When Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds singer became growingly aware of the plights of young queer people, especially in the Mormon church, he decided to try and do something. In 2017. Reynolds started the first-ever LOVELOUD festival back in 2017, he had a simple goal in mind — raise money and awareness for LGBTQ youth across the country.
Two years (and two festivals) later, Reynolds is set to host the biggest LOVELOUD festival yet, presented by AT&T for the second year in a row, with headliners like Kesha, Daya, Tegan and Sara and more joining in to help fundraise for LGBTQ charities. Along with boasting a massive lineup, AT&T, who has been a proud supporter and ally to the LGBTQ community since 1975, will be hosting a live stream of the festival on their Twitter page (@ATT) on Saturday, June 29.
So, with LOVELOUD coming in just a few weeks, we here at Billboard Pride decided to put together a playlist of some of our favorite songs from each of the artists performing at this year’s festival.
This anthem of empowerment from Kesha is practically an overt ode to her LGBTQ fans, as the singer croons that things may be hard, but you’ll one day “find a rainbow.”
Imagine Dragons, “Believer”
Along with being the title of Reynolds’ documentary about the Mormon church’s treatment of LGBTQ youth, “Believer” is a protest anthem, where the singer rages against those trying to make you feel different. If there’s a song designed to get you headbanging at the festival, it’s this one.
Tegan and Sara, “BWU”
This criminally-underrated Tegan and Sara jam will have you dancing and singing along, as the duo sings about being in love with a girl, and not needing a wedding ring to prove it.
Daya’s latest offering is a 2000s-rave banger about spending your time at the club to forget about your ex. The infectious beat alone makes this track an immediate crowd pleaser.
The first song K.Flay released after publicly revealing her relationship with fellow performer Miya Folick, “Sister” sees the star veering into a more pop-infused sound as she sings about wanting that strong bond with another woman.
PVRIS, “No Mercy”
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, “Apocalypse Now (& Later)”
This folksy rock tune from Laura Jane Grace’s side project is a fun jam about being in bliss with the one you love, even while the world around you is burning.
Kesha, “Rich, White, Straight Men”
In her latest single, Kesha makes it pretty clear who’s to blame for the problems of the world today. It’s a funny, all-too-real song where the singer raises a middle finger to the establishment keeping the community down.
Imagine Dragons, “Love”
The festival is called LOVELOUD. This deep cut off of Imagine Dragons’ latest album Origins sees Reynolds calling for a broader sense of acceptance for the world. “‘Cause we got the same blood,” after all.
Tegan and Sara, “Closer”
Easily one of Tegan and Sara’s best songs to date, “Closer” is the pulsating glitter-pop song about giving into desire that will get the audience on their feet.
Sometimes, moving on is hard, as Daya so clearly shows in “New.” But dealing with a breakup has never sounded as good as in this hard-hitting pop track.
K.Flay, “High Enough”
Ever felt like you were in an altered state, just because you feel great around your lover? K.Flay took that feeling and bottled it into “High Enough,” making it a perfect song for a concert all about love.
PVRIS, “You and I”
PVRIS have proven that they are the masters of making compelling pop-rock, particularly on their breakout track “You and I.”
Against Me!, “Black Me Out”
While Laura Jane Grace won’t be performing with Against Me! at LOVELOUD, we’re certainly hoping that she plays this pissed-off protest anthem against the treatment of trans people by our society.