Elvis Costello will perform a short acoustic set at the second annual Global Citizen Festival, Rolling Stone has learned. The free concert will be held Saturday, September 28th, in New York’s Central Park. Costello will share the bill with headliners Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer. The event will be broadcast online. Register at www.globalfestival.com and you’ll be sent instructions on how to watch the live feed on Saturday.
The Global Citizen Festival is organized by the Global Poverty Project, which aims to eradicate poverty. Last year’s inaugural show drew 60,000 people to see Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys, John Legend and Band of Horses. It was initially conceived as a one-shot deal, but interest from Stevie Wonder caused organizers to realize that a second show would help spread their message even further. It’s timed to coincide with the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
“What the Global Poverty Project and its Global Citizen movement have accomplished in just five years is really inspiring,” Mayer said in a statement. “Their mission to end extreme poverty is one that we can all agree on, all support. I’m excited to be part of this year’s program, alongside musicians I admire and working to end extreme poverty within a generation.”
Gerard Butler, Katie Holmes, Freida Pinto, Olivia Wilde, Bridget Moynahan, Russell Simmons and will.i.am are scheduled to speak at the show on Saturday.