Eve, Natalia Jimenez, Icona Pop, Kim Petras, and Keri Hilson are added to the lineup of fierce female artists to slay the LA Pride Festival’s three stages on June 9 – 10
April 4, WEST HOLLYWOOD. Today, Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, announces the next wave of artists – a fierce set of women who represent the real diversity of LA’s LGBTQ+ community – to own the 2018 LA Pride Festival’s three stages on June 9 – 10.
Eve, Natalia Jimenez, Icona Pop, Kim Petras, and Keri Hilson join 2018 LA Pride Festival headliners, Kehlani and Tove Lo in what’s shaping up to be one of the most diverse lineups in LA Pride Festival history. Advanced tickets are on sale for this not-to-be-missed Pride event of the year!
“2018 is already proving to be the year of the woman,” says Gregory Alexander, CSW Board Member and Programming Lead for the 2018 LA Pride Festival. “Female empowerment is more important than ever. These beautifully diverse artists embody everything that LA Pride 2018 represents, a celebration of self-expression and authenticity. Their confidence, fearlessness, and talent inspire us all to #JUSTBE.”
As in prior years, a variety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists will be the main feature of the LA Pride Festival’s two days of non-stop entertainment.
On Saturday, June 9, international pop duo, Icona Pop and rising star, Kim Petras will get crowds cheering at the Park Stage. Icona Pop, famous for their triple-platinum hit single, “I Love It” ft. Charli XCX, won’t disappoint with their unique sense of energy and effervescence. Kim Petras, widely praised as one to watch for 2018, recently dropped her latest single, the shimmering pop confessional “Heart To Break” which has quickly racked up nearly 4 million Spotify streams. She earned the No. 1 spot on the Spotify Global Viral 50 Chart for her breakout single “I Don’t Want It At All” with more than 6 million Spotify streams. She will mesmerize Festival goers with her lovelorn storylines and addictive melodies.
Over at the Boulevard Stage that evening, GRAMMY®-nominated R&B singer and songwriter, Keri Hilson, known for hits like “Knock You Down” ft. Kanye West and Ne-Yo, “Turning Me On,” and platinum single, “Pretty Girl Rock,” will most definitely get the beats popping.
On Sunday, June 10, GRAMMY®-award winner, actress, host of The Talk, and multi-platinum selling recording artist, Eve, famous for a long list of hits – from “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” to “Gangsta Lovin’” to “Who’s That Girl” – will take charge of the Park Stage while Spanish singer and songwriter, Natalia Jimenez, known for chart-toppers “Quedate con Ella,” “Algo Brilla en Mi,” and “Creo en Mi,” will dazzle the Plaza Stage.
“We’re really delivering on CSW’s mission of creating a culture of inclusivity within the LGBTQ+ community by shining the spotlight on women of every race, ethnicity, and sexuality across all of our three stages,” says Marquita Thomas, CSW Board Member. “The sheer artistry of this year’s LA Pride Festival lineup rings true to that.”
In fact, the 2018 LA Pride Festival is leading the charge when it comes to inclusivity in programming. In a data-driven study conducted by Pitchfork, which surveyed the lineups of the 23 biggest music festivals in the United States and Canada in 2017, it was found that only 14 percent of acts booked were female and only 12 percent were mixed gender (or non-binary) – out of nearly 1,000 acts booked altogether!
For the past 48 years, LA Pride has served as the “unofficial kick-off” to the LGBTQ+ Pride season across the U.S. and around the world. It’s a nod to the organization’s history and legacy of having organized the world’s first-ever permitted parade advocating for gay rights in 1970. The annual LA Pride celebration consists of a week’s worth of events and programming (many more events to be announced soon!), concluding with the two-day LA Pride Festival (June 9-10) and the beloved LA Pride Parade (June 10).
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Proceeds from ticket sales support events like the LA Pride Parade and city-wide programs like the CSW philanthropy, Casa del Sol, a joint project with APLA Health that provides low-income housing to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Want to attend the LA Pride Festival for free? Sign up for a 4-hour volunteer shift today! CSW also provides a limited number of free tickets to non-profit and community organizations. Please contact the LA Pride team today to see if your organization qualifies.
About Christopher Street West (CSW) & LA Pride
Christopher Street West (CSW), a 501(c)3 non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970, as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, we have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. Today, we continue to produce the globally-recognized LA Pride Parade and Festival every June in the City of West Hollywood. We also organize a number of events throughout the year with our non-profit, philanthropic, community, and corporate partners. Visit lapride.org for more information.
CK&D Public Relations
CSW Board Member
All requests for media credentials for the LA Pride Festival and the LA Pride Parade must be sent to [email protected] no later than Monday, June 4, 2018. Please note that we receive a large number of requests each year. Unfortunately, we cannot fulfill all requests – even though we’d love to be able to!