Ever since the Live Aid concerts broadcast images of the Ethiopian famine to 1.9 billion people, musicians have rallied together at times of crisis to raise money and awareness for worthy causes. But what’s a campaign to do when its audience and musicians are all stuck at home? Do it all online, of course. The Global Citizen movement, which campaigns against poverty worldwide, has lined up an eye-wateringly impressive line-up of global stars to appear in a live-streamed show on Saturday April 18.
The show, called ‘One World: Together at Home’, will feature appearances by musical titans Elton John, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, plus a few of the brightest lights on today’s music scene – Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Burna Boy and more. John Legend and Chris Martin, who have already played #TogetherAtHome piano performances via Instagram, will also appear.
There’ll also be dial-ins from alt-rock royalty Alanis Morissette, Eddie Vedder and Billie Joe Armstrong, plus country musicians Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves, tenor Andrea Bocelli and celebs such as David Beckham, Shah Rukh Khan and Kerry Washington. The show has apparently been ‘curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga’, so presumably the Mother Monster will also be putting in an appearance or two…
You can tune in via a huge number of local broadcasters and social networks – check out the Global Citizen website for more details, and check back soon for timings.
All the organisation wants you to do in return is to pledge that you’ll stay safe at home to reduce the spread of the virus. That’s right: this may be the first ever star-studded charity concert that wants you to literally do nothing. Embrace it and tune in on April 18.
In the meantime, here are loads more great live-streaming concerts and DJ sets you can enjoy from home.