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Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Coming to Global Citizen Live in London

Some questions can’t help but keep me up at night.

Is Kanye truly the greatest rockstar on the planet? Was the dress blue, or gold? And why do people say “the bees knees” to describe something positive, when bees don’t even have knees?

Well, Kanye obviously rules. Science tells us the dress was categorically blue. The bee thing is anybody’s guess... But the point still stands: every question demands an answer.

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So with Global Citizen Live about to arrive in London with Emeli Sandé and a squad of pop stars, rap gods, and more joining her on 17 April, there’s a few things you might want us to clear up.

What time do I need to be there?

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday 17 April. Arrive early to get the best spots! But not so early that there will be sleeping bags involved.

What time does it finish?

Approximately 10.30 p.m. But the memories will last forever.

Do I need to print out my ticket?

Yes please! Mobile tickets won't get you access to the venue, so you need to print out your ticket before you get here. 

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I need special access to the venue.

No problem. Please contact the venue as soon as you’ve processed your ticket, and they can help you out with arrangements. Call them on 0207 7873129, or email them at disabledbookings@o2academybrixton.co.uk.

What will security be like?

Unless you’re on the run, everything should be fine. But please allow extra time to go through airport-style security: your bag will be searched on all doors, and you'll be wanded (less magical than it sounds — it's just a portable metal detector). Safety is our absolute priority, and we want everyone to have a super chill evening once you’re in the room.

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How do I get there?

Tap your heels together three times and whisper “there’s no place like Brixton.”

You’d be surprised how often that works. But if your shoes are out of juice, get the tube: it’s a four-minute walk to the venue from Brixton tube stations via the Victoria Line, and a 14-minute walk from Stockwell via the Northern Line. Download the Citymapper app if you’re not from around here, it’ll help you find the quickest route and get a gauge on all that pesky traffic.

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Alternatively, there are loads of bike racks on Bellefields Road, Stockwell Road, and on the local high street. Or jump on one of these buses:

  • B (Stockwell Road) for Peckham (345), Tooting (333), Crystal Palace (322) and Norwood (2 and 196)
  • D (Brixton Road) for Marble Arch (159) Oxford Circus (109), Piccadilly (3) and King’s Cross (59)
  • E (Brixton Road) to Liverpool Street station (133) and Old Kent Road (415)
  • F (Brixton Road) for Tulse Hill (415), Mitcham and Bromley (355), Crystal Palace (3)
  • G (Brixton Road) to Streatham (59 and 159 and 133), Croydon (109) and Morden (118).
Can I drive?

Have you passed your test?

Sigh. I mean, is there parking?

There’s a teeny, tiny bit of short-term parking on Pope’s Road. But you’ve heard of climate change right? Public transport is far easier — and much nicer for the planet.

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Is there a cloakroom?

Yes, but it’s not huge. If it’s cold, bring a jacket. But hold back on the husky sledges and crampons. Travel light, avoid bags (or try to keep them small), and please leave your selfie sticks at home.

Is there anything else I can't bring?

No negative vibes. But also anything that might be considered dangerous or hazardous is banned from the event.

Prohibited items include (but are not limited to):

  • Weapons (knives, guns, pepper spray, tasers, CS gas)
  • Alcohol — you can't bring it from home, but there's a bar at the venue
  • Cans and bottles
  • Hot food
  • Bags bigger than A4 size
  • Laptops, iPads, tablets
  • Laser pens
  • Glass objects
  • Aerosols
  • Lighter fluid
  • Flags, political slogans, signs
  • Flares or fireworks 
  • Illegal substances or new psychoactive substances ("legal highs")
  • Professional recording equipment (see below)
Can I film the show?

There will be snipers on the roof ready to obliterate all smartphones. Kidding! We adore all things digital, so knock yourself out. Tweet @GlblCtznUK, tag @GlblCtzn on Instagram, and share the lot with the #GlobalCitizenLive hashtag. I’ll forward the best ones to my Mum. But please don’t bring any professional recording equipment with you. We’ll be filming the whole thing anyway.

Will there be Wi-Fi?

Yep — and it’s free! Welcome to the future!

Will there be bathrooms?

The venue has toilets. But please shower at home.

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Will there be merch?

Not at the venue — but there’s come cool stuff available from our online store.

I don't have tickets! Can I still see the show?

Fear not — we'll be live streaming the whole thing, so you won't miss a moment. Keep an eye on our social media channels to be the first to see it!

Will you be asking for any money off me?

How could you even ask? We never ask Global Citizens for cash. But we do want you to raise your voice so that governments step up and make pledges — not to us, but towards solving the world’s most challenging issues.

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I’ve just realised I’m not actually 18. Oops.

I understand. I’m not really sure what I had for breakfast. But don’t worry, so long as you’re at least 14 years old, we’d love for you to come — but you need to have an adult with you if you’re under 18.

I’m over 18! Will there be alcohol?

Lucky you! Welcome to the weird world of student loans and general elections. Yep, there will be booze available to purchase for anyone over 18 — just make sure you remember your ID so you can prove your age. Tuesday is the new Friday, after all.

Can I smoke?

Not in the venue, please.

I’ve had too much to drink. Is there food near the venu;dmkfdeanjgfohso3j32i

Lots and lots (and lots). There’s a Nando’s right outside O2 Academy Brixton, and all sorts of fast food joints, supermarkets, and restaurants in the area. Unfortunately, you can’t bring your own food inside the venue. Please get home safely!

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Ok, that was the most inspirational night of my life. What more can I do to help Global Citizen change the world?

Aww, you cutie. Don’t be a stranger — we need you to stay part of the movement if we’re going to succeed in ending extreme poverty before 2030! Share our stuff on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and take all the actions on our site. Those petitions won’t sign themselves!

Most of all, thank you for taking action. You’ve already done so much and we can’t wait to see you on the night!