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British rockers Coldplay will return to New Zealand next year as part of their Viva La Vida tour, it has been announced.

Chris Martin and his band will play at Auckland's Vector Arena on Wednesday, 18 March 2009.

The band's Auckland show will follow their 11 arena dates in Australia next March in support of their fourth album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Concert promoter Michael Chugg said: "Finally, fans can take a well deserved deep breath. The wait is over New Zealand.

"We will be bringing Coldplay's Viva La Vida tour to Vector Arena next March and it's going to be huge!"

Coldplay last performed in New Zealand in 2003.

A special pre-sale (for Visa card holders) for the show will start at 9am on Friday, December 19 and run through until 5pm on Saturday, December 20 (unless tickets sell out earlier).

Tickets go on sale to the general public via on Monday, December 22.