A day after social media went berserk over rumoured astronomical ticket prices, Global Citizen announces Coldplay’s debut India show in Mumbai on 19 November this year will be free.
After several media reports that led to inaccurate coverage about expensive ticket prices and which city would host Chris Martin and Co., international social action platform Global Citizen announced on Friday it would set up in India on November 19 in Mumbai.
What is confirmed is that tickets for the concert won’t cost Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 500,000 and will follow the festival’s established format of providing tickets for free to fans based on signing up to become a part of Global Citizen and “taking actions in support of education, equality, and sanitation campaigns,” according to an announcement made on Friday.
Additional details about the festival will be announced on Monday evening.
Speaking to media brand ‘Billboard’ over phone, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans said: “We were very fortunate a few years ago when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came onstage at the Global Citizen Festival in New York, and then after that, we brought Chris Martin from Coldplay to Delhi to meet with the prime minister about a year and a half ago and we started working intensively on bringing Global Citizen to India.”
Indian artists slated to appear at the festival include actor Aamir Khan, Oscar-winning film composer A.R. Rahman, actor-singer Farhan Akhtar and more. “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,” Evans adds. On the campaign front, Global Citizen is working with Indian organization the Global Education and Leadership Foundation, which mentions on its site that it “will host the festival in different cities in India every year for the next fifteen years as an annual accountability moment.”