By APB Staff Writer
September 2016: New York City: It may be the closest that New York City will ever get to Woodstock ‘69 or San Francisco’s Summer of Love!
On Saturday, September 24, 2016, an estimated 60,000 peaceful and socially minded music fans made the pilgrimage to Central Park’s Great Lawn to participate in the fifth annual Global Citizen Festival Concert. The concert series, which was established in 2012 by rock musician Chris Martin of Coldplay, is a continuing effort to raise awareness to end extreme poverty by the year 2030 as proposed by the United Nations Sustainable Goals.
The NYPD had a heavy presence from all sides of the park and from the air keeping a close eye on the festival goers as well as the stage.
Music fans from diverse cultures assembled without incident under the close watch of New York City Police. Attendees, which included parents and their children, spoke fervently of their dedication to social causes and the power of organization to enact change to alleviate the suffering associated with issues ranging from gender inequality to lack of clean water and medical care.
Among the music legends who performed included: Yusef Cat Stevens and Eddie Vedder, Metallica, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Chris Martin, and Ellie Goulding.
The event was broadcast live on and streamed live to millions of music fans worldwide. Several activists and celebrities spoke to the masses between music acts, including Chelsea Handler and Neil Patrick Harris – who was caught taking selfies on stage.
Among the dignitaries in attendance included Erna Solberg, The Prime Minister of Norway, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and New York Senator Chuck Schumer.