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Coldplay and Killers to play War Child gig (2009)


Story by Jack Foley

COLDPLAY are to unite with The Killers to play a one-off gig in London this February (2009), it has emerged.

The two bands will perform at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on February 18, in aid of the War Child organisation.

Tickets for the double header will be available through a lottery system being set up on the charity’s website and fans can enter from 9am on January 30. They are priced at £50.

According to the BBC, the one-off event will follow the Brit Awards ceremony which takes place on the same evening, and will find both bands playing sets of 45 minutes.

A statement issued by Coldplay reveals: “In our eyes, War Child is one of the world’s most important charities, and The Killers are one of our favourite bands, so playing this concert is an absolute pleasure for us.”

The Killers added: “Coldplay were one of the bands that gave us hope when we were just four boys in a garage. To share the stage with them for the War Child cause is an honour.”

War Child is currrently celebrating its 15th anniversary and also plans to release a new album, Heroes, on February 16, which will include specially recorded cover versions of popular songs done by Duffy, Elbow, Hot Chip and Lily Allen.

The concept of the album involves legendary acts such as David Bowie choosing tracks from their back catalogue for current artists to sing, with all profits from both the album and the concert going to the charity’s ongoing work to protect children in war zones.

You can find out more about War Child’s work by clicking HERE