Looking for New Year’s Eve plans in the UAE? This is a bit of a game changer…

Cancel those tickets for that gala party you’ve booked, as it’s just been announced that Coldplay are playing in Abu Dhabi this New Year’s Eve at the du arena and the tickets are out on sale.

The surprise gig by the kings of soaringly emotional rock was confirmed on Twitter by the band itself:

This will be the third time the band has played in the capital – Chris Martin and the lads were here in 2009 and again on New Year’s Eve in 2011.

The British band were formed in 1996 (their original name was Pectoralz) – and have taken home seven Grammy Awards in their two decade career.

Their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, was released just under a year ago (and Martin has hinted that it might be their last) – and they are currently touring the album around the world. They will be coming to the UAE straight after playing shows in Australia and New Zealand.

The album features guest appearances from Beyonce, Tove Lo and Barack Obama (yes, you read that last one correctly).

This is the song you’re most likely to know from it:

And here’s a bit of a glimpse of what to expect from them live:

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