The Secret Policeman's Ball is a benefit concert series that's been happening since 1976. This year, however, will be the music and comedy showcase's first in the United States. The event will take place in NYC at the Radio City Music Hall on March 4. Announced acts include Mumford & Sons, Coldplay, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Russell Brand; in the past, artists/philanthropic celebs such as Bono and Sting have also supported the event. As it has since its inception, the NYC show will benefit global humanitarian organization Amnesty International.
The last Policeman's Ball went down in London in 2008. Andy Hackman, a spokesman for Amnesty, said that the organization wanted to do something bigger and different this year, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the human rights group. The NYC event will be an "opportunity to really celebrate the presence of freedom of expression and free speech," Hackman continued, "and how we can move people and how we can bring people together, and just how powerful that is." The first U.S.-based Secret Policeman's Ball will feature comedy, sketches and music, though the full lineup hasn't been revealed yet. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Jan. 30. [Billboard]