Feb 5, 2014 - Amnesty International, Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Amnesty International's iconic Human Rights Concert series will hold a Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday, February 5. The evening will include performances by The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more.
Tickets for Bringing Human Rights Home go on sale Saturday, January 11 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express® Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Monday, January 13 at noon (if still available).
Twenty-five years after its initial concert series, which featured U2, Sting, Lou Reed and others, Amnesty International is redeploying the concert–with a digital twist–to bring awareness about human rights to a new generation.
“The fight for global human rights begins at home,” said Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director for Amnesty International USA. “This concert is part of an evolving conversation about human rights that grounds the universal struggle for dignity and freedom in the injustices we see every day in our own backyard in the United States. We’re bringing back the concerts to show a new generation of activists how to stand up for justice at home and abroad–whether it is fighting for the right to voice dissent peacefully on social networks or in the streets, protecting the rights of women and girls, or standing in solidarity with individuals persecuted for who they are or what they believe.”
"Amnesty's past concerts have featured some of the greatest artists of our generation and have been catalysts for real, measurable change,” said Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Grammy Award-nominated rock band Imagine Dragons. “It's an honor to perform as part of this event and continue the cause of championing human rights around the world."
Between 1986 and 1998, Amnesty International held 28 concerts around the world with over 1.25 million attendees. The most high-profile component of the concert series was the six-week, five-continent, 20-concert “Human Rights Now!” world tour in 1988 – headlined by Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Youssou N'Dour. Those concerts directly helped triple the movement’s worldwide membership and mobilize a generation of human rights activists.