Coldplay announce six 'intimate' international concerts

Chris Martin from Coldplay

Coldplay have announced six shows around the world to tie in with the release of their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.

The first of the "intimate" concerts will be in Cologne, Germany, on 25 April.

The British four-piece will then play dates in New York and LA on 5 and 19 May, before a show in Paris on 28 May.

Coldplay will also perform in Tokyo on 12 June followed by a final show at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 July.

The London venue has a capacity of almost 6,000, much smaller than venues like the 60,000-capacity Emirates stadium where the band performed in 2012 during their Mylo Xyloto world tour.

Coldplay performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas in March
Image caption Coldplay performed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, in March

Ghost Stories, which is the follow-up to 2011's Mylo Xyloto, will be released worldwide on 19 May.

All of Coldplay's previous studio albums, including A Rush of Blood to the Head and X&Y, have gone to number one in the Official Album Chart.

The lead single from Ghost Stories, Magic, entered the UK top 40 at number 10 when it was released in March.

The band recently confirmed that they will make their fifth appearance as the musical guests on US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live on 3 May.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin recently announced that he was separating from Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow after more than 10 years of marriage.

Paltrow, 41, and 37-year-old Martin announced the split on her blog in a post titled Conscious Uncoupling.

Tickets for the Cologne show will go on sale at 09:00 CET on 19 April.

Ticket information for the remaining five shows will be emailed exclusively to subscribers of Coldplay's mailing list.

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