Taking a cab at 2:30 am after a long day’s work then walking past sleepy, rotund guards clutching a suitcase in hand, we somehow reached the airport to take an early morning flight to Mumbai. Holding on to dear tickets in one hand while simultaneously diluting our veins with caffeine, we finally reached the Global Citizen Festival 2016. But somehow our fatigue and sleep deprivation made way as we reached the venue. After baking in the sun the whole day, we saw Coldplay perform and we realized why this struggle was so worth it.
We were joined by 80 thousand fellow devotees as we collectively kneeled obeisance while the paradisiacal band set the stage on fire in Mumbai on October 19, 2016. The mellifluous sermon that lasted for two hours left us with tears of joy and an experience to remember for a lifetime. However, one thing that caught our eye (apart from Chris Martin, of course) were a few mainstream trends that were omnipresent throughout the length and breadth of the MMRDA ground.
The festival that wasn’t SHORT(S) on fun!
Following some sort of unspoken rule, shorts in all shapes, colours and sizes were everywhere. From classic denim shorts to the recent distressed take on the trend, shorts were the unofficial uniform for the day. However, in a sea of blue denim, the faux leather variety felt like a breath of fresh air. Cuffed denims, all-over prints and high-waisted shorts in bright colours were other cool trends spotted. We are glad we looked like part of the same tribe in a homogeneous pair. With the sun showing no mercy (we strongly believe it was the curse of those who didn’t get the tickets), all of us were glad to have made this wardrobe choice.
Top it off with a crop
While standing in the long queue outside the venue (most of us had already mastered the art while waiting outside the ATMs), we noticed how crop tops were synonymous with #ootd. We encountered girls wearing this hot, midriff-baring trend more number of times than we heard the words ‘Coldplay’ at the festival. From crop tops with floral prints to those with eye-popping colours, the assortment was something to watch out for.
Sole proprietorship (NOT)
It seemed everyone had collectively decided to put their best foot forward in white sneakers that could easily give detergent ads a run for their money. Since the telepathy amongst the congregation was stronger than any wifi connection, we too joined in the white sneakers movement with a vengeance. It seemed like a good idea during the first half of the concert but as soon as Chris Martin instructed everyone to put their phones down and “dance”, all hell broke loose. At the end of this two-hour period of foxtrotting and jumping, we all dragged our way out of the concert in mud-toned soles.
Watching Coldplay perform live in India felt like an ‘adventure of a lifetime’ and even though everyone in the band from Chris Martin to Jonny Buckland couldn’t have laid their eyes on us, everyone was dressed in their casual best to be ready for the ‘what if’ (or as Coldplay says ‘I think I see you’) situation.
For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Global Citizen Festival, there are a lot of music festivals and NH7 weekenders to look forward to. Take cue from our #OutfitOfThatDay and keep it casual, trendy and comfortable (you’ll lose more calories in a day dancing to your favourite band, than you will on the treadmill in a year). If you’re heading to any of the upcoming music festivals, then tell us in the comments section what you are planning to wear.
If you’re still looking for some inspiration, we have an array of Bollywood stars and how they rocked their look for the Coldplay concert.