The Global Citizen Festival will return to New York City this September, featuring headlining performances from A-list stars in the industry in Central Park.
Rockers Queen and Adam Lambert will take the stage, along with pop stars Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, and H.E.R., jazz’s legendary Carole King, and alt-rock group OneRepublic. French Montana, Ben Platt, and Jon Batiste and Stay Human will also perform during the free-ticketed event, with Deborra-lee Furnes and husband Hugh Jackman hosting the festival. Other co-hosts Elvis Duran, Matt Bomer, Rachel Brosnahan, Taraji P. Henson, Rami Malek, Bill Nye, Joy-Ann Reid, and Forest Whitaker will make appearances.
The festival, which was organized back in 2012 by the Global Poverty Project, aims to end global poverty by 2030. It was founded by Ryan Gall and Hugh Evans with Coldplay’s lead vocalist Chris Martin serving as the festival’s curator for the next 11 years. In 2017, the festival’s model of ticket distribution generated 1.6 million actions in two months, which equals $3.2 billion for sustainable development to help 221 million people, Time reports.
It’s no surprise that Queen, who is known for their activism and iconic performance in 1985 at Wembley Stadium for Live Aid, will headline the show. Brian May and Roger Taylor noted in a statement that Central Park is one of the most “iconic venues in the world” and they’re honored to perform at Global Citizen, calling it “one of the most important social moments of our time.”
“I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival working toward one goal,” Lambert said in a statement. “Although there is still work to be done, I am blown away by this organization’s progress to end extreme poverty and can’t wait to celebrate how far we’ve come.”
During the 2018 edition of the fest, which featured performances from Cardi B, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monae, and Janet Jackson, concertgoers left in panic after hearing a noise which sounded like a gunshot. People began sprinting for cover and trampling one another, causing some fans to be injured. The show was stopped briefly, and it was later announced that the noise was from a member of the crowd stepping on a drink bottle and “popping” it.
Those hoping to attend this year’s event can enter to win a free ticket by downloading the Global Citizen app. Tickets will be drawn during the summer and fans will be notified if they have been selected.