Three days before the highly cited Global Citizen Festival India (GCFI), Coldplay frontman Chris Martin arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday. The band is scheduled to perform on Saturday, their first ever concert in India.
The highly talked about event focuses on creating an impact in areas of education, equality, and clean water and sanitation.
Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment which is producing GCFI, told IANS that the rest members of the band will follow Chris soon. But, Martin landed first to ensure planning of the event is in place.
Joseph further added that since Chris is the curator of the event he wishes to take part in everything. The singer wants to push the envelope and engage as many people he can to make an impact. He also joked about Chris keeping his entire team on toes.
For Wizcraft -- which had organised late King of Pop Michael Jackson's 1996 show here, the experience of working with Coldplay is special.
"They are the world's most popular rock band, they are very good and they care about the cause they are supporting. That makes it more special than just their popularity.
"Chris Martin has come to the city three days in advance. That's how committed he is. And to be associated with talent who care about what they represent, is special," Joseph said.
He says the concert is very close to being sold out -- given how "it's going to be a full-fledged performance of Coldplay".
"It has been a while since such a concert happened in India. The last I can remember is when we brought Michael Jackson down to Mumbai in 1996. It has been 20 years since then, so it is unique and special."
GCFI will feature international artistes like band The Vamps -- who too have arrived here -- apart from Jay Z and Demi Lovato. Among Indian celebrities who will be present at the gala are names like Amitabh Bachchan, A.R. Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Freida Pinto, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Monali Thakur and Arijit Singh.
(With IANS Inputs)