Addtional reporting by Taila Aroshas
The last Amnesty International concert took place 16 years ago and inspired many people of that generation with a call to action that brought awareness to human rights in America and around the world. Now in 2014, Amnesty International is ready to pass the torch to the younger generations that can now connect to their movement to inspire them to be involved and active in human rights.
This year's Amnesty International concert took place on Wednesday, February 5 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Co-hosted by Susan Sarandon and featuring Madonna, the star studded line up included; The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan & Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Cake, Colbie Caillat, Blondie and Pussy Riot.
On October 26th, Sensation will celebrate its 100th global show at Brooklyn’s very own Barclays Center. This show will also be the final stop of Sensation’s US tour, which by that time, will have already hit Oakland, Las Vegas, and Miami.
Last year, Sensation entered the US for its first time and graced New York with two sold-out shows at the Barclays Center. Tens of thousands of fans gathered to experience the ‘Ocean of White,’ which displays visuals, lighting, and music unlike anything America has experienced before. Features include “200 different types of pyrotechnical effects, 22 water fountains and choreographed flying acrobatics,” which work in conjunction with high caliber house music. New York is currently bracing itself in preparation for Mr. White, Nic Fanciulli, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Fedde le Grand and MC Gee.
Last Friday night we witnessed an unbelievable performance by Depeche Mode at Brooklyn's Barclays Center! The band jammed to an enthusiastic crowd of over 15,000 fans, banging out their classic 80's hits as well as tunes from their newest album, "Delta Machine." When the show opened, the band burst onstage, lead by frontman David Gahan, and backed by Andy Fletcher, Peter Gordeno, Christian Eigner, and Martin Gore. They opened with the dark masterpiece, "Welcome To My World," as Gahan's baritone voice chrooned hypnotic lyrics while he skillfully slinked around the stage. Gahan's mood seemed to change radically with every song, which captivated the audience as they rode his wave of emotions.
Last night, MTV's annual Video Music Awards went down in no other than Brooklyn, New York at the new Barclays Center. With a theme based around the history and culture of the infamous borough, this award show was definitely something to see.
The show kicked off immediately with a performance by Lady Gaga. At this point no one is surprised by here unusual outfits, which she switched seamlessly throughout her performance of "Applause".
Last week, Brooklyn's Barclays Center hosted a celebration of Jamaica's 50 years of independence with a very special performance. Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy performed, as well as Ali Campbell's UB40, Beres Hammond, and Maxi Priest all jammed out during the BioLife Sounds of Reggae concert. The concert was the first reggae concert for the Barclays Center, marking a historic milestone for the arena, which is located in a community known for its Caribbean culture.
The artists all performed both past and present hits, including Shaggy's "Boombastic" and Ali Campbell's "Red Red Wine." “Sounds of Reggae brought unprecedented energy to Barclays Center last night,” commented Shaggy. “It was an incredible opportunity to share a part of Jamaica’s culture with Brooklyn, my second home.”
Take a close look behind the scenes of how Jay Z's inaugural concert at Brooklyn's newest sporting and concert area, the Barclay's Center was put together. Fans can catch an intimate side of Jay and even catch his infamous subway ride to close out his eight show run in his hometown. A must-watch moment is his chat with an older woman he meets on the train. Watch below.
A sea of white clad ravers of all kinds set out to Brooklyn, New York on the weekend of Oct. 26th for the European born event, Sensation Innerspace. Gracing major cities like Amsterdam, Oslo and Belgium, the monumental event was the first of its kind to hit the States and it made shockwaves as the first dance music show to christen the Barclays Center.
On Saturday, upon entering Barclays, the subways and streets were filled to the brim with the masses of fans donning their all-white-everything apparel, all in amazing spirit of course. In the main arena lied an unbelievable stage set up. From the all white lotus flower acropolis that hosted the rotating DJ booth to the extreme production elements to the sound system, Sensation was bound to leave an incredible and successful mark on New York that night.
Following a brief hiatus, pop princess Lady Gaga lends her vocals to Zedd's quickly popular single "Stache." The single comes following the announcement of her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour which will also feature Lady Starlight and Madeon, making two very special stops in downtown Brooklyn's new entertainment mecca, Barclays Center. Those two exclusive performances will host German EDM giant Zedd, whom Gaga described in a tweet last August as having a "major musical boner" for.
If you're not familiar with Zedd, you may wanna jot this down because he's basically the new big thing. His debut LP 'Clarity' (Interscope) just dropped a couple days ago and is already garnering rave reviews among the blogosphere and media outlets alike. Just three years of producing under his belt, the talented young musicican insists that he doesn't want people calling it that, and with the new album he would rather focus on the 'M in EDM' stating "For my album I had a vision to make something that is timeless and you can listen to 20 years from now."