Coldplay in Mumbai: Closing act will see B-Town stars joining Chris Martin on stage

Updated: Nov 21, 2016, 15:26 IST | Gaurav Sarkar and Mayank Shekhar

Here's all you need to know about the Global Citizen festival today which will see acts from Coldplay, Jay Z, Demi Lovato, The Vamps and Bollywood stars among others in Mumbai

Frontman Chris Martin was seen getting to the venue on Friday afternoon. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi
Frontman Chris Martin was seen getting to the venue on Friday afternoon. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

If you are one of the 80,000 attendees to the massive Global Citizen festival today, your primary contention remains: "Will Coldplay get enough stage time?" In short: Yes, the band is slotted to play a 90-minute set. Also, if you are lucky, the big ending could be an all-star jam session that brings out all the performers in one big blowout.

Viraf Sarkari, show director, Wizcraft said: "(The all-star jam as the finale) is absolutely dependent on Coldplay. It's a decision that has to be taken impromptu, after Coldplay plays a full concert set. Chris Martin is a cool guy, and there's been good bonding between him and all the performers over the past two days. Hopefully something great will come out of this, although no commitment has been made yet."

Stage play
Many a times, festival goers attend gigs where the headlining act is nothing more than just a big name whose primary function is to serve as a 'crowd puller.' But according to a GCI spokesperson, not only will Martin and his boys play a longer-than-average set, but even the other international artists such as Jay-Z and Demi Lovato, will be on stage for ample amount of time. "Coldplay will perform for a minimum of 90 minutes — guaranteed," said Bhavya Bishnoi, spokesperson, Global Citizen India.

A day before the concert, Coldplay rehearses at the MMRDA grounds. Pics/Rane Ashish
A day before the concert, Coldplay rehearses at the MMRDA grounds. Pics/Rane Ashish

The international artists will perform intermittently. Among the national artists who will be performing, Bishnoi pointed out a few acts that the audience should definitely not miss.

"People should look out for Amitabh Bachchan's performance," he said. "Ranveer Singh's act will be entertaining for the crowd as well. AR Rahman is the other performer not to be missed."

The 'pass' controversy
Meanwhile, Twitterati, who have been desperately trying to sell their passes (mostly green and yellow zone passes) in the past week for exorbitant prices online, will be disheartened to know that festival passes that have been won — not bought — cannot be transferred from one person to another. "You cannot sell your pass to other people if you have won it after taking part in GCI activities," said Bishnoi.

Bhavya Bishnoi
Bhavya Bishnoi

"There is an ID verification system in place to prevent buying/selling of tickets." However, if tickets have been bought/purchased, then they can be transferred to another festival attendee.

Go cashless
Although there will be individual stands in each zone for food and beverages at the venue, there will, however, be no facility for alcohol at this festival.  According to Bishnoi, festival attendees will not be allowed to make cash payments inside the festival venue.

"All transactions will take place on a cashless card system that we have in place," he pointed out, explaining that a festival debit card would be given to attendees. "There are a lot of exciting artwork installations and merchandise stalls to look forward to, all of which will be using the cashless card system," he said.

90 min
Coldplay

45 min
Jay-Z

30 min
Demi Lovato

Highlights of the event

10.00 am: Gates open
1.35 pm: Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra kick off with a welcome talk
2.14 pm: Sonakshi Sinha + Band perform
3.30 pm: Singer Demi Lovato takes the stage for 30 minutes
4.15 pm: Amitabh Bachchan performs with the Shillong Choir
4.36 pm: Farhan Akhtar follows
5.18 pm: SRK intro that leads into AR Rahman's performance
6.08 pm: SRK lead in to Jay Z
7.21 pm: Ranveer Singh's performance
8.06 pm: Coldplay finally gets on to perform a 90-minute set which ends with Rahman singing Vande Mataram

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