Green Day, The Killers, and Stevie Wonder are just some of the big names set to invade New York City later this year for the 2017 Global Citizen Festival. On Tuesday (Aug. 1), the annual music festival announced a diverse lineup for its 2017 incarnation which will feature musicians from many different genres of music, including Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, Andra Day, the Lumineers, Alessia Cara and The Chainsmokers in addition to the previously named headliners. According to a press release from the festival, more special guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
For those not familiar with Global Citizen, the organization's main goal is to ask their followers, referred to as Global Citizens, to hold their country's leaders accountable for major world issues. Prior to the big concert event in the fall, Global Citizen will be campaigning to create major changes in the areas of education, food security, healthcare, gender equality and sanitation. In addition to that, the group also aims to end poverty, take on climate change, and fight all kinds of inequalities by 2030. According to their statistics, the actions taken by their followers have resulted in over $30 billion in commitments and policy announcements that will affect over one billion lives.
"We’re grateful to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival," said Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement. "American aid programs make a significant difference in the betterment of lives at home and around the world, and we should all want these programs to become stronger, not weaker. We all play a part in seeing this mission through and it starts with calling on all our leaders."
“In this crucial time, there is nothing more exciting to me than having the honor of giving my gift of song, words and motivation to the Global Citizen Festival," Global Citizen Festival two-time performer Stevie Wonder said. "When we commit ourselves to life issues, we are showing love of the Most High. I was, I am and will always be, a citizen connected to the spirit of everyone on this planet moving forward. Let’s go!”
The 2017 Global Citizen Festival will take place on Sept. 23 at New York City’s Central Park. According to the music festival’s website, they are expecting approximately 60,000 Global Citizens to attend the music event. Like the past years, tickets for the show will be distributed via a lottery system. Fans can get involved and informed on how to become a Global Citizen by checking out the music festival’s website here.