India: Nearly 80,000 people attend Coldplay concert in Mumbai

Nearly 80 per cent of tickets to the Coldplay concert were given away to people who support organiser Global Poverty Project's campaign. (File photo) Photograph:( AFP )

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Nov 19, 2016, 08.40 PM (IST)

Close to 80,000 people attended the Global Citizen Festival headlined by Coldplay in India's financial capital Mumbai on Saturday.

Rap megastar and music producer Jay Z, pop singer Demi Lovato and British band The Vamps performed at the event. The concert was attended by prominent Indian artistes, including Shah Rukh Khan. 

The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music concert established in 2012 which is part of a broader campaign to end extreme poverty by 2030. Coldplay's Chris Martin is the concert's creative director.

Concertgoers formed long queues early in the day outside the venue, causing major traffic congestion in Mumbai's already-congested business district. 

Martin ended the concert by singing India’s national anthem ‘Vande Mataram’ (Mother, I salute thee) with help from India's Oscar-winning music director A.R Rahman.

Nearly 80 per cent of tickets to the event were given away to people who support organiser Global Poverty Project's campaigns, including improving sanitation, gender equality, and education in India.

The event was attended by Hindi screen legend Amitabh Bachchan and Nelson Mandela's grandson Kweku Mandela.

Modi invokes Dylan

In a televised address, India’s Prime minister Narendra Modi quoted lines from Bob Dylan’s famous song 'The Times They Are A-Changin' to refer to changing political climate in the south Asian country.

But he kept his comments brief, saying "I know that I stand between you and Coldplay," but heaped praise on India's young population, saying they "bring an energy and idealism that is unparalleled."

(WION with inputs from AFP)