Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds announced the packed lineup for his second annual LOVELOUD festival on Monday (Apr. 2). Along with his own band, the festival will feature appearances from Zedd, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Grace VanderWaal, Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn, Vagabon and A.W.
The festival, which launched last year, intended to “ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities” will donate proceeds to local and national LGBTQ+ charities including Encircle, Trevor Project, Tegan and Sara Foundation and others. This year's show — taking place July 28 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah — will be hosted by stand-up comedian/actor Cameron Esposito, with tickets going on sale on Friday (Apr. 6) at 10 a.m. MST here.
“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 Reynolds in a statement. “We look forward to a day dedicated to celebrating their diversity while listening to great music and inspiring speakers.”
More performers and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Last year's inaugural LOVELOUD drew 17,000 for sets from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Walk the Moon's Nicholas Petricca, Joshua James and Aja Volkman. “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,” Tegan and Sara said in a statement. “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.”
Reynolds extended the festival's message in the documentary Believer, which won the runner-up for Festival Favorite Award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; the movie will debut on HBO in June.