Coldplay, well half of them, were the main headline act at the Jo Whiley curated, Little Noise Sessions, in aid of the fantastic charity Mencap last week at the St John-at-Hackney church in Clapton. The week-long events sees some of music’s finest stripped back in the amazing, but intimate venue in East London. Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland took centre stage for what felt like a glimpse into a recording studio session with the lead singer and guitarist often messing up. It was all a far cry from the big stages that they have been playing.

The two arrived at the venue having just finished a recording of The Graham Norton Show,where Martin told the crowd that they came across as “complete twats”, urging fans, “if you love Coldplay, do not watch it”. Before Buckland and Martin hit the stage the crowd enjoyed a rather below-par Ben Howard and one of the rising stars of pop music, Emeli Sande whose stunning voice lifted a rather subdued crowd on a cold winter night.

Chris Martin didn’t seem to realise the religious setting he was in by continually swearing in front of Fr Rob, the 45th Rector of Hackney in attendance. He then got into a rather lighthearted tete a tete with a lady wanting to add some percussion to the two on stage. The lady decided to bring a tambourine along, why, is anyone’s guess, but then started beating it as the band started ‘The Scientist’. Martin, known for being beige actually showed he had some colour after all by saying “this is not a tambourine song… we have been playing it for ten years without tambourine, it probably sounds great, but I’m just so used to it without tambourine”, the lady then duly stopped.

The ten song long set was raw and not perfect by any means, but actually gave me a Coldplay sceptic, a new found vigour and love for the band, who truly stepped out of the beige and brightened up the old church more than the glow in dark fluorescent paint on Martin’s piano and guitar.

Coldplay are currently touring their fifth studio record Mylo Xyloto.