Festival season is underway, and we’re making an effort to hit up all the necessary events. From Coachella to Lollapalooza, some of our favorite musical acts are hitting the stage.
But this year, we’re adding one more to the list. Now in its second year, the Loveloud Festival in Salt Lake City is hosted by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons. With a mission to encourage greater love, communication, and understanding for the LGBTQ community, the proceeds benefit local and national LGBTQ charities, including Encircle, Trevor Project, and the Tegan and Sara Foundation. This year’s festival is sponsored by AT, who supports the Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service, as well as other initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth.
celebrate our diversity. embrace our LGBTQ youth. to “accept” does not simply mean to “love” – it means you give true validity and fully embrace and support diverse sexual orientations and do not see ones sexuality as “incorrect” or “sinful”. love is an empty word otherwise. pic.twitter.com/ACaIZyNrX0
— Dan Reynolds (@DanReynolds) March 28, 2018
“We at Loveloud are determined to help create a more loving and accepting environment for them, while also hoping to raise more than $1 million dollars for local and national LGBTQ+ charities,” Reynolds says. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”
Such great music includes performances by Imagine Dragons, Grace Vanderwaal, Tyler Glenn, and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. Stand-up comic, actor, and writer, Cameron Esposito will also perform, as well as emcee the festivities. More performers and speakers will be announced in the next few weeks.
This year’s @LOVELOUDfest is going to be HUGE! LoveLoud is igniting conversation about what it means to love, understand, accept and support our LGBTQ+ youth. Learn more, buy tickets, see you there! https://t.co/yPLVBdEB8u pic.twitter.com/C1txLqkhab
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) April 2, 2018
“Loveloud’s inspiring goal is to raise $1 million dollars for LGBTQ+ organizations in one day, and we know that this amazing program of music and speakers will entertain, educate and inspire everyone who comes out in support on July 28,” said Tegan and Sara. “We started the Tegan and Sara Foundation to bring resources and attention to issues affecting the LGBTQ community, and we are proud to work with the Loveloud team to amplify their urgent message of acceptance and unconditional love.”
Loveloud Festival takes place Saturday, July 28 at Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6 online. Presale tickets are available Wednesday, with code: IMAGINEDRAGONS