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Coldplay reveal sadness over London venue's closure: 'We launched our career there'

British rock act Coldplay have written an open letter to the Camden New Journal that expresses their sadness at the news that the London venue The Bull & Gate (pictured below) is set to close.

The well-loved music hot spot will shut down and re-open later this spring as a bar and restaurant, but won't feature the addition of live bands. Coldplay explained that they got their first NME review after performing at the venue so it's definitely the end of an era and really disappointing news:

"In January 1999, promoter Simon Williams and the great people of the Bull let us bang out five songs in 20 minutes. It got us our first Nme review and changed our lives forever. Long live the Bull. We'll always be grateful."

The 'Fix You' stars aren't the only ones to be let down by the announcement as BBC Radio 6 host Steve Lamacq added: "It's a terrible shame. It's where I saw bands like Blur and Doves in their early days. Unfortunately it's another indication that live music is being squeezed out of certain areas, meaning bands have less choice of where to play."





Watch Coldplay ring in 2013 with rapper Jay-Z at a special New Year's concert here: