Tomorrow, several artists will take the stage at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah in support of LGTBQ persons and foundations around the world. It's all part of LoveLoud, a festival founded by Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons to celebrate love. This is the second time the festival has run, and the lineup shows no signs of the festival going anywhere any time soon. The show's being streamed by AT&T, so if you plan on watching or attending, here's who you should plan on watching:
Perhaps the most well-known pop rock band on the planet, Imagine Dragons headline the bill. This festival was founded by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds, so it only makes sense they'll be heading the show. While it's easy to shake the Dragons off as overplayed, their liveshow is nothing short of a spectacle. The band's show is massive, featuring pyrotechnics, confetti, and all the stops and more. You can expect the band's latest hits like 'Believer' and 'Whatever It Takes' from the latest album Evolve, as well as their latest single 'Natural' to come with a big presence, as well as classics like 'Demons' and the epic 'Radioactive,' which the band transforms into an 8-minute extended epic with huge cinematics, drums, and guitar solos. If you've never seen Imagine Dragons live, let this be the initiative that changes that.
Zedd's another huge name on the bill that everyone knows. The EDM producer has been all over the scene lately, and chances are you've heard (and possibly grown sick of) his huge single 'The Middle' with Maren Morris. His latest track is 'Happy Now,' featuring Elley Duhé. Zedd has produced countless bangers and pop hits, from 'Stay' with Alessia Cara to his original banger 'Clarity' with Foxes. Zedd's last record was the diverse, if not dramatic True Colors released in 2016, and he is currently working on his next record. His live show is full of color and spectacle, so this is one set you won't want to miss.
If you follow us, chances are you know who Mike Shinoda is. Shinoda is the creative mastermind behind Linkin Park, and his work has extended to his own solo career. Following the passing of Chester Bennington, he's released his own record called Post Traumatic, documenting his journey through grief and getting on firm footing as he looks ahead. With powerful tracks like 'Over Again' and 'Nothing Makes Sense Anymore' to more uplifting, hopeful songs like 'Crossing A Line' and 'Hold It Together,' Post Traumatic connects with anyone who's ever lost and been through the grieving process. Shinoda shared the stage with Imagine Dragons recently in Camden, New Jersey at the Radio 104.5 11th Birthday Celebration, where Dan Reynolds expressed how Shinoda is one of his favorite artists. In addition, Zedd performed with Linkin Park at their tribute show to Bennington in October (where he played drums on 'Crawling'), so onstage collaborations are not out of the question here!
Grace VanderWaal is a sort of sensation. Making her debut on America's Got Talent, she stole the heart of millions with her emotional performance of 'I Don't Know My Name.' Since her debut, she's released an EP and a full-length record, and has been opening up for Imagine Dragons throughout the summer. Her music has this bright innocence to it that makes it so endearing and pure; a break from the normal drama-filled zeitgeist. Her latest single 'Clearly' is surprisingly mature for a 14-year old, but her musicianship is clearly seen in her vocal prowess and songwriting ability. She's already a sensation, and her career's only just begun. Don't miss this one.
Tyler Glenn is perhaps better known as the frontman of alternative rock band Neon Trees, but he's taking the stage alone for this venture. He'll be performing songs from his solo album Excommunication, released in 2016, and according to his Twitter, he'll have some special guests helping him out. What exactly that means is yet to be seen, but seeing his punchy, pop rock sound come to life on the stage will definitely be a cool sight to see. Glenn will soon be performing on Broadway's Kinky Boots, so expect a vivacious stage presence in this performance as well. Glenn identifies as a gay man, so he'll also be feeling right at home and feeling all the love at this show.
Vagabon is one of the lesser known but certainly most talented artists on the bill. Her sound is best described as tortured indie pop, along the lines of Now, Now. Her music is honest, telling intimate stories through her unique perspective on the world. There's a certain curiosity and intimacy to her sound even with how energetic and full of life it may be, and seeing it come to life onstage will be a treat. Her debut album Infinite Worlds was released last year, featuring singles 'The Embers' and 'Fear & Force.'
Opening the festival will be indie pop rising star Allison Weiss, known by her stage name A.W. Her music is wonderful, coming with her confident punchy voice and her honest lyrics. Warm tones surround some of her singles like 'Who We Are' and 'Making It Up.' Her style is like a more energetic Tegan & Sara (who will be speaking at the event, coincidentally) and is bound to get the show started with a nice energy and flair.
Excited for LoveLoud? Be sure to tune into the festival's livestream, and if you're attending, have a great time! Let us know who you're most looking forward to watching take the stage at the festival, and if you want us to cover any other festivals too!