Join Austin City Limits when we ring in the new year with a special performance by Coldplay.

The first-ever ACL New Year’s Eve special – a rare 90-minute episode – will be aired on PBS on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 11 p.m. (check local listings).  You can also view Coldplay New Year’s Eve: An Austin City Limits Special on starting at 11 p.m. ET on  December 31st.

“We decided to go big with Coldplay – really big. So we came up with the idea of celebrating New Year’s Eve with a 90-minute special. All the hits plus their brand new songs,” said  ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona. “It’ll be a great way to kick off 2012!”

MTV described the taping: “It was one of those special nights when a band with a major arsenal finds a way to take its giant energy and squeeze it down into a much smaller space, without losing any of their arena-packing magic.”

Playing in front of the neon-colored set they brought with them to enhance our iconic skyline, Coldplay electrified the crowd with old favorites and new songs including the first-time ever public performance of new song “Up in Flames.”

Tune-in on New Year’s Eve and count down with us …