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The Global Festival aims to mobilise more than 50,000 people to take action in support of ending extreme poverty, and to secure more than $100m in new commitments from charities, businesses and governments to fight extreme poverty through our NGO partners. Beyond that, the Global Festival is being run to help shine a spotlight on the progress that's being made fighting extreme poverty, and showcase some of the amazing organisations and individuals who are doing it.

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Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses and K'naan will share the stage at the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on September 29th as part of the Global Festival, a concert designed to bring awareness and funds to the cause of ending global poverty.

"We wanted to make it different from other benefit concerts - we didn't want it to be the same as, say, Live 8," Hugh Evans, co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, tells Rolling Stone. The team organized Global Festival in conjunction with Goldenvoice/AEG, the veteran team behind the landmark Coachella music festival. "We wanted to do something unique for our generation."

Adds Rick Mueller, concert promoter at Goldenvoice,"Central Park is iconic." The venue has hosted legendary concerts from the likes of Elton John, Simon and Garfunkel, Diana Ross and, more recently, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi and the Black Eyed Peas. "It's a worldwide platform, one that few get to play, so it's the perfect stage for a charity and a cause - especially considering the caliber of artists involved. I don't know if there's been a rock show this big at Central Park; it's a cohesive lineup that really makes a statement." -[Rolling Stone]

As all shows on Central Park's Great Lawn must be free with tickets distributed by lottery, the system for getting them involves you earning points by "learning, sharing and taking action against extreme poverty." Details of how it works are at the Global Citizen website.

The Central Park show is a month before Neil Young & Crazy Horse's tour returns to NYC for shows at Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Band of Horses meanwhile are touring with My Morning Jacket.

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Comments (73)

I have to do actual work to enter a lottery to be among a half a million gnarly hippies? No thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 10:51 AM

Hey, we're in bold!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 10:54 AM

hahah great, one hipster-too- important- to- big- events less do dispute tickets. All awesome bands. Hope I get one

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:04 AM

Charity for scalpers...

Posted by ME | August 7, 2012 11:04 AM

Agreed, 10:51.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:13 AM

free music of this caliber? yes, please.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:15 AM

$190 doesn't seem terrible if they all play full sets.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:15 AM

Crap, finally get a ticket to see Jack White play, and now this is the same night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:20 AM

Crazy Horse, A Band Of Horses ... maybe the answer is to feed the poor with horse meat amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:21 AM

$190..where do you see that?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:22 AM

Same night as David Byrne too

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:23 AM

If you are an actual compassionate human being, you do this shit already. Easiest 3 points I ever earned. Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:24 AM

Plenty of tickets being given out. Shouldn't be too hard to get in.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:33 AM

Of course it won't be hard to get in. The great lawn holds about a half million people. This is going to make Zuccotti Park smell like the Four Seasons.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:35 AM

cause nothing solve world hunger and poverty like a bunch of lazy, self centered, entitled white people listing to and playing music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:36 AM

Anyone see anything about the specific start/end times for this? If it's a daytime thing, my evening concert plans may not be thwarted after all (was deciding between David Byrne and Mark Kozelek).

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:37 AM

People that use the term "white people" when they fit into that category don't have the right to express themselves in any way any longer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:38 AM

they should sell some tickets for this as well, would def. pay for this lineup

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:40 AM

What does all of this have to do with the Jew Problem?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:42 AM

don't think they are playing full sets.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:42 AM

I just fell in love ... with Sgt Santos from The Shaggy Shack, A Foster Home of Middle Island, New York!

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/23306602

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:43 AM

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:43 AM

$400 to meet all the performers, eat good food, open bar, hassle free entrance & bathrooms, and prime seating? That's really not such a bad deal if you like these performers.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:46 AM

RIP Marvin Hamlisch

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:48 AM

starts at 5, i'm guessing it'll be over by 10 or 11 due to noise regulations and curfew

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:51 AM

Well, if I don't get tickets to this, I'll just mosey over to Koz and get tickets at the door.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:59 AM

YEah, It's a fest. so they should play standard fest. time, Neil Young been the headline playing 01:30. FF and BK one hour. The rest like 40 min. that means about 6 hours, if you count pause between sets, as is just one stage

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:59 AM

Remember when free concerts didn't require tickets? All those historic Central Park concerts, simply open to the public.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 12:14 PM

Anybody else having trouble registering?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 12:15 PM

12:14 I know, how horrible is it to have to sign petitions to get into a free concert???

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 12:25 PM

No problem for me registering... Super easy

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 12:33 PM

doesn't say there is a meet and greet involved with VIP

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 12:51 PM

How many petitions do I sign for free weed?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 12:53 PM

Got so many nipples the kids call me Spic Larry

Posted by Spic Larry | August 7, 2012 1:04 PM

^ nah, just Spic, as in "Hey Spic, come over here and wipe up this mess now!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 1:10 PM

good cause .. smart marketing (forcing people to tweet or spread info)

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 1:11 PM

Gotta say, first time in many years I see a summer festival caliber lineup in NYC. This beats any day of Lollapalooza, Coachella etc Way to ho NYC!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 1:30 PM

I miss truly free shows as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:08 PM

12:14, remember people getting mugged when Diana Ross played for free on the Great Lawn? Fun times....

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:10 PM

Remember the free May-Day parties in Thompkins Square park where rave gangs would smoke PCP filled blunts in the open air?

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:23 PM

yeah, why do all these free things now have to involve giving all kinds of information on the internet to get a print out with a bar code on it.

Why so much control? Big Brother.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:28 PM

Sneaking into the great lawn is the easy. Real easy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:37 PM

You're an idiot if you're jumping through the requisite hoops for tickets for this. They'll have tons of extras and you won't have any trouble getting in. I'd put money on the bar code scanners not even working.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 2:56 PM

They're capping it at 60,000 apparently, which is nice. Seeing a show with a cap of 400-500,000 would be awful.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:15 PM

Capping it at 60,000? Right, good luck with that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:45 PM

Sneaking into this will be easier than sneaking across the Texas border

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:46 PM

requisite hoops?

You mean filling out your name and email address to register and then clicking on two simple things to enter for a chance to win tickets?

It took me all of thirty seconds to do this and now I am entered.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 4:52 PM

Awesome! Heard these guys on 101.9 (the new alternative rock station in NY) and am pumped for this. Take the train in, down a few on the train, stop in at Brother Jimmy's, down a few more + wings, then head to the show! Sounds like a killer day, see y'all there :)

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 6:10 PM

^ I like your style

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 6:21 PM

I like his style, too. We need more 6:10s around here.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 6:56 PM

^last three comments are from blues lawyers

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 7:01 PM

"hahah great, one hipster-too- important- to- big- events less do dispute tickets. All awesome bands. Hope I get one"

The southwest portion of my brain exploded as I tried to decipher this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 7:04 PM

can't wait to see the dirty, authentic delta blues of the black keys! love that dirty soulful sound!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 9:03 PM

 What's up with the name steal? Have these idiots ever heard of an amazing festival called GlobalFest? Unprecedented in its exposure of world music to NYC?? Cant be it? Steal it! Music industry-tards unite!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 7, 2012 11:35 PM

Okay someone PLEASE explain to me how a "free" concert will do ANYTHING to aliviate poverty. How? Is each artist donating a million dollars of their own money to a charitable cause? Are donations being encouraged from each concert goer? (I wouldnt expect much) Raising awareness? Really? Because no-one had ANY idea that *gasp!* poverty exists! OMG! Poverty? What the fuck is that? This, much like Live 8, is complete, utter bullshit. Charge admission, raise millions and use THOSE proceeds to fight poverty. This does absolutely nothing. This is a self-indulgent, corporate circle jerk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2012 12:44 AM

*alleviate*

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2012 12:45 AM

SLACKTIVISM. Curious (and good to see) Partners In Health, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, & Bread for the World staying away from this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2012 10:08 AM

i have 24 points!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 8:49 AM

@849 cool story broooooo i have 55, easiest ish ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 9:58 AM

i have 83 now

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 1:06 PM

dag. 55? 83? how did yall get so many? i'm stuck at 24...dont wanna post shit on facebook. sticking with twitter and signing petitions. what's the trick?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 4:54 PM

here's the trick:

everyday they post articles. go to 'recent articles' and share every article on a bunk spam twitter account. share every article on a fake facebook. you can get like ~15 points a day doing this. they add up quickly (although frankly, there's no point in earning anymore than 30 points, bc at that point you'll definitely get a pair of tickets to the concert).

Posted by scalper x | August 13, 2012 4:57 PM

thanks scalper x!

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:01 PM

@501 seeing you type that brings tears to my eyes, bebe

Posted by scalper x | August 13, 2012 5:20 PM

man, people really have to act like total retards in the comment section, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2012 5:33 PM

I got a ticket through the first lottery!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 5:33 PM

Yeah, you and 6999 other people.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2012 5:50 PM

loving the new "Knock Knock" video- can't wait for more Band of Horses!

Posted by Amanda | August 29, 2012 1:58 PM

Just watched the video for Knock Knock (http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2012/08/24/159982723/first-watch-band-of-horses-knock-knock) and am definitely now most excited to see Band of Horses!!!

Posted by Bobby | August 30, 2012 8:22 PM

I got 12 points and won 6 tickets. Definitely gonna sell 4 of them overpricedly on faceboon. Morons

Posted by tom battz | August 31, 2012 11:22 AM

hahaha i won today with 5 points!!! trying to win more though and sell them to actual black keys and neil young fans at cheap prices to avoid all the idiots getting tickets.

Posted by A | September 7, 2012 3:54 PM

^ "Cheap prices" better be something like $10 and not the $35-50 I see people asking for on Craigslist. Fuckers!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2012 8:34 AM

i have 2 tkts. need to get son in for free.. ya think?

Posted by d | September 26, 2012 11:39 PM

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