Coldplay will be lighting up the other side of the world as its Coldplay Tour 2016 hits Singapore. Will more Asian countries be added next?
Recent reports have revealed that the British band will be visiting the Lion City early next year. While nothing has been confirmed by the band’s camp, Hype has reported that Coldplay will visit Southeast Asia next year, including a stop in Singapore. The site added that the concert may likely be held at Sports Hub, as the venue’s website has already set up a “A Head Full Of Dreams Tour” ticketing page.
Interestingly, an India stop has already been confirmed for Coldplay Tour 2016. The band will be at Mumbai, playing at the Global Citizen Festival on November 19. The band’s next date would be on December 3 already, in Auckland, New Zealand. The two-week break could mean several more Asian stops for the Grammy Award winning band. Maybe Singapore would be an earlier date for them? Manila could also be in the mix.
A Coldplay Live in Manila concert has been rumored since early this year, and with the scheduled dates of the band, a pitstop in the Philippines this November isn’t too far off.
If not this year, Coldplay – which has never played the Philippines – could finally have a concert in the Southeast Asian nation. A fan-created Twitter account for the event has over 12,000 followers already and has slowly been leaving hints for Coldplay Live in Manila.
— Coldplay Philippines (@Coldplay_PH) October 3, 2016
Coldplay Live in India Cancelled?
While fans are eager to hear the band live in India, recent reports suggest that the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) have been demanding that the Global Citizen Festival be postponed. The authorities claim that the concert series headlined by Coldplay “violates the election code of conduct for the upcoming municipal council polls,” HindustanTimes reported.
According to the Congress, the festival could be used as a platform for political gain. Given that the state government is a “strategic partner” for the show, voter influence might be inevitable.
“The Maharasthra government has invested in the event [organised by Global Citizen India]. The MMRDA headed by the chief minister Fadnavis has given a concession of 75% in fare to the organisers for the ground at BKC. The government has also given tax exemption to the show. The tax exemption was given when the code of conduct was in force,” Mumbai chief of Congress, Sanjay Nirupam, explained.
“No political leader should be allowed to deliver speech from the stage where the performance of the band is being held.”
So far, there have been no official decision on the cancellation of the Coldplay Live in India concert.