Stevie Wonder, Lennox to Headline Global Events

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Annie Lennox (Photo via Global Citizen)

The 2017 Global Citizen Festival, a free-ticketed concert held annually to promote volunteerism in New York’s Central Park, will feature Stevie Wonder, Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers and featuring The Chainsmokers at this year’s event. The show takes place on the Great Lawn in Central Park, on Saturday, September 23, 2017.

Tickets are also available for purchase here.

On August 23, the organizers announced that Annie Lennox would be this year’s recipient of the now-annual George Harrison Global Citizen Award. The singer will be honored for her humanitarian efforts at an event on Monday, September 18, at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. A complete list of this year’s events can be found here.

Watch Lennox perform one of her solo hits

The concert announcement was made on August 1 by the international advocacy organization Global Citizen, which “calls on leaders in America and around the world to uphold their responsibility to end extreme poverty by 2030,” according to a press release.

Related: Last year’s festival featured Metallica, Eddie Vedder and Cat Stevens

Stevie Wonder said, “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. 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!”

For the fourth consecutive year, MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the festival on MSNBC and The festival will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

The festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter.

“Global Citizens” can earn their admission to the free-ticketed festival by joining the movement at Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified by Global Citizen when they have been selected.

For more information about how to join the movement, visit and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, using #GlobalCitizen.


Watch Stevie Wonder perform “Sir Duke” at the 2013 Global Citizen Festival


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