(UPDATE 9/25/15) Pope Francis isn’t the only high-profile figure captivating New York this week. The fourth annual Global Citizen Festival will hit Central Park this Saturday, bringing with it performances by A-listers like Beyoncé, Coldplay and Pearl Jam. And while those lucky enough to receive tickets by participating in proactive steps on globalcitizenfestival.com will be taking in the sights and sounds of music’s elite, a strong demand for tickets also exists on the secondary market.
According to TicketIQ the average price for 2015 Global Citizen Festival tickets is $312.18. That marks a 153% increase from last year’s average of $123.26. If planning on just getting in, the cheapest ticket for the show is currently listed for $100.
Fans who received tickets were asked to take an “Action Journey” on the festival’s main website, which included making phone calls, signing petitions and raising general awareness on global poverty. Those who still hope to make it out to Central Park’s Great Lawn on Saturday will be paying big to attend, as the festival is slated to be one of the biggest events in New York City this year.
2014’s festival featured performances from Jay Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, The Roots, Alicia Keys and Tiesto. This year is expected to be even bigger, with Ed Sheeran rounding out the bill and Stephen Colbert, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde among the slew of celebrities hosting the day-long affair.
Global Citizen Festival VIP Tickets Now On Sale
Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay will take over Central Park in September as part of the Global Citizen Festival. Previous performers for the festival that aims to raise awareness of the United Nations’ measures to fight inequality, protect the earth and end extreme poverty in the next 15 years, have been Neil Young, Foo Fighters, the Black Keys and Sting.
This year’s Global Life Festival will take place on September 26 at the Great Lawn in Central Park. Tickets for the event can be free for those who visit Global Citizen’s website and perform “action journeys” throughout the summer. There are five listed on the website, and one has been released this far. The dates for the release of the “action journeys” are July 9, July 29, August 13, August 27 and September 16.
The first action journey includes eight tasks which include tweeting, signing petitions, emailing and calling about various social issues. All eight actions must be completed before a person can enter to win the tickets, with 4,000 winners being selected in the first drawing. Entries for the first journey will close on July 28, a day before the second starts.
VIP tickets for the event will go on sale Friday morning, with prices ranging from $150-$175. These are also general admission tickets, but in reserved sections closer to the stage.
While the main general admission tickets can be claimed for free through the action journeys, Global Citizens tickets have started to pop up on the secondary market. The current average price for those is $576.43 with a get-in price of $201 over a limited amount of tickets. That get-in price, however, is still 14.8% above the price of the most expensive VIP tickets at face value.