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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:49:48

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    Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Metallica are set to headline the 2016 Global Citizen Festival. Which will take place on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 24th. Usher, Selena Gomez, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, Yusuf/Cat Stevens and many more are also set to perform at fifth annual awareness-raising concert.

    In previous years the show has drawn an estimated 60,000 people.

    Among the hosts this year are Neil Patrick Harris, Salma Hayek, Seth Meyers, Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, and Deborra-lee. The event will also be simulcast live on MSNBC and YouTube.

    Coldplay's Chris Martin, who signed on for a 15-year stint as curator for the fest, as well as Usher, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Ellie Goulding and Yusuf/Cat Stevens are also scheduled to make special guest performances during the fifth annual Global Citizen Fest.

    In a statement the festival announced its aims to "harness actions from millions of Global Citizens around the world to hold world leaders accountable to the progress made toward achieving the Global Goals set out by the United Nations last year,"

    Admission to the event can be earned by joining the social action platform at the fest's site. The festival has initiated an education campaign that allows fans to earn festival entry by "completing actions to help promote and ensure that equitable and quality education is available to all, particularly refugee children and access for girls & women," organizers said in a statement. A limited number of VIP tickets will also go on sale at Ticketmaster on Thursday, July 28th.

    "Since 2012, more than six million actions from Global Citizens have led world leaders to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to issues of girls and women’s equality, education, health, water and sanitation, environment, finance and innovation, and food and hunger," the fest said in a statement.

    In Rolling Stone Global Citizen co-founder Ryan Gall discussed Chris Martin's 15-year role as the festival's curator, which kicked off with the 2015 fest. "[Chris Martin] didn't want to do just a one-off. He wanted to sink his teeth into it and really do some meaningful work. He literally has called up artists. He called up Ed Sheeran personally. He called up Beyoncé personally. When we come up with an idea like, 'Hey, do you guys want to collaborate on a song?' it's just festival people trying to make it happen. But if Chris has an idea of collaborating and doing something unique during the performance, it's coming from the artist. It changes everything."

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    07.26.16

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