British band Coldplay will have their first-ever concert in Mumbai on November 19 as part of the Global Citizen Festival, the organisers tweeted on Saturday. And, turns out, fans can get tickets for free by taking a series of action.
There was much speculation that the tickets would be priced at Rs 25,000 and above with the highest going up to Rs 5 lakhs. It is still not clear if tickets will be sold at all. However, it is clear that free tickets are available.
A report featuring on the group’s official web site said to get free tickets fans will be required to take actions in support of education, equality and sanitation campaigns. Starting September 12, fans can sign up with their web site and complete the festival’s action campaigns, Global Citizen report added.
Fans can take part via phone, email and social media campaigns and earn points which can be redeemed as concert passes once they have enough, reports Buzzfeed.
Chris Martin, the lead vocalist of the band, is the creative director of its Global Citizen Festival.
The Global Citizen Festival, established in 2012, takes place each year in New York’s Central Park on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to push world leaders to put anti-poverty efforts high on the agenda.
“Just like our annual festival in Central Park, tickets to the Indian festival will be free,” the festival said on its website.
It noted that the Mumbai concert would take place on World Toilet Day, which draws attention to sanitation problems.
While most Coldplay fans likely have indoor plumbing, around half of Indians do not have regular access to modern toilets, presenting a major public health hazard.
India is not a new interest for Coldplay, whose video for Hymn for the Weekend, released in January, was shot in the country, although critics said it presented stereotypical images.
The latest New York edition of the Global Citizen Festival, to take place on September 24, will feature R&B superstar Rihanna, metal greats Metallica and leading rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared at the festival in 2014 to lend his support to its goals.
(With inputs from AFP)