The 24-hour Global Citizen Live series of concerts on Sept. 25 will feature a star-studded line-up of acts performing in COVID-safe shows spanning six continents. The initial roster for the New York event will feature Coldplay, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste and Lang Lang.
The historic show that will air on ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube, TIME, Twitter and more outlets will also host Femi Kuti, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Made Kuti in Lagos, Nigeria and Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, H.E.R., Black Eyed Peas, Christine and the Queens and Angélique Kidjo playing in Paris, with more locations and performances to be announced later this month.
With additional shows in Rio de Janeiro, London, Seoul, Los Angeles and Sydney, the concerts are slated to raise awareness about issues including climate change, famine and vaccine equity and coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in September, the G20 meeting in October and November’s COP26 meetings. The artists will try to rally citizens across the planet to demand that governments, major corporations and philanthropists work together to defend the planet and defeat poverty; support the campaign, earn tickets and take action here.
Among the other previously announced acts slated to appear live or in pre-taped slots are: Adam Lambert, Andrea Bocelli, BTS, Demi Lovato, Duran Duran, Green Day, Hugh Jackman & Deborra-lee Furness, Keith Urban, Lorde, The Lumineers, Metallica, Rag’n’Bone Man, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd and Usher.
“Over the last year and a half, we’ve seen music bring communities together and inspire action during one of the most challenging times of our generation,” said Katie Hill, SVP, Head of Music, Entertainment and Artist Relations, Global Citizen in a statement. “We’re excited to join these incredible artists to unite people across the globe on September 25th as we hold world leaders and business leaders accountable to rectify the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we carefully resume Global Citizen’s live events, we couldn’t be more grateful to each of these artists for donating their time and performances to make an impact through this urgent campaign.”
Global Citizen Live will ask world leaders to deliver on a number of a ambitious goals before Sept. 1, including: 1 billion trees planted and preserved to help prevent global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels by curbing emissions and supporting 1t.org; 1 billion vaccines to the poorest countries; meals for the 41 million people on the brink of famine.
“As wealthy countries are well on their way to reopening and returning to normal life, we now face a two-track pandemic of haves and have-nots. Over 75% of the more than 4 billion doses administered to date have occurred in just 10 countries while only 1% of people in low-income countries have received a dose,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, in a statement. “We cannot disregard this gross inequity or become complacent. This remains a global crisis, with emerging variants emanating from undervaccinated parts of the world continuing to threaten everyone’s lives and livelihoods. It will only end with global equitable access to vaccines and other life-saving medical supplies.”
All of the shows will comply with the latest COVID-19 health and safety guidelines according to organizers, with a limited-capacity event in Lagos filmed in advance with a fully vaccinated audience. Attendees in Paris on the Champ de Mars must show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test and in New York, the festival on the Great Lawn in Central Park will require attendees to be fully vaccinated no later that two weeks before the concert or present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the show to gain entry and all fans must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
Executive producers of Global Citizen Live include Michele Anthony for UMG, Francine Katsoudas, Tina Kennedy, Eric Ortner, Guy Oseary, Michael Rapino for Live Nation, Brian N. Sheth, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby and Chris Stadler.