Coldplay to headline Super Bowl half-time show


Coldplay is to headline the half-time show at the Super Bowl 50 American football spectacular.

A spokesman for Pepsi, which is sponsoring the show, told the Associated Press the band would entertain the crowd during the National Football League's flagship event at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in February.

The announcement came as the four-piece played an intimate gig in a church on the eve of their new album launch.

The band put on a show that was packed full of their classic hits as well as tracks from their latest record, A Head Full Of Dreams, at the St John at Hackney Church in east London on Thursday night.

Broadcast live on Annie Mac's show on BBC Radio 1, the intimate gig featured songs including Viva La Vida, A Sky Full Of Stars and Fix You.

Frontman Chris Martin thanked fans and said: "You sang great, you danced great.

"You made us sound great on the radio."

The crowd enjoyed a singalong during Fix You and Martin hailed them as "an amazing group of singers".

At the end of the concert Martin brought the band's manager on to the stage and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him.

Coldplay's new album, out on Friday, was made with the producers behind pop hits including Rihanna's Rude Boy, Katy Perry's Firework and Beyonce's Irreplaceable.

A Head Full Of Dreams has been produced by Norwegian duo Stargate, consisting Of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, alongside the band's long-time collaborator Rik Simpson.

The album features more guests than any other Coldplay record, with Beyonce, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton appearing on the record.

Adventure Of A Lifetime, the first single, shows a departure from their 2014 album Ghost Stories - with more of a pop and dance sound.

The rock band's seventh studio album will be released via Parlophone Records and was produced in Malibu, Los Angeles and London.

After choosing not to tour with Ghost Stories, the band are planning a world tour for A Head Full Of Dreams.