Jay Z and Coldplay to share festival bill in Mumbai

Jay Z and Coldplay are to share the bill when both play their first ever show in India.

The two acts are to appear in Mumbai on 19 November, and the inaugural Indian leg of the Global Citizen festival.

Global Citizen, which is intended to encourage social awareness and activism, has taken place in New York annually since 2012, with Chris Martin as creative director. Both acts have previously played the New York event – Jay Z in 2014 and Coldplay in 2015. The festival is free for people who perform various charitable acts.

The Mumbai event hopes to raise money for orphaned children and provide funding for 25 children’s homes in India, via the crowdfunding site Ketto, as well as help fund education programmes in association with the non-profit organisation Miracle Foundation.

“Our festival combines music with social causes that have an impact and Miracle Foundation has had a huge impact on vulnerable children,” said Global Citizen India’s spokesperson Arnav Sahni. “Fuelled by Ketto’s remarkable crowdfunding platform, we hope to raise money and awareness so the Miracle Foundation can continue to do their inspirational work.”

To earn the 30 points necessary to qualify for the draw to win two free tickets, fans have to undertake a variety of mainly online tasks – they can reach the target by tweeting their support for a variety of causes.

As well as Coldplay and Jay Z, Demi Lovato will be appearing at the Mumbai festival, along with a score of leading Indian artists and celebrities, including composer AR Rahman, film star Amitabh Bachchan and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

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