British rock band Coldplay is set to perform in Mumbai on November 19, in its first concert in India. Quoting a source, Mid-day reported that the band would perform at MMRDA and the show is a charity gig, put together by the Global Citizen Festival run by Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin.
The show will also seeAmerican hip hop artiste Jay-Z, Bollywood stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone, and music composer AR Rahman among a host of other celebrities.
But Coldplay fans, who have waited for years for the band to perform in India,were aghast at the price of the tickets, which Mid-Day reported began at Rs 25,000 and climb up to a whopping Rs 5 lakhs.
Twitterati, of course, vented their pain and anger at the ticket prices in the best way possible, flooding microblogging site with tweets and memes.
Surely this Coldplay concert is being organised by Income Tax Dept. as part of black money repatriation?— Sahodaran Mustafa (@sidin) September 9, 2016
However, contrary to reports, sources say only 5000 tickets will be sold to the public, the remaining tickets will be free. But fans will have to be earn the ticket through socially responsible tasks to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges. According to the Global Citizens website, these tasks range from tweeting and emailing politicians to signing petitions. Each action will earn you a point and with enough points you can enter the draw, making you eligible to win you and a friend a ticket.
Not many artists I have met care as much about their fans as Coldplay does. So rest assured, keep your kidney with you.— Vijay Nair (@vijay_nair) September 9, 2016
Note: This copy has been updated following an erroneous report about ticket prices