September 16, 2015


Tori Kelly & Common Join Global Citizen Fest, Feat. Beyoncé & Ed Sheeran

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Update (9/16): 2015's Global Citizen Festival is around the corner, and headliners BeyoncéPearl JamColdplay and Ed Sheeran have some company. The über-promising Tori Kelly and the always-excellent Common have joined the lineup, while Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Katie Holmes and Usher are playing hosts alongside the previously announced Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek Pinault, Olivie Wilde, Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman.

Global Citizen goes down on September 26 in New York City's Central Park.

Original Story (7/9): Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay are set to rock the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on September 26, the fest revealed today.

Set to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meeting, the Global Citizen Festival aims to help end world poverty by 2030. Most concertgoers earn free tickets to the event through socially conscious actions like signing petitions and contacting world leaders. Further information about Global Citizen and how to earn tickets can be found at the official site.

The official lineup of the fourth annual event comes a week after Seattle rockers Pearl Jam tweeted a hint—a photo of what appeared to be a New York subway station with the words “Pearl Jam Special Announcement Coming Soon” on it and the message “Stay Tuned.” 

Ed Sheeran was the first of this year’s performers to tell the world he’d be playing the event, with a post to his Facebook page last month. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, meanwhile, recently landed a gig as curator of the Global Citizen Festival for the next 15 years. 

New York Beyoncé fans are in luck for the second year in a row: Bey was the surprise guest of husband Jay Z at the 2014 concert, which also featured Carrie Underwoodfun.No DoubtAlicia Keys, and StingFoo FightersNeil YoungStevie Wonder and many others have performed in previous years. –Jessica Letkemann