LOVELOUD festival moving to SLC from Orem; new venue holds 40,000 more

Imagine Dragons. Photo Courtesy: Utah Valley University staff

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, April 2, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A local music festival founded by Dan Reynolds, lead singer of the Utah-based pop band Imagine Dragons to support LGBTQ+ youth, is moving from Orem to Salt Lake City for its second year.

Organizers of LOVELOUD announced Monday that this year’s festival will be held at Rice-Eccles Stadium on the University of Utah campus, moving from Brent Brown Ballpark at Utah Valley University where the 2017 concert took place. Rice-Eccles has a capacity of 45,000, while the ballpark has a capacity of 5,000.

“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 said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”

The LOVELOUD website says the event 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.”

Along with Imagine Dragons, the 2018 festival will feature appearances from Zedd, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Grace VanderWaal, Neon Trees’ Tyler Glenn, Vagabon and A.W.

Last year, acts included Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees and Krewella. The event was included in a documentary, “Believer,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Tickets to the event go on sale Friday. For more information about the festival click here.


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