Coldplay, Beyoncé, Pearl Jam to Headline Global Citizen Fest
It’s been a blazing hot summer, but that didn’t stop Global Citizen from keeping it cool with their launch party at Milk Gallery last night. CEO Hugh Evans got everyone hyped for the annual Global Citizen Festival and unveiled the organization’s 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty by 2030. The speeches ranged from Amina J. Mohammad, the inspiring Special Adviser to the UN’s Secretary-General; Richard Curtis, the man that cultivated generations of hopeless romantics with his iconic rom-coms (ahem, Love Actually); and Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay who’s always wanted to incite change (don’t tell us "Fix You" isn’t Martin’s ballad to the world). However, there was one surprise left: a video message from Beyoncé announcing the partnership between Global Citizen and her organization, Chime for Change. Once the rousing speeches were over, the everyone, drank and got down to Chapman’s ace DJing, added to the buzz and celebratory highs felt in the packed gallery.
In honor of the Global Citizen Festival going into its fourth year, we asked guests to talk about the upcoming concert in just four words. Curtis took a moment to answer then proudly described it as, “cogent, musical, world-changing, and funny.” Chris Martin put it like a true humanitarian, saying he just wants us to be, “all together as one.” Olivia Wilde, who’s been in attendance every year since they began in 2012, believes it’s, “necessary, inspiring, energizing, and mind-blowing.” Evans wants everyone to expect, “advocacy, goals, and two words: earth-shattering.” Previous years have never failed to impress, and with Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, and Beyoncé performing this September, we’re ready to get wild for this year’s fest.
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Photos by Sarah Kjelleren