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Locals 'barred from pub' as Coldplay perform secret gig in Somerset

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

Locals 'barred from local' as Coldplay play in Somerset pub

Becky Hill performs a secret gig at the Ring O' Bells pub in Somerset in this picture tweeted by @parlophone

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News that Coldplay were playing a surprise gig in the Ring O' Bells in Compton Martin, Somerset, came as a massive surprise as word spread quickly through the village.

But some locals found they were not welcome, with a heavy security presence turning them away from the door and not even allowing cars in the car park.

The pub is part-owned by Miles Leonard, who lives in the area but is, more pertinently, the boss of record label Parlophone. His influence has seen Kylie Minogue perform at the tiny venue, and last night brought arguably one of the world's biggest bands to this quiet corner or Somerset, supported by Chas and Dave, Connor Maynard and Becky Hill.

According to a picture on Twitter, Coldplay kicked off with debut hit Yellow, moving on to Clocks, The Scientist and God Put a Smile Upon Your Face. Fix You was added to the setlist but removed, before the band continued with Viva La Vida, Charlie Brown, Paradise and Every Teardrop is a Waterfall. They closed, aptly, with Christmas Lights.

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One villager said: "It's just annoying, it's a local pub and we're the ones that keep it going all year round. They do this once a year and we are never invited. So many locals come here and they feel so let down - without us the pub wouldn't still be running anyway.

"It's just a bit gutting that we're stood out in the rain and we can't even go in. It feels like our little local pub is becoming too commercial. I saw Chris Martin leaving earlier - which made my night. He left before 9pm though, which I thought was quite surprising."

Many of the guests were ferried to and from the event in Mercedes Vitos with heavily blacked out windows. Others had their own tour vehicles as well as chauffeur-driven cars.

A representative of the pub had not responded to calls but a post from the pub on Twitter read: "As you may have heard, We we're extremely lucky and privileged to have hosted Parlephone (sic) 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."

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