Global Festival, a concert intended to raise awareness and funds to combat global poverty, will take over Central Park’s Great Lawn on September 29. Taking the stage will be a number of heavy-hitters, including Neil Young, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, K’naan, and Band of Horses.
The concert was organized by the Global Poverty Project along with Goldenvoice/AEG, which puts on Coachella. “We wanted to make it different from other benefit concerts – we didn’t want it to be the same as, say, Live 8,” says Global Poverty Project’s co-founder Hugh Evans. “We wanted to do something unique for our generation.”
Global Festival will take place just as international leaders are discussing worldwide poverty issues at the United Nations General Assembly Meeting. The show itself is free–it’s required to be, due to its use of a public space. Tickets can be acquired lottery-style via the Global Poverty Project’s online and app-based platform Global Citizen. Fans are entered into the drawing after “earning [three] points by learning, sharing and taking action against extreme poverty.” The concert is being funded largely by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Sumner Redstone Charity Foundation, UNICEF, and Rotary International.[Rolling Stone]