Coldplay singer Chris Martin described last night's Mencap's Big Noise Session at Exeter Castle as 'really great fun'. Chris, who was born in Whitestone, spent the afternoon before the gig with his family while guitarist Jonny did a spot of Christmas shopping, according to coldplay.com, writes the Express & Echo today.
Coldplay were introduced on to the stage by Radio One DJ Jo Whiley and her sister. Whiley helped organise the show with proceeds going to Mencap's work with people with a learning disability in the UK. It may have been freezing outside, but the atmosphere inside the venue was red hot.
The band ran through a selection of their biggest hits, including Clocks, Strawberry Swing, Life in Technicolor II, and Fix You. Highlight of the evening was a stripped down version of The Scientist, with Chris hitting the stage on his own. He even changed the first line of the song to "Come down to Devon..." prompting a mass sing along. The show ended with the storming cover version of John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War Is Over).
Fans of the band described the gig as an unforgettable event. Sadie Heddon, 20, of St Thomas, Exeter, said: "They were absolutely amazing and better than I could ever have imagined them to be. It felt like we were in their front room and it was very personal."
Other online reviews from the Express:
I was one of the lucky few who bought tickets after queueing outside HMV for 16 hours, and it was worth every minute to see them in such an intimate setting. The whole band were in inspired form, and Chris was clearly revelling in being back home. It really was a once in a lifetime show. Matt Horlock, Exmouth]
Brillant gig once in a lifetime opportunity.managed to be at the front and caught a drum stick thrown into the crowd.Certainly was an amazing home coming for them. [samantha, Sidmouth]
Coldplay at Mencap's Big Noise Sessions, Exeter Castle, Exeter, UK (19 December 2009):
More photos are available to view here [thanks sar74]