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Kings of Leon to Perform at 2013 Global Citizen Festival in NYC

Image courtesy of RCA Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of RCA Records (via ABC News Radio)

Last year, New York City's Central Park hosted the Global Citizen Festival, an event intended to raise awareness of global poverty and featuring sets by Foo Fighters , The Black Keys and Neil Young .  Now, Kings of Leon have signed on to participate in this year's edition of the event, which returns to Central Park on September 28. Other bands set to take the stage at the upcoming event include Alicia Keys , John Mayer and Stevie Wonder .

Global Poverty Project founder Hugh Evans , who’s organizing the festival, tells ABC News Radio, “We've got four incredible headliners that are going to be bringing not just incredible music, but their passion to see an end to extreme poverty.”

He teases that there may be a few surprise appearances by other artists, too.

Evans hopes that some world leaders will participate in the festival, which is also focusing on global education. He says, “Our goal is that world leaders will actually come up on stage and actually make real commitments in support of the Global Partnership for Education, on stage at that festival, so that global citizens can see the cause and effect of their work.”

Much like last year, people will be eligible to obtain free tickets by getting involved in various social causes through GlobalCitizen.org .

The 2012 Global Citizen Festival drew a crowd of more than 60,000.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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