12th November, 2016

Coldplay will only be performing for 15 minutes in Mumbai - Hoax or Reality?

Not even a week is left for the most anticipated concert ever in India. Coldplay is finally all geared up to perform on 19th at MMRDA Grounds, Mumbai. More than 45,000 are expected to witness the Global Citizen Festival 2016. People have bought tickets ranging between Rs. 5,000 and 50,000. All out of their pure love for Coldplay. But what if Coldplay just performs for 15 mins? What the....? That was my reaction when I heard a few of my friends talking about it. Oh yeah, based on the news doing the rounds, there are chances that Coldplay will perform a couple of songs, and then that’s about it. If you are thinking that this is impossible, then you might just reconsider the possibilities once again if you look at what people are saying about the event. From what the supporters of this 15 mins theory have to say, firstly, this is not an exclusive Coldplay concert. It is a fund raising event, of which Coldplay is only a part among many other prominent names. The list of celebrities participating in the festival goes like this – Jay Z, Demi Lovato, Aamir Khan, Arijit Singh, Arjun Kapoor, A R Rahman, Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Dia Mirza, Farhan Akhtar, Freida Pinto, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Monali Thakur, Parineeti Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Sakshi Malik, Shahrukh Khan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shraddha Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Vidya Balan, Vijender Singh and Vivek Oberoi. You might want to cross check it as I might have missed a few names! That’s a total of 25 celebrities (or more if I missed someone). Considering they too will do something or the other at at the event, if you take the average time duration of each artist’s performance to be 10 minutes, then the total performance time adds up to 4 hours and 10 minutes. And in the terms and conditions, it is clearly mentioned that the event will be considered as delivered if the total time of the performances exceeds 60 minutes. So, the question is where does Coldplay fit into the scheme of things? There are reports all over the internet stating that the performance duration of Coldplay will be somewhere around 15 minutes. What a bummer will that be. People are flying in from all parts of the country just in the name of Coldplay. It will be extremely disheartening if this actually turns out to be true. And there is no official statement or confirmation talking about the performance duration of Coldplay. Even in the video released by Chris Martin, he tells how happy he is at the prospect of coming to India, but there is nothing substantial mentioned about the performance of the band. All the tickets have been sold only in the name of Coldplay. And as a fan who will be spending so much money, time and energy, you will be expecting them to perform for at least an hour. People who have bought the tickets and done their research, do have their hearts in the mouth seeing such horrendous possibilities. Irrespective of all the assumptions, reports and conjunctures, now only time will tell how great the performance of the band is and more importantly for how long Coldplay is going to perform at the event. What do you think about it? Do let us know in comments! [fbcomments]

by Supritha Manjunath

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