Coldplay to play Abu Dhabi’s du Arena on New Year’s Eve

This marks the third time the British quartet has played in the UAE with former gigs coming in 2011 and 2009.

Coldplay return to Abu Dhabi to play a New Year’s Eve gig at du Arena. Matt Sayles / Invision / AP file
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Mark your calendars. Coldplay are returning to Abu Dhabi after a five-year hiatus.

The British quartet will play a gig on New Year’s Eve at du Arena on Yas Island as part of their A Head Full of Dreams tour — the tour that may or may not be the group’s last following the release of an album of the same name.

The album was released just under a year ago and features hit singles such as Hymn for the Weekend and Adventure of a Lifetime.

This is the third time Coldplay has performed in the UAE, following gigs in 2009 and 2011. The news comes during the Formula One festivities that included after-race concert performances by Pitbull, The Chemical Brothers, Lionel Richie, and Rihanna.

Other hit songs Coldplay are known for include A Sky Full of Stars, Paradise, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall, and Yellow.

Announcing the gig, organisers Flash said anyone with a ticket to this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be able to get a 20 per cent discount on Coldplay tickets.

Tickets go on sale November 30. For more information visit