Beyoncé, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran to headline 2015 Global Citizen Festival

Photo credit: Beyonce via YouTube
Photo credit: Beyonce via YouTube

Some of the biggest names in the music industry are lined up to play at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park in a bid to help end poverty.

On Wednesday, Beyoncé was announced as headliner of the epic charity event, which takes place on September 26. Brit performer Ed Sheeran, who has sold almost five million copies of his second album, x, since it was released last year, is also geared up to perform.

The “Flawless” hitmaker, whose Chime for Change campaign has partnered with the festival to empower young women, gushed over the rewarding opportunity. “I’m proud to announce that Chime For Change will be joining Global Citizen with the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Chime For Change will be bringing hundreds of initiatives dedicated to education, health and justice for girls and women everywhere.” Queen Bey said in a brief video clip via YouTube.

Joining the already stellar line up of music stars is seven-time Grammy Award winners Coldplay. Iconic rockers Pearl Jam are also confirmed as headliners on the bill of the fourth annual benefit concert, which will take place on the Great Lawn of the park.

The event aims to raise awareness of the United Nations’ efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 as well as fighting inequality and protecting the earth. The festival has previously hosted performances from the Foo Fighters, Sting, Jay Z, No Doubt and John Legend. Fans can earn their spot on the lawn by visiting Global Citizen’s website and earning admission points.

The festival will also be available live-streaming worldwide on TIDAL’s global stream, msnbc, YouTube, iHeartRadio, NBC’s one-hour special, and BBC Worldwide’s distribution.

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