Coldplay, who? NCP gets dhol group 'Hotplay' to perform near Global citizen concert venue
As a form of protest, the Congress party plans to get Hotplay — the moniker given to a traditional dhol band — to perform where British rock band Coldplay is scheduled to perform on 19 November.
After repeated attempts to get the Global Citizen Festival concert scrapped or postponed; the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) plans to get Hotplay – a moniker given by the party to a traditional dhol band – to perform the adjoining lanes leading to Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), the venue where British rock band Coldplay is scheduled to perform on 19 November, reports Hindustan Times.
NCP termed it farce on grounds that poverty cannot be controlled by organizing such concerts and the state government should not have given concessions to them.
Congress party spokesman Nawab Malik said, "You can see our (Hotplay) performance for free. No liquor will be served and people can enjoy as much as they can. We will seek permissions from all authorities concerned and will perform even if permissions are denied."
Earlier, Congress Mumbai unit president Sanjay Nirupam had called upon state election commissioner JS Saharia and demanded that the concert either be postponed in the view of the election code of conduct being in force or given permission after the poll process is completed.
Other opposition parties in Maharashtra have alleged that the BJP-led state government was trying to derive political mileage ahead of local civic polls from the Coldplay concert.
The Global Citizen Festival concert will have Coldplay, Jay-Z, The Vamps, A.R. Rahman, Arijit Singh, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Farhan Akhtar, Monali Thakur, Shraddha Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif performing among others.
Global Citizen Live on Saturday will be a round-the-world event (including Mumbai) to raise awareness on climate change, vaccine equality, and famine.
Interspersing English and Korean lyrics, this love song sees the Asian K-Pop singing phenomena hold their own as Chris Martin-led Coldplay bring their distinct brand of grand pop-rock to the experience.
In February, BTS covered Coldplay's 2005 hit number 'Fix You' on MTV Unplugged, sparking rumours of a potential collaboration.