Global Citizen London Live

Global Citizen London Live is happening tonight, 17th April. This free-ticketed event sees artists including Emeli Sandé, Professor Green and Naughty Boy gather together to perform at The O2 Brixton. If you’ve missed out on tickets, don’t despair – you can watch the whole event streamed live online. We caught up with Global Citizen’s Europe Director Amy Agnew to find out more about what you can expect…

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind Global Citizen London Live?
Global Citizen Live London is timed to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and celebrates the centenary year of Nelson Mandela, who famously called for an end to extreme poverty in his final public speech in Trafalgar Square. We’re here to call on Commonwealth leaders to make financial and political commitments towards ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Why is the event called Global Citizen?
Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. On our platform, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change.

How will the event make a difference to people’s lives?
Ahead of the event, Global Citizens have been taking 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. Thanks to their actions, we expect meaningful commitments on gender equality, education, global health, vision, and health and nutrition.

Can you give us a few highlights from the line up at this year’s London Live event?
We have a remarkable group of performers set to the take the stage including Emeli Sandé, Professor Green, Naughty Boy, Gabrielle Aplin, Kojo Funds, Little Simz, comedian Luisa Omielan, and spoken word artist Hussain Manawer. What’s great is that all the artists have donated their time to help make a difference for so many people around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to have their support.

Which are you most looking forward to?
You can’t make me choose! What I love about the line up is that we have such an eclectic mix of talented artists, including some amazing women who I’m a little bit in love with.

Our readers love to find out about hot new bars, restaurants and things to do in London… will you share your most recently opened favourite spot?
I have two kids and work full time so for me it’s about strong coffee from Harold and Leslie, a hair salon/coffee shop/antique shop (why not?) on the Caledonian Road; splashing around in the fountains in Granary Square Kings Cross; quality street food from Kerb; and ending the night at home with one of my husband’s legendary negronis.

Which is the London restaurant or bar you return to most often?
The Scolt Head, in De Beauvoir, Islington. Chilled, friendly vibe and insanely good food without being another boring gastropub. Or if I’m with my kids, Sweet Thursday, also in De Beauvoir, for the best pizza in London.

Find out more about tonight’s event on the Global Citizen website, including these eight reasons why you should stream the event live at home this evening.