Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar and Metallica are gearing up to headline Global Citizen Festival. Another headliner will be Major Lazer and the festival is set to be hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler.
Other festival performers include a special set by Usher, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, Eddie Vedder, Yandel and Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Other celebrities involved with the festival are Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault and Seth Meyers.
Global Citizen Festival is unique in nature because it provides patrons with the option to earn their own tickets through working towards education for impoverished children. These include refugees and girls in countries where a woman’s education is not valued. Those looking for tickets to the festival are encouraged to showcase their efforts as well as enter prize draws at the festival website. Nearly 50,000 free tickets will be handed out to those who prove themselves to be Global Citizens.
“Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken more than 6 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty -- actions that are set to affect the lives of over 650 million of the world’s most marginalized people. This year’s festival -- and this incredible lineup -- is an annual touch point to hold our world leaders to account on their commitments to solve the world’s biggest problems,” CEO of Global Citizen Hugh Evans said in a statement to Billboard.
Comedian and host Handler said on the festival, "I am proud and excited to be a part of such an important movement with Global Citizen. The Festival helps bring serious issues into the broader conversation and encourages people to take action. This year's focus is women and girls, which is such a prevalent topic in our society, I hope lending my voice and my action to this can help to positively impact those."
The festival is slated to occur on Sept. 24 in New York City's Central Park.