Dan Reynolds blazes a trail, an official proclamation declaring July 28th LOVELOUD Day from Governor Gary Herbert & 1 million dollars raised

Jerod Harris / Getty Images for LOVELOUD

Salt Lake City, Utah
Rice-Eccles Stadium

Sold-Out LOVELOUD Festival Powered By AT&T Achieves $1,000,000 Goal.

Created and curated by Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, the second annual Utah-based festival included performances by Imagine Dragons, Mike Shinoda, Zedd, Tyler Glenn Grace VanderWaal, A.M. Vagabon, and was hosted by Cameron Esposito.

Ken McNeely (A,T & T), Amit Paley (Trevor Project), Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Lance Lowry (LOVELOUD Executive Director) and Stephenie Larsen (Encirlce)

The LOVELOUD Foundation is donating its proceeds from the festival to LGBTQ+ organizations including Encircle, the Tegan and Sara Foundation and the Trevor Project.

“Now don’t you understand, I’m never changing who I am”

Grace VanderWaal

To learn more about the 2018 LOVELOUD benefactors you can visit: LOVELOUDFest.com/charity

“Here we are, don’t turn away now, we are the warriors”

Jussie Smollet

Dan Reynolds founded the LOVELOUD Foundation in 2017 as a catalyst to bring communities and families together to help ignite the vital conversation about what it means to unconditionally love our LGBTQ+ youth.

“ ‘Cause this house of mine stands strong”

The SOLD-OUT festival saw people coming from all corners of country, and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox read an official proclamation from Governor Gary Herbert that declared July 28, 2018 “LOVELOUD Day” in Utah.

“I do whatever it takes ’cause I love how it feels when I break the chains”

Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees

Featured speakers included: Alexia Meyer, Alfonso Ribeiro, Ash from Encircle, Benji Shwimmer, Blair Imani, Brooklyn Fullmer, Carmen Carrera, Chelsie Hightower, Dana Goldberg, Dan Reynolds, Drew Scott, Gus Kenworthy, Heather Morris, Jaxon Willard, Jaymz Tuaileva, Jonathan and Oksana Platero, Julianne Hough, Jussie Smollet, Justin Tranter, Kalen Allen
Lt. Governor of Utah Spencer Cox, Kathy Tu, Malece Miller, Mary Lambert, Parson James, Steve and Barb Young, Tegan Quin, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tobin Low, VINCINT, Westminister Slam, WRABEL.

“There’s you in everything I do”


Additionally, as part of this quest, Dan Reynolds created a documentary centered around LOVELOUD, called Believer. The film received runner up for the “Festival Favorite Award” at Sundance Film Festival 2018 and premiered on HBO in June.

“Kids were laughing in my classes while I was scheming for the masses”

Tegan Quin (Tegan & Sara), Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons), Lance Lowry (LOVELOUD Executive Director)

LOVELOUD was live streamed in its entirety on AT&T’s social media handles, and in addition AT&T donated $1 for every use of the hashtag #LOVELOUD on Twitter, up to $50,000.

“I coulda gave up then but then again I couldn’t have ’cause I’ve traveled all this way for something.”

Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park

The LOVELOUD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and offers hope to young people, letting them know they’re not alone and encouraging acceptance in the home and community. It all begins with talking.

“One eye to the mountain and one to the sands, one dime for the fountain and one for my hand”


Together, through music and an inspiring message, LOVELOUD and AT&T share a vision of the future where LGBTQ youth are loved and accepted.

“You made me a believer”

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons

For more information visit: LOVELOUDFest.com

  • all photos by: Jerod Harris / Getty Images for LOVELOUD

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