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Global Citizen Live 2021 Expands Into Los Angeles, London

Duran Duran leads the lineup in London, alongside Kylie Minogue, Måneskin, Nile Rodgers and Chic, and Rag’n’Bone Man.

Described by organizers of a “once-in-a-generation day of unity,” the fest will also beam out from Paris, France; Lagos, Nigeria; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; and again from its spiritual home, New York City.

As previously reported, the New York event will feature ColdplayBillie EilishCamila CabelloJennifer LopezLizzoMeek MillShawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Burna Boy, Cyndi Lauper, Jon Batiste and Lang Lang. The Lagos leg will feature Femi Kuti, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Made Kuti; while Ed Sheeran, Doja Cat, DJ Snake, H.E.R., Black Eyed Peas, Christine and the Queens and Angélique Kidjo and others will play in Paris.

The historic show will air on ABC, ABC News Live, BBC, FX, iHeartRadio, Hulu, YouTube, TIME, Twitter and more domestic and international media partners.

Across the day, music fans will be treated to performances from BTS, Usher, Andrea Bocelli, Green Day, Keith Urban, Lorde, Metallica, Ricky Martin and many more

“It is again my pleasure and honor to join with all of the artists who are using their gift of song to celebrate the Global Citizens’ event by doing our part in working against global warming, starvation, and singing for equality around the world,” comments Stevie Wonder in a statement. “We Are The Village.”

The 24-hour event is part of Global Citizens’ so-called “Recovery Plan for the World,” a campaign which focuses on COVID-19, ending the hunger crisis, resuming learning for all, protecting the planet; and advancing equity.

The concerts coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in September, the G20 meeting in October and November’s COP26 meetings.

The performers will try to rally citizens across the planet to demand that governments, major corporations and philanthropists work together to defend the planet and defeat poverty; support the campaign, earn tickets and take action.

Duran Duran has experience with music events that make a difference. The British band recounted its performance at the Philadelphia leg of Live Aid back in 1985, how the impact of that spectacular was “heard around the world, yet we’re keenly aware that the issues we campaigned for at the time not only remain, they’re even more critical now.” Simon Le Bon and Co. continue, “We are proud to join this incredible group of artists to raise our collective voices ahead of crucial meetings where some of the most important decisions on foreign aid and climate change will be made.”

For more, visit globalcitizen.org.

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