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Hugh Jackman, Stephen Colbert host Global Citizen Festival

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Karen Butler
Australian actor Hugh Jackman attends the world premiere of Pan at Odeon Leicester Square in London on Sept. 20, 2015. Photo by Paul Treadway/UPI
 Jackman helped host the Global Citizen Festival in New York Saturday.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman attends the world premiere of "Pan" at Odeon Leicester Square in London on Sept. 20, 2015. Photo by Paul Treadway/UPI Jackman helped host the Global Citizen Festival in New York Saturday. | License Photo

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- More than 60,000 fans attended Saturday's Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park.

Orchestrated to coincide with the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, the star-studded show was hosted by Hugh Jackman and Stephen Colbert, and featured performances by Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, Sting, Common and Coldplay, the New York Daily News reported.

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Among the speakers were Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Vice President Joe Biden and U2's Bono. First lady Michelle Obama appeared via video.

The event was created to galvanize people to help eradicate worldwide poverty by 2030. To obtain tickets, attendees of the concert were required to volunteer their time towards realizing this effort.

Colbert took the stage wearing a gigantic, trench coat that seemed to give him some extra height. When he unbuttoned it, it was revealed that he had ridden in on Jackman's shoulders, People magazine said.

MSNBC aired the concert live and NBC will run a one-hour, highlights special Monday.

"This is a very, very important year with Global Goals," Jackman told UPI in New York Thursday. "I can't think of a cause more important."

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