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Christmas show in Exeter for Mencap announced

Coldplay to appear with Lily Allen and La Roux

We’re very pleased to report that Coldplay will play an extremely special show in Exeter on Saturday, 19th December, as part of Mencap’s new Big Noise Session. Also playing are Lily Allen and La Roux. The show will mark a homecoming for Chris, who was born-and-bred in Exeter.

The stunning Exeter Castle will serve as a backdrop for this unique event, which will be staged inside a marquee transformed into a Christmas winter wonderland. It will be in this festive, intimate setting that La Roux, Lily Allen and Coldplay will perform unique, stripped-back sets.

Tickets for the show will cost £50, with all proceeds going to Mencap’s amazing work with people with a learning disability in the UK. Just 500 tickets will be available.

The first batch of pre-sale tickets will be made available on Tuesday, 8th December to paying subscribers on the Little Noise Sessions website at (subscription costs £6 and also gains you access to Little Noise Sessions videos, Jo Whiley blog, gallery etc).

The next batch of tickets will be sold in person at HMV Exeter on Thursday, 10th December at 8am.

The final batch of tickets will be put on general sale on Friday, 11th December via and

Says Chris Martin: "I don’t think there could be a better way to end the decade… La Roux, Lily Allen, Jo Whiley – what more can you ask for? We’re proud to support Mencap and, for me, it’s exciting to play my hometown. We haven’t played there since 2000. It’s going to be really, really special."

Says Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley (who is behind the Little Noise Sessions): "This gig has all the right ingredients… a beautiful location, Christmas spirit, one of the best bands in the world and special friends all in an intimate setting. Add mulled wine, mistletoe, candles and carols and this will be the ultimate winter warmer. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Coldplay, Lily and La Roux want to make a big festive Noise for Mencap."