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The Chris Martin gig you missed

Coldplay may have never visited India but for Chris Martin’s impromptu set at a Delhi bar on Wednesday

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi |
Updated: June 22, 2017 11:14:29 am
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When Chris Martin walks into a bar and sings three of the most popular Coldplay songs, it’s bound to fix you. At 11.30 pm, on a usual Wednesday night at Summerhouse Cafe in Delhi, the British band’s vocalist performed a short set, an impromptu one, with barely 50 people in the audience. By 12.30 am, social media went into a tizzy with Chris Martin trending on Twitter, as selfies and updates took over timelines.

The 38-year-old was accompanied by music director Vishal Dadlani, singer Raghu Dixit, actor Freida Pinto and the boys from comedy collective, All India Bakchod (AIB). “We were at someone’s house for dinner, that was arranged by Freida Pinto, and were talking about music and how it has the power to bring a change. And then Chris said ‘let’s go play’. I was surprised, and called Vijay (Nair, OML) to see if he could figure something out. It was so surreal, watching him perform and being on the same stage as him. It was magic,” says an awestruck Dadlani.

Martin is in the city as a Goodwill Ambassador of The Global Poverty Project, a global non-profit organisation that aims at eliminating extreme poverty by 2030. He visited the Oxfam India team yesterday and was at Kalyanpuri on Wednesday to meet CFAR, a collective of women working towards ensuring access to water and sanitation facilities in the community.

On Thursday, as representatives of The Global Poverty Project, Martin and Pinto met PM Modi. They discussed his Swachh Bharat campaign, and his appeal to end global poverty and provide universal sanitation.

Martin has been in the city for a few days but it was only on Wednesday night that news spread after he performed Viva la vida, and Paradise at Summerhouse Cafe in Aurobindo Place. “I got a call from Vijay at about 11 pm, asking if they could get Chris Martin here and if we would let him sing. I obviously said yes.

Within 10 minutes, we got more bouncers and prepared a stage-like set-up for him. Everyone had a great night, even Chris. Sadly, I missed it as I was on my way to Summerhouse from Gurgaon. But we are all very happy,” says Anchit Kapil, Director, Summerhouse Cafe.

For 29-year-old Ruhie Kumar, a Delhi-based digital media expert, the decision to stay back at the bar with her friends for an extra drink turned out to be the best night in a while. “There was an area that was quickly cordoned off, and I assumed some A-lister might be visiting. I was at the bar when I heard Viva la vida,” says Kumar. For Dixit too, it was a memorable night, as Martin borrowed his guitar to perform.

With tweets and pictures flooding Facebook and Twitter, speculations were rife that Martin might be shooting a video for the TV show The Dewarists or that Coldplay might perform in the country towards the end of the year.

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Sadly, these are just rumours, and it’s time to plug in those earphones and play some Coldplay on loop.

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