Global Citizen Live London FAQs

Our international stages have been graced by some of the biggest stars in music and performance, and now Global Citizen is hosting a night in London.

On April 17, we’ll be bringing together top musical guests, poets, comedians, activists, and global dignitaries, to coincide with the arrival of world leaders in London for the Commonwealth Summit.

We know we’re pretty new on the London scene, so here’s everything you ever wanted to know — but didn’t realise it — about Global Citizen, the Commonwealth, and Global Citizen Live London.

Countdown to Global Citizen Live!

On the night:

When should I arrive?

Doors open at 6pm so make sure you get there early to get a good spot as it is a standing room.

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.

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’s security going to 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.

How do I get to the venue?

You can get to the venue by tube, bus, bike, or by car. More details on all of these below:

Tube

Take the Victoria Line to Brixton, and it’s a 4-minute walk from there. Or you can take the Northern Line to Stockwell, and it’s a 14-minute walk from there.

Bus

The following bus stops are available nearby:

  • 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).

Bike

There are plenty of bike racks nearby, including Bellefields Road, Stockwell Road, and on the local high street. Find more information on self-service bike hire stations at TfL.

Parking and by Car

Public transport is by far the easiest way to get to the venue, but if you are driving there’s a short-term car park in nearby Pope’s Road.

What should I bring?

Your ticket. It doesn’t have to be printed out, just on your phone is fine too.

Is there anything 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)

Will there be alcohol?

Yes, there will be alcohol for sale so if you’re going to want to buy, please make sure you bring your ID.

Will there be a cloakroom?

Yes, but please try to travel light as cloakroom facilities will be limited. If you really need to bring a bag, please make sure that it is small (laptop size or small handbag).

The event

What’s the Commonwealth?

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 different countries. It’s one of the world’s oldest political association of states, with its roots going back to the British Empire. But the Commonwealth as we know it today came into being in 1949 and, since then, more independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific have joined too.

Over 2.4 billion people live in Commonwealth countries — and around 60% of them are under 30. That means it has a huge amount of potential to shape the future and, most importantly for us, it has the potential to be a leading voice in achieving the UN’s Global Goals, and ending extreme poverty.

It’s also important because it’s comprised of some of the richest and poorest countries in the world, from the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, to Malawi (where 70.91% of the population live on less than $1.90 per day). Member nations also include Nigeria, South Africa, India, and Tanzania — some of the biggest and fastest growing developing economies worldwide.

This blend of developing and developed economies makes the Commonwealth a unique forum for bringing about progress towards the Global Goals, particularly Goal 1: the end of extreme poverty. Every two years, member countries meet to discuss issues affecting the Commonwealth and wider world.

Why this year?

The leaders of the Commonwealth come together every two years to find solutions to some of the biggest problems affecting the Commonwealth and the wider world. And, this year, they’re meeting in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — a.k.a. CHOGM. Not a catchy name admittedly but trust us, this is a big deal.

It means all of the heads of government from all of the Commonwealth nations are coming to our capital city. And it’s an amazing chance for us help get our voices heard — to make sure that the Commonwealth leaders prioritise what we care about.

What’s Nelson Mandela got to do with it?

In his last speech in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2005, Nelson Mandela expressed his belief that we could be the generation to end extreme poverty.

“Millions of people in the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains,” he told the 20,000-strong crowd. “They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.”

Now, in the year that marks the centennial of Mandela’s birth, world leaders are returning to city where he made his iconic final speech — and they have the chance to help do just that.

Global Citizens around the world are raising their voices on issues like gender equality, education, nutrition, and preventable diseases, to help achieve Mandela’s dream and celebrate his legacy, as part of our “Be the Generation” campaign.

Who’s performing?

We’ve got such a treat of a lineup for you, including Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, Professor Green, and Gabrielle Aplin. Find out all about these stars here.

Sounds amazing — how do I get tickets?

First up, you create an account with Global Citizen. Click here to sign up to start lending your voice to our campaigning. There, you’ll find lots of actions that you can take — like signing petitions, and sending tweets — on nutrition, gender equality, preventable diseases, and education. All you have to do, is take the actions.

And then what?

Then, you enter the ticket draw. Once you’ve completed all our actions, you just have to go back to the main action journey page and confirm your entry.

Then keep your fingers crossed that you’re one of our lucky winners, who will each pick up a pair of tickets to the event on April 17, at O2 Academy Brixton.

Are you going to ask me for my money at the event?

Absolutely not. We’re all about campaigning, and giving members of the public ways to raise their voice to urge world leaders to make pledges — rather than fundraising directly from the public.

So far, thanks to more than 13 million actions taken by global citizens around the world, we’ve seen commitments from world leaders amounting to $35 billion — set to affect the lives of over 1.75 billion people by 2030.

How old to I have to be?

You have to be 18 to enter the draw for tickets, but guests can attend without a parent as long as they are 14 or older.

What are the arrangements for special access?

If you’ve won a ticket and require any special access for you or your carer, you should call the venue as soon as possible after you’ve processed your free ticket.

If you who require special access and wish to buy VIP tickets, you should contact the venue to purchase and arrange any special access or carer tickets.

The phone number for the venue is 0207 7873129, or email is disabledbookings@o2academybrixton.co.uk.

Winning tickets

How will I find out if I’ve won tickets?

We’ve got three ticket draws taking place, and you’ll find out within 24 hours of the draw taking place — so either March 22, April 6, or April 13. Watch your inbox, and make sure to add Global Citizen to your contact list so we don't end up in spam. 

We’ll be giving out 1,250 pairs of tickets — so you’ve got loads of chances to win!

Taking action

And what will I be taking action on?

We campaign in support of the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development — l17 goals which together will end extreme poverty by 2030. 

In the run-up to the Commonwealth Summit, hosted in London in April, we're specifically highlighting four issues that we believe 100% have got to be addressed by the Commonwealth leaders — gender equality, education access, nutrition, and preventable diseases, such as polio, malaria, and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

By joining us and taking action on these issues in the lead up to the Commonwealth Summit, we believe we can realise a world free from poverty.

What is Global Citizen?

What are you trying to achieve?

As global citizens, we stand against the greatest injustice of our time: extreme poverty. We’re fighting because we know that a world that deprives hundreds of millions of people of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust, and unacceptable.

We global citizens unite around the world, and amplify our collective voice, working together to learn more and take action on issues that perpetuate extreme poverty.

But does taking action really make a difference?

Put simply, yes it really does. Through millions of actions, from signing petitions to sending tweets, making calls to writing emails, and attending rallies to volunteering, global citizens around the world are already driving change.

Since 2012, global citizens have taken more than 13 million actions, and our campaigns — comprising grassroots actions, high-level advocacy, world-class events, media coverage, and partnerships with influencers, businesses, and nonprofits — have resulted in financial and policy commitments set to affect more than 1.75 billion lives by 2030.

What else has Global Citizen done in the UK?

In 2017 alone, we’ve achieved a lot together in the UK: for health, justice, and UK aid.

For example, global citizens in the UK took over 480,000 actions calling on the government to step up efforts to combat polio. And it worked. The UK government listened and committed £100 million worth of new funding — that’s enough to immunise 45 million children every year until 2020.

Polio’s a big issue for us, because we’re so, so close to eradicating it completely. Since 1990, around the world, we’ve already eradicated 99.9% of polio cases — and now we just need one final push to cut out that 0.1% and stamp out polio for good.

Put we’ve also been busy helping you take action across all eight of our main issue areas: Girls & Women, Food & Hunger, Education, Health, Water & Sanitation, Environment, Finance & Innovation, and Citizenship.

Here’s a handy video to talk to you what else we achieved together in 2017.