Verge Loves: Global Citizen Live

International advocacy organisation Global Citizen has announced that Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy, Gabrielle Aplin, Luisa Omielan, and Hussain Manawer will perform at  Global Citizen Live London, a free-ticketed arts and activism event to be held on Tuesday, 17 April at the O2 Academy Brixton. The night of special programming is timed to the centenary year of Nelson Mandela and the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Global Citizens will call on world leaders to honour Mandela’s legacy and make major investments towards ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Throughout 2018, Global Citizen will focus its campaigning efforts to honour the memory of the late South African leader, who delivered his final public speech in Trafalgar Square by calling for this generation to realise an end to extreme poverty. In response to Mandela’s appeal, Global Citizens are urging the world’s most powerful to make the political and financial commitments necessary to empower the world’s poor.

Activists and music fans begun earning their free tickets by signing up at and demanding world leaders make major investments to support women and girls, ensure legal gender equity, provide education for children in crises, and eradicate diseases including polio, malaria, and neglected tropical diseases.

Global Citizen Live London is supported by major partners House of Mandela, Johnson & Johnson, Live Nation, Clearly, and Uniting to Combat NTDs.

Scenes during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival Hamburg in Hamburg Germany on July 6, 2017. Photo by Ramon Haindl for Global Citizen

Amy Agnew, Europe Director for Global Citizen, said: “We share Nelson Mandela’s belief that extreme poverty is a man-made condition and that we can be the generation to overcome it, once and for all. We are thrilled to have this incredible lineup of artists – and their fans across the United Kingdom – join the Global Citizen movement and make their voices heard. Now more than ever, we need to work together and demand that our leaders take concrete action for the world’s poor.”

Emeli Sandé said: “Music has given me a great platform to speak up for millions of people around the world who are living in extreme poverty. I can’t wait to take the stage with Global Citizen to honour Nelson Mandela and make a difference for the people we have a duty to uplift and empower.”

Naughty Boy said: “It’s up to our generation to create a world without extreme poverty. Let’s all take action and tell our leaders it’s time to change the world we live in.”  

Gabrielle Aplin said: “I am thrilled to become a Global Citizen and to be a part of this incredible lineup of artists and activists. I hope my fans will join me and tell world leaders that the time for change is now. See you in Brixton!”

Luisa Omielan said: “Education, freedom, and good health are rights that everyone, everywhere deserves. I’m so proud to join Global Citizen on stage and take action, so that everyone can live a life free from want and full of laughter.”

Hussain Manawer said: “For centuries, the power of words have started revolutions and inspired people to take action. I am ready to continue that history and make a difference, and for us here in London with Global Citizen it starts in Brixton Academy, let’s do this.”  

Ahead of the event, Global Citizens will take actions including emailing world leaders, signing petitions, and speaking up on social media to generate on-stage commitments from world leaders in support of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Issue-specific goals for Global Citizen Live London include:

Scenes during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival Hamburg in Hamburg Germany on July 6, 2017. Ramon Haindl for Global Citizen


  • Gender Equality: Secure commitments from Commonwealth leaders to commit to Level the Law by eradicating gender-based legislation that discriminates against girls and women.


  • Education: Advance the educational opportunities of the world’s most vulnerable by calling on the governments of the U.K., Australia, and Canada to make critical financial commitments in support of the Education Cannot Wait Fund.


  • Global Health: Advocate for Commonwealth leaders to dedicate significant resources towards fully eradicating polio, ending malaria, and to continue life-saving work on other neglected tropical diseases.


  • Poor Vision: Campaign for Commonwealth leaders to help ensure clear vision for the 2.5 billion people who suffer needlessly because they don’t have access to an effective, affordable solution that has been around for centuries – a pair of glasses.


  • Health and Nutrition: Ensure donor countries work alongside Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia to create domestic policies and programmes to improve nutrition outcomes for women and girls.


Since the first Global Citizen Festival held in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the world calling for world leaders to honour their responsibility to achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Global Citizen has taken its action-based model to Australia, Canada, India, and Germany and created a platform that is a one stop shop for activists to learn about the issues they care about the most, take action, and earn rewards for doing so.

Global Citizens have generated more than 130 commitments and policy announcements from leaders, including financial aid valued at over £25.07 billion (US $35 billion), that is set to affect the lives of over 1.75 billion people. In the U.K., Global Citizens can already earn tickets to some of their favourite artists’ events and concerts through the organisation’s recently launched Rewards program in partnership with Live Nation and other British music organisations.

For more information about how to join the movement, please visit and follow @GlblCtznUK on Twitter and Facebook and @GlbCtzn on Instagram and YouTube, or using #GlobalCitizenLive.


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