Jay Z, Coldplay, Bollywood Stars to Headline Global Citizen India Concert

Jay Z H 2015
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Jay Z H 2015

Just like the annual Global Citizen Festival in New York, a majority of the tickets for the Mumbai concert are being offered free in exchange for performing social tasks related to education, equality and sanitation.

Jay Z, Coldplay and top Bollywood stars will share the stage at the first Global Citizen Festival in India, which will be held Nov. 19 in Mumbai. The event will mirror the annual Global Citizen Festival held in New York's Central Park, where free tickets are earned by performing various social tasks.

The concert will feature the first-ever performances in India by Coldplay and Jay Z. Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin visited the country before, performing unannounced last July at a club in Delhi, which caused a social media frenzy while sparking rumors of a possible Coldplay concert. Martin returned with Coldplay later to film the video for “Hymn for the Weekend” in Mumbai.

After registering on the Global Citizen India website, users can earn reward points in return for performing tasks in support of education, equality and sanitation campaigns. These include the likes of signing online petitions to Indian politicians and even to organizations such as the World Bank. The points can then be redeemed for free tickets.
The India concert is being held on World Toilet Day to highlight the issue of sanitation in the country.

Following an initial announcement last week confirming Coldplay on the lineup, organizers on Tuesday revealed further details, confirming Jay Z and major Bollywood stars on the roster, including Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire). Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who was part of the announcement press conference, also will grace the event for which the lineup includes actors Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh and Farhan Akhtar along with actresses Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor Khan, among others. The likes of Rahman and actor-singers like Akhtar could be expected to perform, while others may host segments for the event.

While a majority of the tickets are being offered for free, some also will go on sale Thursday, when ticket prices will be revealed. The concert's India partners include Viacom18 Networks. The event will be managed by Wizcraft Entertainment, which has promoted major gigs in the past including Michael Jackson's 1996 performance in Mumbai.

Last year, Martin visited India as part of a delegation with the Global Poverty Project, which is associated with the Global Citizen nonprofit. In addition to visiting some development projects along with fellow delegate actress Freida Pinto, Martin also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to discuss issues related to sanitation, hygiene and water.

During his first state visit to the U.S. in 2014, Modi briefly addressed the crowd at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.

This year's edition will be held on Sept. 24. Hosts include Bollywood and Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault, Chelsea Handler, Deborra Lee and Hugh Jackman, among others. Performers include Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer and Metallica with guest appearances by Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Usher and Ellie Goulding, among others.