British rock band Coldplay enjoys immense popularity across the world and is close to becoming a legend, while its lead singer and co-founder Chris Martin, is considered a music icon. So when Coldplay performs for the first time in India, the millennial generation, which has grown up listening to Yellow and Clocks, the band’s early releases, is bound to celebrate, and Puneites are no exception. “It’s very easy to relate to their music… they have never performed in India and this might be the only time they will ever perform here,” said Pune-based Umang Athwani.
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Priyanka Roy Kapur and her husband, who will attend the mega concert in Mumbai on Saturday, said they have been waiting for it for a long time.
“For several months, there was chatter about the performance and we were continuously following that. We are lucky to have won tickets….,” said Kapur.
However, fans are disappointed about one aspect of the concert — the gig doesn’t offer them a solo performance by the band. The artiste lineup for the Global Citizen Festival has Coldplay in the lead, as well as Jay Z, Demi Lovato, The Vamps and so on. The Bollywood film industry is also part of the concert — with musicians like A R Rahman and Shankar Ehsaan Loy — and it will feature actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shraddha Kapoor, and sportspersons such as Sakshi Malik and Leander Paes as speakers. For those who waited for Coldplay to make its debut in India and booked tickets priced as high as Rs 15,000, the news that Coldplay won’t be performing solo is quite disappointing.
A fortnight before the gig, some ticket-holders have been trying to sell their tickets for the concert. They comprise those who bought their tickets impulsively, or are disappointed by the concert turning into a Bollywood event.
“If I am getting an opportunity to go listen to some good music, I wouldn’t want the event to become some fancy Bollywood gala. The amalgamation of various artistes was unnecessary and I think the festival would have received a better response if only Coldplay would have performed for two-three hours straight,” said Aishwarya Sonavane, a 22-year old content writer from Pune.
Filmmaker Umang Athwani, who has a similar reason, said, “I didn’t know we had to reach the venue before 4 pm and watch other people perform. I just wanted to see Jay Z and Coldplay perform.”
Chris Martin is the brand ambassador of the annual music fest dedicated to fighting extreme poverty by 2030. It does so by asking enthusiasts of the festival to join in and engage by signing petitions and watching videos related to the cause, and/or by donating to charity.
India is this year’s destination for GCF, an eight-hour-long programme on November 19 which will be held at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai from 1.30 pm.