Provided by: LOVELOUD PR Team, Posted by Tristan Olav Torgersen
If you haven’t yet read our piece on Believer, you need to. And why, you may ask? Because Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, is holding the second LOVELOUD Festival next Saturday, and you need to be there!
I’ll let you read our article above, and check out the press release below. If you’re feeling a little sluggish today, here’s the TLDR: Buy your tickets HERE!
If not, then read on for the official press release!
Press Release: LOVELOUD Festival 2018
IMAGINE DRAGONS’ DAN REYNOLDS HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL LOVELOUD FESTIVAL POWERED BY AT&T ON JULY 28, 2018 AT RICE ECCLES STADIUM IN SALT LAKE CITY, UT TO ENCOURAGE GREATER LOVE, COMMUNICATION, AND UNDERSTANDING FOR OUR LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
LINE UP INCLUDES GRAMMY® AWARD- WINNING ARTISTS IMAGINE DRAGONS, ZEDD AND LINKIN PARK’S MIKE SHINODA, GRACE VANDERWAAL, NEON TREES’ TYLER GLENN, VAGABON AND A.W.
STAND UP COMEDIAN, ACTOR AND WRITER CAMERON ESPOSITO TO PERFORM AND EMCEE LOVELOUD FESTIVAL
LOVELOUD TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH AT 10AM MST AT SMITHSTIX.COM
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LOCAL AND NATIONAL LGBTQ+ CHARITIES INCLUDING ENCIRCLE, TREVOR PROJECT, TEGAN AND SARA FOUNDATION & MORE
Salt Lake City, UT – April 2, 2018
Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons today announced the second annual LOVELOUD Festival (http://loveloudfest.com) designed to ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities. The 2018 LOVELOUD Festival will be powered by AT&T.
AT&T supports various initiatives that promote safety and inclusion for LGBTQ youth, including The Trevor Project’s suicide prevention and crisis intervention service. Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T can share our vision of a future where LGBTQ youth are connected to love and acceptance.
LGBTQ+ teen suicide, often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of acceptance, is one of the most troubling issues in the community. The numbers are staggering:
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to the Center for Disease Control.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are eight times more likely to commit suicide.
“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,” said founder and Imagine Dragons front-man Dan Reynolds. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”
LOVELOUD Festival will take place Saturday, July 28, 2018 in Salt Lake City, UT at the Eccles Stadium and feature performances by Grammy® Award-winning artists Imagine Dragons, Zedd and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda along with Grace Vanderwaal, Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn and A.W. Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Cameron Esposito will also perform and emcee the day’s festivities. More performers and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
LOVELOUD tickets will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10AM MST. Festival goers can purchase tickets HERE. Doors open for the LOVELOUD Festival at 2pm and the music begins at 3:30pm. The festival will feature food, beverages and a number of other activities for fans of all ages and interests. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate proceeds from this year’s event to benefit LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.
“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 28th,” 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.”
As part of this quest, Dan Reynold’s created a documentary centered around LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and will premiere on HBO in June.
LOVELOUD’s inaugural festival bowed August 26, 2017 in Orem, UT at Brent Brown Ballpark. The event drew 17,000 concertgoers and featured live music from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk the Moon (Acoustic), Joshua James, and Aja Volkman. In 2017, LOVELOUD Foundation lent its support to various charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor Project and GLAAD.
The LOVELOUD Foundation is a catalyst to bring communities and families together to help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+ youth. LOVELOUD offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking about, sharing and showing the realities of what LGBTQ+ teens face daily. The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501c3.
AT&T’s commitment to equality and inclusion for the LGBTQ community began in 1975, when the company became one of the first American corporations to adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination against employees based on sexual orientation. AT&T also has a long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. LEAGUE at AT&T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies Employee Organizations of AT&T) is one of the oldest LGBTQ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in the nation. In 1998, AT&T adopted one of the first domestic partner benefits programs for LGBTQ employees. In 2006, AT&T was one of the first U.S. corporations to offer transgender-inclusive health care benefits. At AT&T, diversity and inclusion will always be top priorities.
LOVELOUD was founded in 2017 by Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons, to help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in an effort to keep families together. LOVELOUD is the catalyst for bringing communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality. Talking, sharing and showing the realities of what teens in our society face daily is where it all begins. Find out more at: www.loveloudfest.com.