Beats & Bytes: Global Citizen Fest

In Beats + Bytes by Matt Voyno


What a weekend!

Global Citizen Festival was the most fun I’ve had all month. Doing good feels good!

The Global Citizen Festival is so unique because it combines actionable social good and festival culture. It’s well done and shows the power of music, social good and social media. In between each set there are moments that connect the messaging. Normally one can’t even get tickets to this event unless you are taking social actions. And the impressions, although not related yet, are massive. Everything is quality including the merch which was so good that I went back to pick up a hoodie. I’m a fan of culture but that’s rare for me.

This is the 5th year of the festival and it’s exciting to see it scale to new continents and cities. The next one in India looks amazing as well. The most inspiring part of it is that it’s all for charity. Activating a community and bringing people together who are about making a change and standing for social good. How could you not want to support this organization? Global Citizen Fest’s impact continues to be bigger and better each year and I know they are planning more massive things to come. This should be a 365 day a year initiative with more events, tours and calls to action. Music is the vehicle that is helping this organization change the world and you feel that to the core with this movement.

On top of that, New York’s Global Citizen Festival is smack in the middle of one of my happy places (the Great Lawn in Central Park) with the best VIP section out of any festival. There is no other place that brings together such an influential crowd of rockstars, socialites, politicians and dignitaries. Every year the event is billed with major musical headlining talent. The musicians act as a platform to activate and call to action millions of individuals world wide via social media, television and in person all for a great purpose. The music plays such a powerful force in making this all come to life.

Although there were many great moments, my favorite was watching Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder do a combined set that was one of a kind and playful. I got to pal around with them both at the after party at Tavern on The Green too. Eddie Vedder and my girlfriend telling bad jokes on and off all night. What a night! 🙂

Well one last final weekend of festivals to go in 2016 in NYC. This weekend there is a double headed blockbuster festival premiere with both the first annual Meadows and NYC Roots Picnic launch. Grand opening for these two new festivals and grand closing to the NYC 2016 festival season all in one shebang. Not to mention, this week is the NYMF and Advertising Week.

Pace yourself my friends, October 1st officially starts the 4th quarter and then there is only one thing left to do this year…Win The Whole F*cking Thing!

– @JesseKay


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