'Warm welcome' for Coldplay at fest

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Coldplay opened the iTunes festival at SXSW Coldplay opened the iTunes festival at SXSW

Coldplay unveiled some brand new songs as they headlined the opening night at the iTunes Festival at SXSW.

The British band, fronted by Chris Martin, performed an 11-song set at the Moody Theatre in Austin, Texas, which included Always In My Head, Magic and Another's Arms from their forthcoming sixth album Ghost Stories, reported NME.

"We've been away a long time, and I can't think of a better way to come back into the world [than] in the intimate surroundings of Austin and just a couple of 100 people and the millions watching at home," Chris said during the show, which was streamed live on iTunes.

Coldplay - whose new record will be released on May 19 - also played a number of their previous hits such as Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Paradise, Clocks, Viva La Vida and Fix You, which Chris dedicated to everyone involved with the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

"Thank you guys for giving us such a warm welcome back," the singer said after Fix You, before they returned for an encore of Midnight.

Imagine Dragons and London Grammar also performed on the opening night.

Kendrick Lamar, Pitbull, Soundgarden and Band Of Skulls are among the acts lined up for the five-day festival, which will be closed on March 15 by Keith Urban and Willie Nelson.

All the performances will be available to enjoy for free as a live and on-demand stream via the iTunes Store.

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