YouTube and “Ellen” sensation Kalen Allen will be the host of the third LoveLoud Festival, the annual rock concert and fundraiser for LGBTQ teen advocates.
Allen tops a list of speakers announced Friday for the event, set for Saturday, June 29, at Usana Amphitheater in West Valley City.
The speakers include screenwriter and actor Lena Waithe (an Emmy winner for “Master of None”), Neon Trees lead singer Tyler Glenn, and Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist Emma Gonzålez.
A local favorite will be Matt Easton, the Brigham Young University political science graduate who came out as gay during his valedictory speech. Charlie Bird, the former BYU mascot “Cosmo,” will perform a dance routine with BYU Cougarettes and alumni.
“Matt has been incredibly courageous,” said festival founder and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds.
The speakers are what make LoveLoud, Reynolds said in an interview Friday, that “much more than a rock show or a festival.”
“The bands are great, and the music is great. It puts everybody in a relaxed, happy mood, and connects people who might be a little nervous or out of their bubble,” Reynolds said. “Then you hit ‘em hard with the speakers, and that’s really where the change happens.”
Also added to the main stage is the alt-rock group AJR. They join a music lineup headlined by the pop icon Kesha, along with Reynolds, the Canadian indie-pop duo Tegan & Sara, pop singer-songwriter Daya, singer-rapper K.Flay, alt-rock band PVRIS, and Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers, the side project of the founder of the punk band Against Me!
DJ/producer Martin Garrix had to drop out of the show, Reynolds said, after breaking his ankle during a performance in late May at the Omnia nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
“He wishes he could be there,” Reynolds said. “We’ll get him next year.”
Allen, the festival’s host, made his name with his viral “Kalen Reacts” videos, which got the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who made him a featured contributor on her show and her digital platforms. He’s set to make his acting debut in an untitled comedy starring Seth Rogen, due out later this year.
Other speakers joining the lineup are:
- VINCINT, R&B singer
- Parson James, singer-songwriter
- Gnash, rapper/DJ/producer
- Andy Allo, singer-songwriter and guitarist
- Aja Volkman, singer/musician (and Reynolds’ wife)
- Ty Herndon, country singer
- Brandon Stansell, country singer
- Paul Cardall, Salt Lake City-based Christian musician/composer
- Miya Folick, folk-rock singer-songwriter
- Shannon Beveridge, YouTube personality, actor and LGBTQ advocate
- Vivek Shraya, Canadian musician, writer and visual artist
- Shamir, indie-rock singer-songwriter
- Foreign Figures, indie alternative band
LoveLoud Festival Powered by AT&T — that’s the full name — begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. Tickets, starting at $29, are for sale at Smith’s Tix.