Rockers The Fray are set to headline a series of free concerts to raise awareness of the global poverty epidemic.

The How To Save A Life hitmakers are teaming up with bosses at The Global Poverty Project organisation for Global Citizen Nights, a series of free gigs in America, aiming to inspire concertgoers to take action against the war on poverty.

The Fray frontman Issac Slade announced the collaboration in a statement that reads: "It's almost unimaginable how many people live in extreme poverty today. With all the technology and connectivity in our so-called modern global landscape, you'd think we'd have this figured out by now. We hope the Global Citizen Nights concerts will help bring attention to this important issue."

The band, along with artists Allen Stone and Saints of Valory, will kick off the mini-festivals in Austin, Texas on 10 March (14), with concerts to follow in Nashville, Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri.

Fans will have to take certain actions to receive the free tickets, including signing the World Food Program Usa's petition to end extreme poverty or watching a video on the organisation's website.