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Coldplay confirm stadium concerts
Coldplay singer Chris Martin
Chris Martin's band will release their third album in June
Rock band Coldplay will kick off their 2005 world tour this summer with five outdoor concerts that will see them perform before 150,000 fans.

The tour will begin with two nights at the Crystal Palace athletics stadium in south London, followed by one date in Glasgow and two more in Bolton.

"We've spent a long time in the studio and haven't played a gig for 18 months," said guitarist Jonny Buckland.

"We can't wait to get out on tour and play our new songs live," he added.

Coldplay have spent three years recording the follow-up to their Brit Award-winning album A Rush of Blood to the Head.

"We were in no hurry because the prospect of touring again was so daunting," drummer Will Champion told the band's official newsletter.

"But in the end, having no deadline became a problem because we never really felt the need to finish anything.

"As soon as we gave ourselves a proper deadline we started to be much more productive and the stuff we were doing was miles better."

The as yet untitled record, which is currently being completed in the US, will be released in June.

Coldplay will perform at Crystal Palace on 27 and 28 June, Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on 1 July, and Bolton Wanderers' Reebok Stadium on 4 and 5 July.

Tickets, priced 32.50, will go on general sale this Saturday.

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