The band return to live action with a tiny warm-up gig and plan a second secret show…

COLDPLAY have made their live return in LONDON with a gig for fans – and plan to play another with a tiny club date in June.

On Friday (March 4) the band played a secret gig in their London rehearsal room for 40 invited friends and fans from the band’s website [url=], where they played songs from their third album for the first time to the general public.

New songs played included ‘Square One’, ‘White Shadows’, ‘What If’, while a fourth new song ‘Fix You’ was on the setlist but not played.

The band, who release their currently untitled new album in June, have also confirmed a special small gig for June.

The time and location is being kept a closely guarded secret. However, the show will be recorded for Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and the station are giving tickets away to listeners in the run up to the event.

The small show will be Coldplay’s first in Britain for over 18 months, and Chris Martin said he hoped it would be a special night for all concerned.

“We want some couple on their first date,” he said. “I want them to have the best time and go home and have their first snog and for it to be the beginning of their romance because the Coldplay gig was so good. We don’t want to let those people down.”

As previously reported, the band are well on there way to selling out their UK and Irish tour, though have released extra tickets to combat touting.

The tour visits:

Dublin Marlay Park (June 22)

London Crystal Palace Athletics Stadium (27-28)

Glasgow Bellahouston Park (July 1-2)

Bolton Reebok Stadium (4-5)

For ticket availability, [url=]go to NME Tickets or call them on 0870 1 663 663.