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Castle gig for Coldplay's Martin

Chris Martin of Coldplay
Chris Martin is one of the driving forces behind the concert

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is to bring the band back to his home city of Exeter for the first time in almost a decade for a charity gig.

The band will play in front of just 500 fans at Exeter Castle on 19 December to raise money for Mencap.

The singer said it would be a "really, really special night".

"We're proud to support Mencap and, for me, it's exciting to play my hometown. We haven't played there since 2000," Martin said.

'Right ingredients'

"I don't think there could be a better way to end the decade."

Lily Allen and La Roux are also on the bill for the Big Noise Session.

Tickets, costing £50, will go on sale on the Little Noise Sessions website from 8 December.

For Martin's Exeter fans, there will also be a limited number of tickets on sale at the High Street branch of HMV.

The event will be hosted by Radio One presenter and Mencap ambassador Jo Whiley.

Coldplay
The band has sold more than 40 million albums

Whiley, who with Martin, has been the driving force behind the event, said the gig had all the right ingredients, including a "beautiful location and one of the best bands in the world".

Since Coldplay formed in 1998 the band has become one of the biggest in the world, with record sales of more than 40 million.

In September the band played to an audience of about 50,000 at Manchester's Old Trafford Cricket Ground on the first UK leg of their world tour.

All the money raised at the Big Noise Session will go to Mencap which represents people with learning disabilities and works to improve services and challenge prejudices.



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