Jung Kook Joins Global Citizen Festival Lineup

Jung Kook of BTS will make his solo debut on the Global Citizen Festival stage for the 2023 iteration, joining a lineup that also includes previously announced headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lauryn Hill, Anitta, Megan Thee Stallion, Stray Kids, Conan Gray and more.

Taking place in New York City’s Central Park on Sept. 23, the Global Citizen Festival is a free, ticketed event that will be broadcast live and is driving urgent action to end extreme poverty by calling on world leaders to address the issue along with climate crisis and equity for women and girls.

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In a statement, Jung Kook said: “I’m so thrilled to join this year’s Global Citizen Festival as a headliner! The festival sheds light on important causes and drives action and I’m happy to take part in it. I can’t wait to perform in front of many people at the Great Lawn in Central Park.”

Jung Kook previously performed for the international advocacy organization’s festival in 2021 as a part of BTS, also sharing the stage with Coldplay. His participation also comes on the heels of his first solo single outside of BTS, “Seven (feat. Latto)” which debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Also on the bill this year are DJ D-Nice and singer-actor Sofia Carson. Additional celebrities set to participate in this year’s campaign include Busy Philipps, Bill Nye, Carmelo Anthony, Common, Gayle King, Jordan Fisher and Sophia Bush, among a long list of others.

Tickets to the show are free but require joining Global Citizen’s advocacy campaign (see more information here). Anne Beathe Tvinnereim, the Norwegian minister of international development, said: “Extreme poverty, hunger and food insecurity threaten lives and health. The call for action is crystal clear: We need to increase investments in climate-robust, small-scale food production. Growth in agriculture is the most efficient way to create jobs, fight poverty and combat hunger. The Global Citizen Festival is important to mobilize more people and more investments in reaching the world’s Common Goals – our Sustainable Development Goals.”

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