Kesha is coming to Utah to perform at LOVELOUD, Dan Reynold’s (from Imagine Dragons) LGBTQ-focused festival that takes place in the state. The festival, which is in its second year, is intended to make a change in how LGBTQ people are treated in Utah, especially in Mormon communities. Reynolds told the Associated Press that he hopes the festival will “destigmatize what it means to be LGBTQ especially in these orthodox communities.” Last year, the festival not only gave queer youth a chance to gather together in a safe space, it also raised a ton of money for The Trevor Project, GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign.
This year, the festival is looking even more jealously inducing, as headliners were announced and Kesha has the top spot on the roster. After her performance at the festival was announced, in a very Kesha move, the performer told the AP that she wants attendees to dress in their brightest rainbow colors and bring as much glitter as possible. She also issued an invitation to those in Utah who are “skeptical or don’t understand the LGBTQ community,” saying, “please come and let me know if you don’t have the best time ever at this show because it’s going to be such a celebration of love. I think it’s going to be pretty undeniable to be sitting in an arena full of love, and not feel how beautiful of a feeling it is.”
In a sweet nod to the queer community, Kesha said that another reason she was so excited to play LOVELOUD was to acknowledge her LGBTQ fan base, and she is keeping us all on the edge of our seats regarding her own sexual orientation. “I truly believe that I would not have a career without the support of (the LGBTQ+ community),” she told the Associated Press. ”(It’s) a community that I feel like I’ve been a part of growing up. I still don’t really know what I would identify my sexuality as exactly, (but) it’s always been a safe place for me in the LGBTQ community.”
As if Kesha weren’t enough, the festival will also feature Martin Garrix, Tegan & Sara, Laura Jane Grace, Daya, K. Flay, Grouplove, PVRIS and Reynolds and takes place June 29th in West Valley City, Utah.