Global Citizen 2019: Queen, Rami Malek, Carole King, More

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Headliners and hosts have been announced for Global Citizen’s 2019 Festival’s annual event. The packed lineup will include performances by Queen + Adam Lambert, Carole King, Alicia Keys and Pharrell Williams, in New York’s Central Park on Saturday, September 28. Also appearing are host Hugh Jackman as well as co-host Rami Malek, who earned an Academy Award earlier this year for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Tickets are free, but to be among the 60,000 in attendance to the advocacy event, Global Citizens everywhere must take action through the Global Citizen app to earn a chance to win free tickets to the event.

If you want to earn tickets to the festival, download the Global Citizen app and begin “taking actions.” After each action journey around the four core themes (see below), tickets will be drawn and winners will be notified.

VIP tickets are available to purchase via Ticketmaster.

This year’s headliners also include OneRepublic and H.E.R. Special guest performances by French Montana, Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen), and Jon Batiste & Stay Human will take place throughout the evening, while Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness will return to host the event on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Other co-hosts besides Malek include actress Rachel Brosnahan, Bill Nye, Joy Reid, and actor Forest Whitaker.

Carole King and Queen + Adam Lambert are among the 2019 performers

“Like Live Aid in 1985, we believe this concert will be a milestone,” Queen’s Brian May said.

The festival takes place at the end of the United Nations General Assembly week in New York City and is designed to call on world leaders to make real, impactful commitments toward achieving the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

An estimated 60,000 Global Citizens in attendance — and millions more watching the broadcast and livestreams on Twitter and YouTube — will join the artist lineup to put pressure on governments, businesses, and philanthropists to uphold their responsibilities toward 2019’s four core themes: empowering women and girls around the world, combating plastic pollution to protect the poorest parts of the planet, improving the quality of health care and nutrition, and unlocking human potential through quality education, skills, and health.

Global Citizen is calling on world leaders to make commitments across four policy areas at this year’s festival — women’s rights, plastic pollution, health care, and human capital.

The festival broadcast will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich. For the sixth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter.

Watch Stevie Wonder perform at Global Citizen 2017

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