American politician and climate advocate Al Gore and his Happy friend Pharrell Williams have announced they will be hosting (and in Williams’ case, creative directing) a series of Live Earth concerts around the globe this year – including one in Australia.
Eight years after the inaugural event spread environmental awareness and brought climate change to the fore, Gore and co-founder Kevin Wall will bring back the event in the lead-up to the UN climate change conference in Paris this year.
Over 100 artists are tipped to perform at seven concerts, each lasting four to six hours, in New York, Johannesburg, Sydney, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Paris and Antarctica, to complete a total 24 hour worldwide festival.
Whilst no artists have yet been announced, the 2008 event boasted the likes of Metallica, Kanye West, The Police, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Madonna, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Spinal Tap, Crowded House, Jack Johnson, Wolfmother, Paul Kelly and Rihanna.
Sydney will host the event on June 18. More information and artists to be announced.