Coldplay have been discussing their decision to have Girls Aloud support them next year.

It was recently announced that the hugely-popular girlband will be the opening act for the band at Wembley Stadium on Friday September 18th.

Frontman Chris Martin has declared himself a fan of the girls in the past, but it seems his fellow bandmates are happy to have them on board too.

Speaking to BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, drummer Will Champion said it was a joint decision, as the band wanted the shows to feel like a "real event".

"We wanted there to be a bit of variety and something that people might not expect from a Coldplay show and something that's a little bit like a mini festival. There should hopefully be another band on before that," he said.

The rest of the dates- which include Manchester's Old Trafford Cricket Ground and Glasgow's Hampden Park – will see hip hop star Jay-Z provide the support.

INTERPOL, Richard Ashcroft and Fiona Apple have all opened for COLDPLAY in the past.

11/12/2008 11:42:56