What do Beyonce, Florence Welch, Rita Ora and Haim have in common? Answer: they’re all headlining Twickenham Stadium on one very special night.
On the first of June, Chime For Change – a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci – is scheduling the mother of all concerts. Introducing: The Sound of Change Live, a globally televised concert at London’s Twickenham Stadium that features Queen Bey herself as the headliner.
There’s a whole cast of other talented ladies on the bill too: Florence and the Machine, Haim, Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea and Ellie Goulding will all be performing. Oh, and John Legend and Timbaland. They’re not ladies, but you knew that already.
“Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible,” Beyonce has said about the project. “I am excited for us to come together on June 1st to bring the issues of education, health and justice for girls and women to the world stage.”
Gucci is the founder of Chime For Change, a charity organisation that campaigns for girls’ and women’s empowerment all over the world – whether that means funding scholarships for girls from developing countries or fighting female genital mutilation in Mali. According to Gucci creative director Frida Giannini, women have reached a turning point in history and “now is the time for change”. In fact, as part of their outreach, Gucci is underwriting the whole concert so that all ticket sales will go towards Chime For Change-supported projects.
Tickets for the concert will be available through the campaign website, www.chimeforchange.org, and via Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.co.uk or +44 (0) 844-847-1693), beginning at 9am GMT on Wednesday 27 March. You’ll also have the chance to donate the value of your ticket to a nonprofit of your choice.