LOVELOUD 2019: Positive Celebrity review! Oh, the emotions, performance, and survivors!
LOVELOUD 2019 POSITIVE CELEBRITY RATING: 10/10
HIGHLY RECOMMEND EVEN IF YOU TRAVEL!
LOVELOUD 2019 not only attracted music lovers, but it was also an excellent way to help raise money for all charities benefiting LGBTQ communities.
In fact, each of the artists took time out of their to spread nothing less than a joy to every soul in the sold-out event.
Dan Reynolds took the stage to welcome all early arrivals to the festival he founded
“It’s not because our LGBTQ youth are broken,” Reynolds shared and pleaded that those who identify as LGBTQ youth “not take your life from us.”
“We need you. We need every one of you. Your life is always worth living, always. There’s cool things that happen. Things get better.”
Truthfully, Utah has a lot of political control and while it might be difficult to digest, the Mormon church absolutely disagrees with those who have LGBTQ intentions. As far as to kick their own children out of their homes.
Leaving them homeless because they are “sinners,” and other man-made precepts that are not only harmful to one’s self-esteem but false.
“It has to do… with man-made precepts that are just false — that you can tell your neighbor how to live and who to love.”
Further, LOVELOUD was created to help, it’s an event to say “hey we got you.” And sometimes, blood will never be as supportive as your fellow LGBTQ friends and supportive talent.
Matt Easton also attended the event and never imagined he would be up on that stage inspiring other people after he bravely came out during his valedictorian speech at Brigham Young University.
In case you didn’t know, Brigham Young University is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Easton shared his coming out story and how many friends he had who thought of suicide as an option because they were told often “you are not normal.”
Of equal importance, this year LOVELOUD 2019 festival is celebrating their third year of success.
It has always been less about the lineup and more about the cause to help all those that identify as LGBTTQQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual).
Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds opened up about the ultimate goal.
“The goal is to destigmatize, and in order to destigmatize something, we talk about it, we talk about it, we talk about it. We educate,” Reynolds told the Daily Herald in a red carpet interview before the festival. “I hope that it’s started to penetrate the culture a little bit.”
The singer was accompanied by a pianist, finished the festival with a sincere acoustic set including a few Imagine Dragons hits, an “I’ll Walk With You” duet with Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees and “Stand By Me.”
Kesha Sebert was the headliner for the event, joined by Elias Millan and her amazing dancers were on point.
Setting quite the energetic set singing songs including Tik Tok, Praying and Your Love is My Drug.
With that in mind, Kesha shared that LOVELOUD was important to her because of how she views the LGBTQ community and their well-being.
“It’s something I feel so strongly about,” further she stressed how important it is to love yourself for who you are and never listen to people who put you down in life.
In fact, Kesha even broke down during some of her general conversation with the crowd.
“I just want to encourage everybody here to not only love yourselves but love the person next to you and love the people around you,” Kesha told the audience. “You do not know what they’re going through. You do not know what they’ve been through.”
Kesha headlined the event, performing an energetic set featuring songs like “Tik Tok,” “Praying” and “Your Love is My Drug.” The singer said LOVELOUD was an important gig for her “because it’s something I feel so strongly about.”
Further, she even gave us the opportunity to strip while singing “Take It Off.” Our shirt landed right by her, picking it up she finished the song with it dangling off her guitarist’s gear!
One of her memorable performances was “Praying.”
Many know, Kesha stood up for what she felt was right after being violated in many ways. Most importantly, it seems this is Kesha’s anthem to that piece of crap (yea, we said it, Gotwald is a piece of crap).
The tears she sheds each time she sings that song (this is Positive Celebrity’s 2nd time seeing her perform LIVE) is emotional, you feel with her not for her and if you can relate it’s even more intense.
Throughout the start of LOVELOUD, many artists took the stage with their own stories including Glenn, AJR, Tegan and Sara, Daya, K.Flay, PVRIS, Laura Jane Grace, Paul Cardall, VINCINT, Parson James and former Brigham Young University Cosmo mascot Charlie Bird with former BYU Cougarettes.
Beyond those attending, other high profile celebrities chimed in including P!nk, Kristin Chenoweth, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars and some of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” cast also recorded short video messages that were shown at the festival between sets.
Kalen Allen told the Daily Herald how “amazingly excited he felt to host at LOVELOUD 2019.
“These are things, opportunities that I never would have thought I would have been able to have because of my sexuality, and so the fact that I am surpassing anything that I would have ever dreamed of, I just want to be an example to these kids that dreams do come true.”
He also shared how he felt the event has “opened some minds.”
“We’re coming at it with love, and so people feel OK to ask questions and explore it,” Glenn said. “I came out as gay in 2014 and personally left the LDS faith a few years ago, and I think from then to now, I’ve seen massive strides in taking down walls, and I think that’s what it’s about.”
With that in mind, we can’t forget the other organizations in town that have been doing their best for longer than LOVELOUD festival.
“Between Encircle and LOVELOUD and all the other organizations in town that have been at it much longer, the compassion has grown, and I think that the community has evolved,” Barbara Young said. “It’s really fun now because you’re seeing people who get it and you’re seeing hearts grow and now you get to just enjoy in all the love and acceptance that’s going on.”
In fact, they have achieved zero mortalities since it began.
“Encircle, since it’s started a couple of years ago, they’ve had no suicides of any of the kids that have come to Encircle, so super powerful,” Steve Young stated, body language spoke volumes as his eyes welled up with emotion.
Encircle in Utah is dedicated to leaving this world better than they left it with one goal.
“To Bring The Family And Community Together To Enable Our LGBTQ+ Youth To Thrive.”
The mission state itself is powerful.
“Encircle seeks to deepen and enrich the conversation among communities of faith and LGBTQ+ people. By teaching individuals to love themselves and empowering families, Encircle helps cultivate an environment where LGBTQ+ individuals can thrive. Our programs and services meet people wherever they are in their lives with cultural competency and sensitivity, using community partnerships, best practices, and innovative techniques.”
Most importantly, you can volunteer to make an even bigger impact, you never know who you are going to meet and become a big part of their life.
On their official website, you can check out services, friendship circles, programs, therapy, resources, our resources, their community calendar, locations including Provo, Salt Lake City, and Saint George.
If you don’t have enough time, do considering donating. The smallest amount can make a huge difference.
However, a simple Facebook share can go a VERY long way.
There are some great life-changing programs, one that stuck out for PCG is their Friendship Circles which provide opportunities for individuals to get together grouped by gender identity/sexual orientation and/or age to find a community of people going through the same things.
The talent on their line-up was beyond words.
K. Flay opened up with such energy even though it was so hot on that stage. She performed “Sister,” which was released prior to revealing her relationship with fellow performer Miya Folick.
It’s never easy to come out to family and friends as it is, can you imagine coming out to a complete world where the spotlight is always on you?
Imagine Dragons sang “Believer,” which is also the title of Reynolds documentary regarding the Mormon church and their attempts of treating LGBTQ youth. In fact, its the protest anthem, talent love singing this song with their emotion.
Truly, it has to be one of the best songs to sing at festivals. This one is all truth.
Tegan and Sara sang “BWU,” and it truly made us all stand up and dance, celebrating everyone who was there for who they were, not only did they sing amazing, their stage presence was on the spot, with light comedic teasing.
Daya sang “Insomnia”
The song dropped in the 2000s and talks about clubbing and forgetting your ex. The beat makes for a great crowd-pleaser.
Kesha sang “Rainbow”
The gorgeous lady just changed her hair from blonde to brunette. As a matter of fact, she looks fantastic and truly got the crowd singing, jumping and feeling that very emotion she felt on stage.
She even gave out bracelets that were triggered during her performance and the whole crowd lit up.
It only took one word for Kesha to describe everyone at LOVELOUD 2019.
Rainbow was made for her LGBTQ fans and talks about life being hard but at the end of the trials in your life, there will surely be a rainbow.
PVRIS sang“No Mercy”
Headbanging was strong during PVRIS “No Mercy.” There wasn’t a mosh pit but there were people dancing in circles and having fun. It was literally PLUR for a hard-rock track.
Isn’t it amazing that the environment truly changes the effect of the song on those at LOVELOUD versus at a headline rock concert?
We stand corrected: if you’re going to headbang to one song at LOVELOUD, it’s “No Mercy.” This hard-rock track from the pop-rock outfit is guaranteed to get at least one moshpit going.
Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers sang“Apocalypse Now (& Later)”
What’s better than a fun upbeat song about having those blissful moments with the person you love, even if the world around you is crumbling to the ground.
LOVELOUD 2019 was one of the biggest shows since its birth and we are completely proud of those who showed up and stood up for what the believe, “just love.”
We interviewed Jaden Holly who opened up about his past with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He shared his thoughts on compassion and the lack of it during the time of his life where he was active in the Mormon faith.
“I wouldn’t have been able to feel the compassion I’m feeling right now had I been active. During my time being active in the church, it was always “wrong,” and my parents didn’t help. Adding to the whole topic of gay marriage and other topics that truly don’t make sense. Even with the straight evidence supporting the church and its false doctrine, they continue to think it’s a “sin,” and people should be saved (maybe through therapy, you know pray the gay away).
LOVELOUD brought a lot to light and I’m thankful I can feel and love endlessly now without a fogged view of the world.
Love who you want to love, be with who you want to be with, stand proud and remember who you are because you are perfect.
Everyone here looks happy and I’m happy and it’s been fun.”
Honestly, Holly’s opinion was nothing less than the truth. It has been fun and sometimes we feel so judged and held back from the world.
It’s hard to know that there are still people who don’t live their life and experience the world because of judgment, recommendations, and other false misconceptions.
Unfortunately, Salt Lake City, Utah loves to attend church on Sundays and then harass those who were celebrating pride month.
Saddening, don’t you think? Oh, and let’s not forget hypocritical.
Most importantly, it doesn’t matter what “God,” you believe in or what you follow in life. You should always treat all people with love and respect.
What’s the use in hate, rejecting your children and basically f*cking some of us up to the point where heavy therapy and healing is needed?
The world can be a dark place but LOVELOUD 2019, it’s sponsors and those who have devoted their lives to helping those who have been affected…
That right there… is the reason we all fight for what’s right.
Did you attend the festival?
Positive Celebrity News handed a select few cards so be sure to stay tuned for the full photo album and Spectacles by Snapchat videos in HD!
Let us know what you thought and felt throughout the day in the comments below.
Made a new friend? Shout them out? Want to tell a celebrity something, post a comment, you never know who might be lurking.
Lastly, here’s a huge shoutout to the whole LOVELOUD team, you guys did amazing and we cannot wait to return next year.
Honestly, Kesha and others who are interested should always be considered as they make the show even more powerful.
LOVELOUD is meant to grow, inspire and create a community and so far, they’ve done nothing less than help people all over the world.
Inspiring, it’s exactly what the world needs, more love.
Great line-up, great time and great new friends!
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