On Saturday, September 26th, the Global Citizen Festival took place on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City. This festival is an event that is committed to ending extreme world poverty by 2030 by having A-list celebrities and politicians entertain the crowd for the entire day.
One would assume that an all day event with A-list celebrities trying to end world poverty would mean that tickets would cost hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, right? WRONG!
The tickets for this event were free. Yes, FREE!
Instead of asking for money, the Global Citizen Festival created a raffle.
In order to be entered into the raffle, concertgoers had to complete an "action journey."
Basically, they had to write to politicians and post on all their social media in order to be placed in the lottery.
Some 60,000 people were chosen to attend this event, and what an outstanding and powerful show it was.
World renowned music stars such as Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Ariana Grande all made appearances and performed a couple songs for the mass crowd.
Coldplay opened the show with two of their most popular songs, Viva La Vida and Yellow, before inviting Ariana Grande to the stage to perform their own rendition of Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart. The band ended their set with their newest single Amazing Day before allowing other stars and guest speakers to come out for an hour to speak to the crowd.
After celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg, Usher, and Leonardo DiCaprio offered their word on topics like poverty, catastrophic natural disasters, and the plight of children in Syria, Ed Sheeran hopped on stage to lighten the mood with his smooth acoustic set.
Ed serenaded the crowd with some of his hit songs like Lego House, Photograph, and Thinking Out Loud.
After lifting the mood, an announcement was made that a total of 7 million lives had been affected by the event so far.
Even more stars and politicians came out to preach to the audience before the long awaited performance by the one and only, Beyoncé. As one would expect, she put on one hell of a show, entertaining the crowd and spreading messages of feminism and female power throughout her set.
At the end of her performance, Beyoncé handed the mic over to Michelle Obama, who in turn introduced Bono, who passed the mic over to Malala Yousafzai, who made way for Pearl Jam. Eddie Vedder's statement of "What a f*cking day this is" does not even do justice to this amazing event that affected over 7 million lives around the world.
This is truly an inspiring event and is a wonderful way to spread the word of ongoing problems in our world that need to be acted on and need a resolution now.
Have you ever attended a Global Citizen Festival? Was it this one? If so, who was your favorite performer/speaker of the day?
Let us know in the comments below!