Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe Among 2018 Global Citizen Festival Headliners

You'll need to be part of the Rhythm Nation to get tickets to the free show.

The 2018 Global Citizen Festival is set to return to New York City’s Central Park on September 29—and the free concert is not short on high-caliber performers.

Janet Jackson and The Weeknd are on tap to headline the festival along with Janelle Monáe, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes, and more. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness will host the event with co-hosts including Gus Kenworthy, La La Anthony, Naomi Campbell, and Kal Penn.


The 2018 Global Citizen Festival—curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin— serves as a platform to demand world leaders uphold their responsibilities surrounding a variety of key policy issues. Though the annual festival’s mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030, this year, Global Citizens is also focusing on preventable diseases, education, clean drinking water, menstrual hygiene, reducing single-use plastic, and eliminating bail bond programs that unfairly target the poor to name a few.

“In 2018, it is more important than ever for Global Citizens here in the United States and around the world to demand their voices be heard—through activism and at the polls— so that we can continue progress towards a world free from needless suffering and want,” Hugh Evans, CEO and co-founder of Global Citizen, said in a statement.

Speaking of activism, to attend one of the hottest festivals of the year, you’ll have to earn your admission by joining the movement at glblctzn.me/nyc2018 or downloading the Global Citizen app. Global Citizens will have four chances to win free tickets as part of the “Be the Generation to Take Action” campaign.

This is your opportunity to do good in the world and fulfill your dream of joining Jackson’s Rhythm Nation at the same time.

Lamar Dawson is a pop culture junkie and pop diva addict living in Manhattan. Follow him on everything @dirrtykingofpop.