Coldplay to play Knebworth gig

Chris Martin reveals band's live plans

Coldplay are set to play a huge gig at Knebworth, most likely during summer 2009.

Frontman Chris Martin revealed the band’s plan to play in the grounds of Knebworth House on Zane Lowe‘s show on BBC Radio 1 last night (October 16).

Although no arrangements have been finalised, Martin hinted that that the band were currently in negotiations to book the site.


“We’re trying to book a place that rhymes with Blebworth. We realised there’s a lot of people who don’t like us in Britain but, you know, they don’t have to come,” he said.

Martin also told the station that the band aren’t aiming to beat Robbie Williams‘ three-night run at the venue in 2003, which saw an estimated 375,000 fans attend.

“We’re not gonna do three [nights], Robbie did three. We’d be happy with one. Then the next day can be some kind of caravan conference.”

Oasis played two nights, on 10 and 11 August 1996, at the venue, which has also seen gigs by The Rolling Stones, Queen and Led Zeppelin.

Coldplay are set to release a new single, ‘Lost!’ on November 10, and an EP of new material, ‘Prospekts March’ on November 24.

To receive the latest news updates every week – plus free MP3s, videos and more – sign up to the NME Newsletter.