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Coldplay in secret gig at Somerset pub the Ring O Bells at Compton Martin

By Paulwiltshire  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

  • Chris Martin and Coldplay on stage at the Ring O Bells. Picture @robnitm

Comments (1) One of the biggest bands in the world played a secret gig at a Somerset pub last night.The Ring O Bells in Compton Martin played host to Coldplay when the band came in for more than just a pint.Coldplay were joined by Lewis Watson, Royal Blood, Conor Maynard, Chas ‘n’ Dave and Becky Hill much to the surprise of the Somerset village on Monday night.The gig, organised by local resident and chairman of Coldplay’s record company Warner Bros/Parlophone, Miles Leonard , was a staff Christmas party and some of the locals were also let through the door.More high profile guests included Lily Allen and Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis, who tweeted: “Coldplay played at the ring o bells on the Mendip hills in Somerset last night, it was great!”The band played some of their top hits in the hour slot, between 9-10pm, including Yellow, Clocks, Paradise and Christmas Lights.Security was tight with the gig being an invitation only affair.But some fans were left disappointed with one tweeting: “Me and my bro drove out to Compton Martin to see if we can meet Coldplay in the pub, get there and the bouncer is having none of it.”The Ring O Bells tweeted today: “As you may have heard, We're extremely lucky and privileged to have hosted Parlephone and Warner Bros private party last night... And yes Coldplay performed along with some other great artists. It was an incredible evening and a once in a lifetime experience... And I'd like to thank everyone who made it possible. Can't wait for Christmas and New years... hope to see everyone in the pub soon.”Spokeswoman for the pub Dana Day said: “Everyone including all the Ring O Bells staff had a great time and recognised that this was a memorable one off event.”Previously Kylie Minogue, Tinie Tempah, Eliza Doolittle and Gabrielle Aplin have all performed at the venue.The pub’s next gig sees the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band taking to the stage on Saturday, December 21.Heather Allard, secretary for the band said: “We'd like to just say that we're honoured to follow such a famous group of musicians.  “We haven't performed there before and for information it's not our full band turning up, just a very small group to play carols.”
  • The Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band are looking for new players to strengthen their band. They rehearse at the Methodist Church at Radstock on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm. They also run a Brass Academy with a beginners group at 6.15pm on a Friday evening and a training band on a Tuesday evening at 6.15pm.

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