Update: The LOVELOUD Festival announced more names of performers and speakers who will participate in the event at the Vivint Smarthome Arena in Salt Lake City May 14.
Hosted by Kalen Allen, the festival is going to feature performances by David Archuleta, morgxn, Parson James, Silver Cup, and The Encircle Youth Choir. Among others, speakers at the event will include Devon Rouse, the first openly gay NASCAR driver, who will talk about his personal story and journey.
After a two-year pause brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the LOVELOUD Festival returns with an all-star lineup of artists on May 14. The festival, which will be held at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, is designed to “ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities,” according to organizers.
The 2022 LOVELOUD Festival will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons along with nationally recognized stars WILLOW, Anitta, Neon Trees, The Aces, and Mat & Savanna Shaw. More performers and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2022 festival is made possible in part by a $1 million gift from Qualtrics founder and Utah Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith. In addition to their financial support, they are also making Vivint Arena available for the concert at no cost.
“Because of the pandemic, it’s been far too long that we have all been able to come together like this to celebrate diversity and speak out on the power of unconditional love and equality. Without Ryan and Ashley’s commitment, the festival may have not been a reality even this year, and we are grateful for their recognition of the event as a must-have in the community,” said LOVELOUD founder and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds. “We have a fantastic line-up of performers, each of whom brings a unique and powerful voice to the cause. I can hardly wait to see everyone together at the Vivint Arena.”
LOVELOUD tickets are available for purchase at loveloudfest.com. The festival will feature food, beverages, and various activities for fans of all ages. The LOVELOUD Foundation will donate proceeds from this year’s event to LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation, the Trevor Project, and Equality Utah.
Organizers point to LGBTQ+ teen suicide as one of the most troubling issues in the community, saying it is often caused by a lack of communication or an absence of acceptance.
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US for youth (teenagers) according to the Center for Disease Control,” organizers wrote in a statement. “LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are eight times more likely to commit suicide.”
LOVELOUD tickets are available for purchase at loveloudfest.com.