Imagine Dragons, the Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids and Colbie Caillat are among eight acts confirmed to play a new-generation Human Rights Concert benefiting Amnesty International on Feb. 5 at the Barclays Center in New York.
Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, the Fray and Cake are also confirmed to be on the Bringing Human Rights Home concert, which is being organized to raise awareness of human rights for young musicians and fans. Tickets go on sale Saturday through Ticketmaster.
Amnesty International's concerts of the 1980s and 1990s were a key component of the era’s pop music with a social conscience, and drew attention around the world with performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, the Police, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Youssou N’Dour and many others.
Those shows from 1986 to 1998 encompassed 25 concerts and were attended by 1.25 million people.
"Amnesty's past concerts have featured some of the greatest artists of our generation and have been catalysts for real, measurable change,” Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds said in a statement. “It's an honor to perform as part of this event and continue the cause of championing human rights around the world."
Amnesty International USA Executive Director Steen W. Hawkins said in the same statement: “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.”
For more information, visit Amnesty’s website.