By now, everyone knows that in a matter of days, Beyoncé and Jay-Z will both grace the Global Citizen Festival stage, and perform for the first time together in South Africa.

Usher, Ed Sheeran, Sho Madjozi, Casper Nyovest and many other will share the stage in celebration of former President Nelson Mandela’s centenary on 2 December at the FNB Stadium.

The Festival, hosted and presented by The Motsepe Foundation, is part of a movement aimed at ending poverty in the world. Most of the tickets aren’t purchased, but are earned through action that will impact communities.

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Here are a few things you need to know ahead of the Festival:

  1. “A major artist, who is yet to be revealed, will be opening the show with a never-before-seen collaboration that you seriously won’t want to miss just because you’re stuck in a queue at the security checkpoint,” said Thato Noinyane, a representative from the Festival.
  2. There will be road closures, meaning you won’t be able to approach the FNB Stadium from the North on Nasrec Road from the N17 offramp off the N1, as this will be closed, except for accredited vehicles. The Soweto Highway and the Golden Highway will both also be closed for all vehicle traffic. It is encouraged to use designated transport services such as; pre-booked park and rides from various locations or pre-booked parking spaces at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, both available from Computicket; the Gautrain; and Uber to the drop-off and collection area on Nasrec 5 Road, are some of the suggested options. Click here to find out more about the transport options and how you can get to the festival for free. Remember, the festival begins at 11am so you want to make sure you get there on time.
  3. Your ticket could get upgraded! “Those in their seats between 12pm and 2pm could receive one of the hundreds of on-the-day ticket upgrades we’ll be giving away. It would mean you’d get some of the best views of the stage in the whole venue,” Noinyane said.