The 25 Most Magical (And WTF) Things That Happened At Coldplay's Concert In Mumbai

    What do you get when you combine India's biggest celebs with the world's biggest band and 80,000 bystanders?

    Last night, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, Jay Z, and the Vamps flew down to perform at India's first Global Citizen Festival – an annual charity music festival.

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    Indian celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, A.R. Rahman, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Farhan Akhtar, and Amitabh Bachchan also performed and made appearances during the 10-hour concert.

    Here's some of the memorable things that happened:

    1. PM Narendra Modi couldn't be there for the event, but called in live to have a chat.

    2. He even managed to slide a demonetisation joke in.

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    That lovable old coot.

    3. And urged the younger generation to make the world a better place by quoting Bob Dylan.


    4. Rahman's 18-year-old bassist was so 🔥🔥🔥 on her mid-set solo that she made the legend grin with pride.

    Srishti Dixit

    5. The Vamps' kooky lead singer, Bradley Simpson, decided to take matters (the damn camera itself) into his own hands while singing live on stage and it was awesome.


    6. Rahman confused people by singing "Humma Humma" in Tamil, when everyone was ready to sing along in Hindi. BUT obviously everybody chimed in for the chorus.

    7. Amitabh Bachchan performed a musical rendition of a speech from his recent film Pink, and it was goosebumps central for each and every person witnessing it.

    8. He also performed an acoustic song with Farhan while wearing this awesome kurta poncho.

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    A kurta poncho? A ponchorta? A kurchonto?

    9. Shah Rukh Khan started chanting "Sachin, Sachin" while welcoming Sachin Tendulkar on stage to talk about sustainable development and hygiene.

    #SRK @iamsrk , #FreidaPinto and @sachin_rt on stage at #GlobalCitizenIndia wooooooooooooooooooooooow

    10. In fact, a recurring theme was that every time Sachin showed up, his words were drowned by the crowd's love for him.

    part of the night when the whole crowd started chanting "Sachin Sachin"

    11. Ranveer Singh was a live wire on the loose and he had the whole crowd going ballistic to his performance of "Malhari".

    12. Chris Martin gloriously danced around with the Indian flag.

    13. And he randomly made up a little melody about India.


    T'was pretty cute.

    14. People were hella confused about the two random DJs called the Electrovertz, who played in between Jay Z and Coldplay.

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    15. Farhan Akhtar's co-singer Shannon Donald was absolutely 🔥 and she head-banged her way into our hearts.

    She was kinda sorta even better than Farhan, tbh.

    16. Jay Z entered rapping to "Chaiyyan Chaiyyan" and his entire set was pretty iconic.

    Jay Z walking in to one of the best sets ever.

    17. Poonam Mahajan, Milind Deora, and Aditya Thackeray came together to represent three different political parties to talk about education, sanitation, and gender equality.

    Sharing the @glblctznIN stage with @poonam_mahajan & @AUThackeray to commit to @SDGoals 4, 5 & 6: Education, Gender…

    18. Freida Pinto tried to talk about girls' education but she was booed by the crowd because they were too impatient for Coldplay.


    19. Even though there was free water being handed out, people were super pissed that it kept running out, and lines to get it were massive.


    20. The irony of a charity event for sanitation and Swachh Bharat ending with trash all over the place was not lost on anybody.

    21. People were kinda annoyed that Ananya Birla supposedly lip-synched through her performance.


    22. Chris Martin picked up the words of "Maa Tujhe Salaam" while performing with Rahman. It had tears streaming down everyone's face.

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    23. Then he upped the ante by coming out and performing "Channa Mereya" before segueing into "Sky Full of Stars".

    Chris Martin Sings Channa Mereya During #Coldplay Concert In Mumbai. Magical. Channa Mereya + Sky Full Of Stars ❤❤❤

    Everyone's goosebumps had goosebumps.

    24. Through all the stellar performances and appearances of the 10-hour concert, the world got a little bit better.

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    • Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis pledged 20,000 crores for hygiene and sanitation.

    • Ratan Tata pledged 300 crores for water and sanitation in Maharashtra.

    • Telangana’s minister K.T. Rama Rao pledged 9,000 crores to taking potable water to 2.5 million more families by 2017.

    • Viacom 18's CEO, Sudhanshu Vats, pledged to support the BMC in helping make Mumbai an open defecation–free city with mobile vans.

    25. And this guy summed up our last couple of weeks perfectly.

    Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

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