Crowded House, Charlie Puth, Ziggy Ramo & More Announced For Global Citizen NOW: Melbourne

21 February 2024 | 11:57 am | Ellie Robinson

The two-day program is focused on “driving decisive action to end extreme poverty across the region and the world”.

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Global Citizen has announced the inaugural Global Citizen NOW summit in Melbourne, featuring a headlining performance from Crowded House and appearances from the likes of Charlie Puth, Ziggy Ramo, Nooky and Hugh Jackman.

The program will run over March 4-6 at the CENTREPIECE venue in Melbourne Park. It’ll host more than 300 world leaders, artists, advocates, journalists, influencers, policy experts and other influential figures, hosting speaking sessions to “drive action on the climate crisis, gender inequity, innovations in health systems and fighting food insecurity”.

The summit as a whole will culminate with the free Global Citizen Nights concert at the Palais Theatre in St. Kilda, with Crowded House leading the bill (the rest of the lineup is yet to be announced). The event, it’s said, will “honour the stories of young trailblazers from across the Asia-Pacific region who are profoundly impacting their local communities in the areas of climate action, gender equity and more”. Tickets to the show will be distributed through a ballot, which you’ll need to earn your access into – head here for more info.

In a press statement, Crowded House frontman Neil Finn said of the occasion: “We are delighted to be providing a closing performance for Global Citizen, who are bringing together talented and passionate young advocates and innovators to help solve the most urgent problems facing all of us... equity and climate. Who knows from what distant corners brilliant ideas might come from. Young people's amazing potential is sometimes hidden from view. We want to be there to help bring it into the light."

Expounding on the ethos driving the event, Global Citizen said in a statement of its own: “We're thrilled to bring Global Citizen back to Australia for the first ever international edition of Global Citizen NOW, where young innovators will take their place alongside leaders in policy, culture, philanthropy and business to drive impactful, sustainable change and address the global challenges shaping tomorrow.

“The Asia-Pacific region sits at the epicentre of some of the world's most pressing issues; but young people are not the passive inheritors of these challenges – they are powerful innovators playing a vital role in solving them, with much to teach the rest of the world. We look forward to a dynamic few days that will shift the future of the region.”

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Head here to register your interest for the 2024 Global Citizen NOW summit in Melbourne.