Putting to rest all rumors, Global Citizen Festival (an annual not-for-profit music festival that started in the US in 2012) has confirmed that Coldplay will perform in Mumbai, in their first ever concert in India, in November.
But here's the real good news. The social media blitzkrieg that followed after rumours of tickets costing upwards of Rs 25,000 was absolutely untrue because the tickets to the concert are free.
Here is Global Citizen Festival's official statement, from their website:
"We’re so excited to be announcing that on World Toilet Day — November 19th — we’re hosting the first-ever Global Citizen Festival in India, with an incredible lineup of international and Indian headliners including … Coldplay! Just like our annual festival in Central Park, tickets to the Indian Festival will be FREE. Fans will earn them through taking actions in support of education, equality, and sanitation campaigns."
Here's the process.
From 10 September (Monday), tickets to the Global Citizen Festival in India can be procured by signing up to become a Global Citizen and completing the festival’s action campaigns. This could include some charity and volunteer work, but we'll have more clarity soon.
Coldplay aren't going to be the only ones who are a part of the festival. According to this Billboard report, Aamir Khan, A R Rahman, Farhan Akhtar are also expected.
So, gear up for this Monday. It isn't going to be so blue after all.
"Our whole goal was to have 70 percent Indian artists -- we wanted to make sure that it was India first and India and the world. We plan to host the festival in different cities in India every year for the next fifteen years as an annual accountability moment," says Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans
Here's what Twitter had to say about the announcement:
"Coldplay tickets are too expensive"
"If you do charity work, they're free"
"25,000 is not that bad!"#ColdplayIndia
— Daniel Fernandes (@absolutelydanny) September 10, 2016
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 9, 2016
Coldplay tickets are free.
But you need to do tasks to get them.
Am I going to a concert or Roadies?
— Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) September 9, 2016
Great news @coldplay playing in Mumbai on 19 Nov. Now, which religion is going to ban the concert? Who is filing the PIL?
— KHAU (@rockyandmayur) September 10, 2016
First all seems lost with Rs 25,000 tickets for #Coldplay
And now, you can get some for free (Conditions Apply)
Well played marketing team
— Roshni Chakrabarty (@Roshnism) September 10, 2016