 27) at London‘s Union Chapel.

Martin played a surprise four-song set with a violin player as part of Mencap‘s Little Noise Sessions.

He opened with a version of The Band’s ‘I Shall Be Released’, which he joked was written by Gareth Gates.

He commented : “You shouldn’t cover songs in an acoustic fashion in front of Lily Allen fans!”

Martin then played an acoustic version of The Killers ‘When You Were Young’ and said afterwards : “What a great band The Killers are.”

Playing a new Coldplay song ‘Bucket For A Crown’ on the piano, Martin said that he had written it the night before.

“If it’s shit,” he said “We’ll give it to The Killers and if it’s good, we’ll keep it.”

The track, which sounded like ‘The Scientist’, saw Martin adding a line in about Oasis.

“I want to listen to the session by Noel Gallagher,” he sang, in reference to Sunday’s (November 26) session by the Oasis songwriter.

Martin finished his short set with a version of Bob Dylan‘s ‘Buckets Of Rain’, which he dedicated to Lily Allen. He said : “This is for Lily Allen. She’s gorgeous, she’s sweet. And if I wasn’t married…”

Later, Allen played a five-song set and noted about The Union Chapel : “This is where my parents got married, about 25 years ago. It didn’t last very long though, did it?”

As well as stripped down versions of ‘LDN’, ‘Smile’ and current single ‘The Littlest Things’, Allen played a version of The Kooks ‘Naive’.

The Automatic‘s five-song set saw Pennie remark about the acoustic set up: “This is really strange for us!”

The band played ‘Gold Digger’ by Kanye West as well as their massive hit ‘Monster’.

The evening was rounded off with a performance from James Morrison.