28 September 2019 – Global Citizen Festival 2019 – Central Park, New York
The Global Citizen Festival is back in Central Park ! From big names are expected this year : Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R. and Carole King. I did not dare to return after the events of last year, but the presence of Alicia Keys made me change my mind. I will never forget the panic that has engulfed the park a few minutes before the arrival of Janet Jackson and the difficulties that we had to return the next website (➡ Global Citizen Festival 2018). Hopefully this edition is a little quieter 🤞
The entry is much faster than last year. We have less than an hour to enter the site and, at 16 o'clock, we are located a few meters from the scene. Two speakers are welcome us : Charles Schumer one of state senators from New York and Bill de Blasio, the mayor of the town, which is the passage boo. A count is triggered announcing the official launch of the festival to 17H, and Hugh Jackman arrives to present the course of the event 😊.
I'll move pretty quickly on most of the artists to focus on me Alicia Keys and Pharrell. I did not stay for Queen and Adam Lambert. Having never been a fan of the group, let alone the new composition, I prefer to let you enjoy yourself their performance through video at the end of the article.
First artist of the day : the rapper French Montana. It is the antithesis of what I like musically : so this is not a good start for me 😒. then we see scroll stakeholders : usually politicians or show business. And it is precisely the pretty Anna Kendrick (« Pitch Perfect ») announcing the performance of one of his playmates, Ben Platt, currently the poster of the musical Dear Evan Hansel.
The guy impresses me 😮 He gives all : the voice, energy, and also the soul, sometimes lacking sorely American artists. I invite you to discover « Rain » whose video is available on YouTube by clicking right here : « Rain ». Serious things then start with performance One Republic. The group interprets course « Apologize » amid new songs, and is surprisingly recovery « Halo » Beyoncé. I found their set quite entertaining, I could totally go see them live if I have the opportunity !
After some others, it is Carole King makes his entrance on stage. So Carole King, you need to situate. She songwriter interpreter, she soon 80 and she has written tons of American standards, like "The Loco-Motion" you probably know. This is a huge icon in the US ! It even has a musical in his honor on Broadway ! Bah, Carole King, it's very long and it's not necessarily my cam either. suddenly, as I began to feel very thirsty, I take this opportunity to make a return trip to the bar which allows me to return in time for the final title, a duet with Kelly Clarkson.
It was then the turn of H.E.R. take the stage at the Global Citizen Festival. I have the impression of having seen a thousand times ! It is all festivals, she also the first part of the Chris Brown & rsquo; last year. This is not my cam either, but I understand the delirium. She ended her set by a recovery « Earth Song » de Michael Jackson, which does not displease me. The next speaker announces the group of K-pop NCT 127 and this is hysteria in Central Park 😂 For thirty, I can tell you that feels like the culmination of years 90, when boy bands ruled the world of music ! The playback to kitsch choreographies : everything is there ! Want an excerpt ? Here is a : « Highway to Heaven ». What is funny, is that once their service terminated, a wave, what did I say ? A young teenage tsunami takes the direction of the exit, their thirst for music is now sated 😇.
Are you ready for later ? Because one finally enters the heart of the matter. Presented by Taraji P. Henson, Alicia Keys made a splash on « Girl on Fire ». She wears a simple black outfit, enhanced by a huge hat. She has a great attitude fierce 😍 I'm so glad to see her on stage. She joined her piano « Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart » : I love this song and I did not think she was going to sing tonight ! The audience knows the words by heart : I'm so jealous of the Americans in these cases 😅. On the screens : lightning surging. There is a real work around this provision. It's nice to see !
It then interprets his new single « Show Me Love ». I expect the surprise appearance of Miguel, with whom she duets, but unfortunately it n & rsquo; not happen. I have a broken heart 💔 The song did not really take off, and that's a shame : I hope a little more removed Album ! She then invited H.E.R. to join her on stage to perform a cover of « Dream on » d’Aerosmith ! It's really powerful ✊. For me, this is one of the evening's highlights, despite the fact that I do not like H.E.R. You can find the video I made at the end of the & rsquo; Article, but the official will probably caught over mouth, then quickly click here : « Dream On ».
After a short speech on how we can be strong if we are together, she goes on the classic « If I Ain’t Got You » that stirs the crowd emotion ❤. But not as much as medley « New York State of Mind » Billy Joel / « Empire State of Mind ». The video and available in full at the end of the article. It's absolutely crazy to hear this song in the very heart of the city to which it is dedicated. I must confess that the sentence « These streets will make you feel brand new » has a different meaning for me today. She finished the set on my favorite title « No One ». It's magical to hear echoed by 60 000 people. I am again : this chick is perfect 😍.
Setlist : Girl on Fire / Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart / « Show Me Love / Dream On (duet with H.E.R.) / If I Ain’t Got You / New York State of Mind / Empire State of Mind / No One
The interventions had more and longer, but a nice surprise animates the evening : Leonardo Dicaprio. I had never imagined seeing in real life, but I must admit that it makes me a little something 😚. It looks good, he speaks well, it's nice to the & rsquo; have here. It is closely followed by drummer Metallica, Lars Ulrich, just announce the group's participation in the edition of next year and above : the imminent arrival of Pharrell. So Pharrell, we do not know too what it takes. His set is stealth : 3 parts.
Scheduled as headliner, I imagined he would at least stay on stage 30-45 minutes like Alicia Keys, but no ... He is accompanied by a group of dancers and interpreter 3 songs : « Freedom », « Letter To My Godfather » and « Happy ». It is equal to itself and the atmosphere is really good. Too bad because it really stops in a snap. As people behind us begin to fight on « Happy », we say that this is the right time to leave. After Pharrell are expected Queen and Adam Lambert, but as I have explained to you from, this is not really our thing and even curiosity, we did not really want to stay. So we take the way out, pretty happy this day !
Setlist : Freedom / Letter To My Godfather / Happy
I had little doubt about it, but the & rsquo; event is a lot better than last year. I found the organization and smoother running. What I rather regret, this is the line-up. The previous edition was still much more interesting ... and then to meet up with the final 35 minutes d’Alicia Keys et 15 Pharrell minutes… 🤨 Is it really worth it ? J & rsquo; I want to say yes because I still had a great day. I had good surprises including the Presta Ben Platt, the duet between Alicia Keys and H.E.R. and the arrival of Leonardo Dicaprio ! I know, I know, me it takes a little 😜.
The line-up for next year seems a little more guts, I'll try to be ! Waiting, I leave you with some pictures and videos of the concert, even if they are not worth the official uptake ! Moreover, You can see everything here : Global Citizen Festival 2019. On the YouTube channel of the event, you can also search for performance cut song by song, which in my opinion is much easier.
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