Metallica and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder are among the artists who will perform at this year’s Global Citizen festival at Central Park in New York City on September 24th. Free tickets to the event can be earned by “completing actions to help promote and ensure that equitable and quality education is available to all, particularly refugee children and access for girls and women,” according to a press release. The festival has teamed again this year with Gucci’s Chime For Change campaign.

  • Other acts appearing at the event include Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, Usher, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Ellie Goulding. Among the event’s hosts are Chelsea Handler, Hugh Jackman, Seth Meyers, Neil Patrick Harris and Salma Hayek.
  • Festival CEO Hugh Evans said, “Over the last five years, Global Citizens around the world have taken more than 6 million actions in the fight against extreme poverty,” adding that this year’s festival “is an annual touch point to hold our world leaders to account on their commitments to solve the world’s biggest problems.”
  • The 2016 Global Citizen festival will broadcast live on MSNBC and stream on as well as YouTube.
  • Metallica has one other current live date on its schedule, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on August 20th. The band’s 10th studio album is due out this fall.

SIDE NOTES: The Global Citizen Festival is unique in that most of the tickets are given away for free. Fans are instead asked to participate in progressive activism to earn points and qualify for a ticket draw, which will happen every two weeks. After each draw, a new group of challenges will appear for potential concertgoers. Currently, fans can earn points by tweeting at worldwide government leaders demanding change in policy, signing petitions, referring friends to Global Citizen and more.

CHECK IT OUT: Learn more about Global Citizen here

INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Greg Lee Ward wrote: “‘Global Citizen’ sounds rather Orwellian. So much for Metallica being the band of the Everydude. I’ve already ruled out Pearl Jam as being a rock and roll band.”

Ian Cooper wrote: “What in the hell happened to Metallica? Rihanna… Selena Gomez… and Metallica?”

David Tucker wrote: “You couldn’t pay me to go to this…f**king christ in hell, this is awful!”

Nathan Webster wrote: “I feel like 80s ‘Tallica would be against everything about this New World Order Celebration. Good Lord, could they be any less metal in 2016?”