PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 25, 2021 – Audacy returned to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on October 23rd for its 8th Annual We Can Survive. The show, hosted by 97.1 NOW (KNOU-FM), featured performances by Coldplay, Maroon 5, Black Eyed Peas, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes, The Kid LAROI, Saweetie and Young in a Million. The event raised over $ 800,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the largest suicide prevention organization in the country, which provides suicide victims with a nationwide community empowered through research, education, and advocacy against these most common Cause of death proceed.
“We’re thrilled to be reintroducing this staple of our live events business to the iconic Hollywood Bowl and enjoying an unforgettable night of music and mental health with our audience,” said Michael Martin, Senior Vice President of Programming and Music Initiatives, Audacy. “The unique connection that music has with its fans can help save lives. After two long-awaited years we are excited to see this power of music and connection in full as we spent an inspiring evening with our fans, artists and partners at AFSP. ”
“We are inspired by the way entertainers and artists have spoken up about personal mental health challenges in order to create a community for others who may be struggling,” said Robert Gebbia, chief executive officer, AFSP. “Our partnership with Audacy gives us the opportunity to use the power of music to bring people together and stimulate conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.”
“We Can Survive” offered a non-stop night of performances from the legendary Hollywood Bowl, introduced by “Opening Act” winner Young in a Million. Saweetie was the show’s ultimate “Best Friend”, while The Kid LAROI brought out his hit “Stay”. Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5 and Doja Cat all got the crowd going with fan favorites before handing the stage over to Coldplay. Before closing their set, Chris Martin surprised the crowd by bringing out Mel C – or Sporty Spice – of the Spice Girls to provide an acoustic rendition of “2 Become 1”.
This show continued Audacy’s commitment to normalizing mental health conversations and suicide prevention, coupled with the annual I’m Listening Special, a live nationwide broadcast that brings artists, athletes, medical professionals, and others through authentic conversations with intimate mental health conversations Bringing together open dialogue led by some of the top influencers in the country.
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