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Global Citizen Concert in Central Park

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Thousands of concertgoers listened to some of music's top artists for the Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn of Central Park Saturday afternoon. 

The advocacy concert, performed on the Great Lawn at the 86th Street Transverse between CPW and Fifth Avenue, urged leaders and fellow citizens to do more to help end extreme poverty and celebrate the progress that has been made in the effort.

This advocacy concert will celebrate the progress already made in fighting extreme poverty, secure financial commitments for tackling extreme poverty and disease, and mobilize thousands of ambassadors for change. We'll unite around a simple yet powerful idea: that by giving every child a chance to thrive, our generation can end extreme poverty. 

The Global Citizen Festival will be the largest syndicated charity concert in online and broadcast television history. 

Some of the featured performers were Neil Young with Crazy Horse, the Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horse and K'Naan for the free concert.

The concert was scheduled around the meeting of the U.N. General Assembly this week and organizers used an innovative approach to ticket distribution so that many concertgoers were forced to learn about an array of global problems, such as polio, malaria, child mortality, and polluted drinking water, in order to get a ticket.

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