New album release will be marked by two special shows

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Coldplay have announced that they are to play two free shows in London and New York in June – marking the release of their new studio album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, which is now brought forward to June 12 in the UK.

Chris Martin and co. will play London’s Brixton Academy on June 16 and New York’s Madison Square Gardens on June 23.

Tickets will only be available for competition winners, and fans are being urged not to phone venues for information. Details of how to obtain tickets will be released through www.coldplay.com.

The band are set to release “Violet Hill” as the first track from the album, which is the anticipated follow-up to 2005’s X & Y.

The single will be availble as a free download from tomorrow (April 29) at 12.15pm for one week prior to it’s official release next week (May 6) from the band’s official website www.coldplay.com too.

Coldplay’s first single from the album will also be given away free with the NME issue dated May 10. The exclusive 7-inch vinyl will include a brand new track, ‘A Spell A Rebel Yell’, which won’t be available anywhere else.

To ensure you get your copy of the exclusive Coldplay vinyl you can pre-order your issue from www.nme.com at the NME online shop.