A trip to Mumbai & Coldplay Concert || Part 1

19th Nov 2016
Day 1

Thanks to Global Citizen Festival, Coldplay was coming to India, and that had generated a lot of buzz in the country. This was going to be the first performance by the international band in India.

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Being an ardent fan of the band, I just had to get my hand on the tickets anyhow. Hence, after participating in some online contests and activities and helping the GCF towards their mission of eliminating poverty, I got hold of a free ticket to the silver zone at the venue - MMRDA Grounds. I instantly booked my tickets and was ready to go.

MMRDA Grounds

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I reached Mumbai on the morning of the concert and had my return flight the next evening at 4. I wanted to spend some more time in the megacity, whose stories had always charmed me. After reaching my pre-booked guesthouse, I got some much- needed sleep and headed for the concert in the afternoon.

MMRDA ground is a sprawling venue, enough to accommodate the expected crowd of over 1 lakh. The concert started with speeches from various ministers and other personalities, and moved on to performance by Bollywood artists. The only notable performabce I found was of A>R Rahman who enthralled the ground with his tunes of Dil Se, Vande Mataram among others.

Chris Martin, in full flow

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But really, Coldplay was what the whole crowd had been waiting for. The much anticipated performance from the band started at 8:30 pm with Chris Martin starting off with a song shot in India - ' Hymn for the Weekend '. The next 3 hours were pure magic. All of their hits, 'Yellow', 'Paradise', 'Viva La Vida' had the crowd grooving to the captivating music, surely an "Adventure of a Lifetime". This is one memory that might take forever to get erased.

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