6 incredible moments from Global Citizen Live in London!

London literally lights up in honor of Citizen of the World Liveon September 25, with the iconic London Eye becoming a citizen of the world shade of red for the occasion.

Lights also shone from the Sky Garden – a stunning spot atop one of London’s most unusual skyscrapers right in the city center where musical icons Kylie Minogue, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers and Chic took to the stage for spectacular shows. performances.

The London show, presented at the Sky Garden by Roman Kemp, was part of a 24-hour global event bringing together more than 100 world leaders, activists and artists from seven continents in a campaign to defend the planet and defeat the poverty.

Citizen of the World Live was scheduled ahead of the G20 summit in October and the major UN climate conference COP26 in November, to pressure world leaders to take action and make financial commitments that will lead to change.

For UK viewers, the show was accompanied by excellent coverage on BBC One and Two which ran all evening from 5.30pm to 3am (with a quick break for Strictly Come Dancing in the middle) and was hosted by Ade Adepitan, Emma Willis and Edith Bowman with a series of guests including climatologists, hunger activists and even Michael Sheen.

There were almost too many amazing moments to count, but below are a few of our favorites. And if you missed some of it, fear not: most of the show will stay on BBC iPlayer for 30 days, as well as on Global Citizen’s YouTube channel, with a flagship program airing on BBC One Sunday still available. to watch. which features all the best songs from the festival.

1. Duran Duran

New-wave rockers Duran Duran took to the stage, watching the entire role with synth maestro Nick Rhodes in a red (Global Citizen red!) Costume.

The Birmingham band opened their set with a new song called “Anniversary” from their upcoming album, Future Past. They followed that up with their classic 1993 hit “Ordinary World” – a huge crowd pleaser.

Duran Duran is a big supporter of Global Citizen’s mission to defend the planet and overcome poverty, with frontman Simon Le Bon speaking to ITV earlier this week on how since their performance at Live Aid in 1985 they believe that music has the power to change the world.

Duran Duran | Photo credit: James Sharrock

Duran Duran |  Photo credit: James Sharrock

Duran Duran | Photo credit: James Sharrock

Duran Duran |  Photo credit: James Sharrock

Duran Duran | Photo credit: James Sharrock

2. Adé Adépitan

Ade Adepitan was one of the hosts of Global Citizen Live’s The BBC’s coverage and commentary really helped contextualize the issues, from vaccine inequality to the climate crisis, that the event sought to act on.

Adepitan spoke with BBC science editor David Shukman about pledges of action from various world leaders to defend the planet, helping to provide insight into commitments that still need to be made for the next summit of United Nations on the climate, COP26 in Glasgow, a success.

He also chatted with actor Michael Sheen, who spoke passionately about the need to end global poverty. Sheen concluded his interview by stressing that “ending poverty is not charity, it is justice”, quoting Nelson Mandela.

3. Kylie Minogue

The one and only Kylie Minogue performed at Sky Garden, serving us a reworked version of her hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” for the song’s 20th (!) Anniversary earlier in September.

Minogue’s performance was unsurprisingly fantastic (and incidentally, she also won the Very Scientific Award from Global Citizen UK Twitter poll on who people were most excited to watch) and really brought the party atmosphere.

On stage Minogue talked to Kemp about the power that music has to make a difference. “You don’t have to understand it, you feel it… It reaches all of us in one way or another and wraps its arms around us,” she said.

Kylie Minogue at Global Citizen Live |  Getty

Kylie Minogue at Global Citizen Live | Getty

Kylie Minogue at Global Citizen Live |  Getty

Kylie Minogue at Global Citizen Live | Getty

Kylie Minogue at Global Citizen Live |  Getty

Kylie Minogue at Global Citizen Live | Getty

4. Nile Rogers and chic

Legendary guitarist, producer and songwriter Nile Rodgers has raised the roof with his band Chic at Sky Garden.

The group performed everyone’s favorite funky classics like “The Freak” and “Good Times” as well as Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” (which Rodgers wrote alongside Bernard Edwards).

Rodgers was also integral to a really special moment earlier in the day when he launched a worldwide song of “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley.

He started singing in London, before being joined by Nigerian artists Femi and Made Kuti in Lagos, and Angélique Kidjo in Paris. Then singers Jon Batiste, Chris Martin, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter in New York; Delta Goodrem in Sydney; Adam Lambert in Los Angeles; Ryan Tedder of One Republic in Los Angeles; Black Eyed Peas in Paris; and Anil Kapoor in Mumbai also joined us.

Nile Rodgers and Chic |  Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers and Chic | Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers and Chic |  Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers and Chic | Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers talks to Roman Kemp at Sky Garden |  Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers talks to Roman Kemp at Sky Garden | Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers and Chic |  Photo credit: James Sharrock

Nile Rodgers and Chic | Photo credit: James Sharrock

5. Edith Bowman and Emma Willis discuss their favorite songs

The two BBC studio presenters held on after 3 a.m. to discuss all of their favorite acts of the night and help signal the dizzying array of events across the globe for viewers at home.

The longtime Bowman Radio DJ had some fascinating ideas to share about the musical influences and interesting life stories of many artists who have also performed. For example, she spoke of singer Lizzo’s classical training as a flautist and her difficult year sleeping in her car before she rose to fame, before describing the singer as a “breath of fresh air”.

The enthusiastic comments and insight from the host were the perfect accompaniment for the night.

6. London lights up red

The London section of Citizen of the World Live definitely packed a punch and part of that was the fantastic setting in the Sky Garden with the city skyline all around.

We were especially proud to see the London Eye Ferris Wheel become a large red Global Citizen “O” logo and the iconic BT Tower announce the event and tuning details on its wraparound digital display. Go London!

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