Coldplay unveiled a run of brand new songs at their show last night (March 11) at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
The band played an 11-song set at the Moody Theatre as part of the five night long iTunes Festival, kicking off with new song ‘Always In My Head’, the opening track on their forthcoming sixth album, ‘Ghost Stories’. Scroll up to watch ‘Always In My Head’ and see ” below now.
The band also played new single ‘Magic’ and well as unveiling ‘Ghost Stories’ track ‘Another’s Arms’, closing the evening with the Jon Hopkins-produced ‘Midnight’. ‘Ghost Stories’ is set for release on May 19.
“We’ve been away a long time, and I can’t think of a better way to come back into the world [than] in the intimate surroundings of Austin and just a couple of 100 people and the millions watching at home,” said frontman Chris Martin during the show, referring to the fact that the gig was live streamed. Watch the full performance on iTunes.
After playing ‘Magic’, Martin commented to the crowd: “That’s the first time we’ve ever played that, and I’m happy it was with you.” Previously unheard song ‘Another’s Arms’ was relatively downbeat and featured an operatic female vocal whilst opener ‘Always In My Head’ was more low-key and understated when compared to the more flamboyant ‘hits’ played last night, such as ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Clocks’ and ‘Paradise’.
During ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ confetti cannons showered the stage and band with streamers before ‘Fix You’, which Martin introduced by sending “all our love” to everyone involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane which went missing over the weekend.
“Thank you guys for giving us such a warm welcome back,” stated Martin after ‘Fix You’, with the band returning for an encore of the electronic-driven ‘Midnight’, which was the first taster to be released from ‘Ghost Stories’ last month. The performance of the song started with Martin sitting on the edge of the stage, whilst bassist Guy Berryman played what appeared to be some sort of rainbow light-activated theremin.
‘Always In My Head’
‘Viva La Vida’
‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’
Fans will be able to watch the rest of the Austin iTunes Festival online, with Vevo streaming all acts lined up to play the event until March 15. Following Coldplay, other artists due to appear across the week include Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, Band of Skulls and Willie Nelson. See the full timetable below. The shows will be available to stream for Vevo iOS and Apple TV viewers, as well as Mac Safari users at .
iTunes Festival at SXSW performance schedule:
Wednesday, March 12
Kendrick Lamar (10pm CT)
ScHoolboy Q (8:45pm CT)
Isaiah Rashad (8pm CT)
Thursday, March 13
Soundgarden (10pm CT)
Band of Skulls (8:45pm CT)
Capital Cities (8pm CT)
Friday, March 14
Pitbull (10pm CT)
ZEDD (8:45pm CT)
G.R.L. (8pm CT)
Saturday, March 15
Keith Urban (10pm CT)
Willie Nelson (8:45pm CT)
Mickey Guyton (8pm CT)