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Global Citizen 2021: where and how to watch online and TV

The music event is being hosted across six continents with dozens of acts, but you don't need to get a plane to Nigeria to watch it.

Tiwa Savage performs onstage at Global Citizen Live, Lagos on September 18, 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Andrew EsieboGetty Images for Global Citizen

How you can watch it

You’ll be able to watch Global Citizen in prime time on ABC beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. If you already have a cable TV package, then there is nothing extra you need to do.

However, there are other methods to watch the show.

Buying a digital TV antenna on Amazon here will give you access to basic cable channels, including ABC, without a monthly bill.

Fans can also watch Global Citizen Live online, as the show is available to stream free with a Hulu + Live TV subscription. The streaming service is currently offering a 30-day free trial which you can use to watch Global Citizen Live online free.

fuboTV or SlingTV will give you access to ABC as well, allowing you to watch Global Citizen Live on TV or stream Global Citizen Live from your laptop, tablet or phone. Even tho you pay a monthly fee, it is possible to get the first month free at sign up.

If you have a Roku-compatible device you can watch the Global Citizen Live performances for free via The Roku Channel. The Roku Channel offers free programming, including 24/7 live news from ABC News, which will be airing the Global Citizen event.

Who is performing?

The list is extensive due to the breadth of places being performed in.

Some of the stand-out stars include huge K-pop band BTS performing in Seoul, as well as Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany. Duran Duran are playing in London, while fellow Brits Elton John and Ed Sheeran are in Paris.

What is the Global Citizen event?

It is organized by the United Nations, Global Citzen has three main issues to tackle:

  1. Stop the hunger crisis
  2. End the pandemic
  3. Protect the planet

It aims to end extreme poverty in the world by 2030. Ahead of the G20 summit and the Glasgow climate conference, the Global Citizen campaign is also wanting big economies to share 1 billion doses of the covid-19 vaccine with the developing world. Some 4% of Africans have had one jab, while the United States alone has 55% of people fully vaccinated with two jabs.


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