LA Pride 2018: Kehlani, Tove Lo to headline festival

Kehlani will headline the LA Pride Festival June 9. Photo: Atlantic Records.

This story has been updated with set times for Kehlani and Tove Lo. Also. Natalie Jimenez will headline the Latin stage Sunday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WEST HOLLYWOOD — R&B songstress Kehlani and international chanteuse Tove Lo will headline the LA Pride Festival.

Kehlani will take the stage June 9 from 11:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., and Tove Lo will perform June 10 from 9:40 to 10:40 p.m., Christopher Street West, the nonprofit group that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, said Monday.

“Kehlani and Tove Lo are two of the most daring women in music today,” Gregory Alexander, Christopher Street West board member and programming lead for the LA Pride Festival, said in a statement. “We’re excited to see how they’ll lead the raw and authentic voice of this year’s festival.”

Kehlani and Tove Lo also embody LA Pride’s new theme, #JustBe, Alexander said.

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Artists for the the Plaza Stage, which will feature Latin music, and the Boulevard Stage, which will spotlight hip-hop and R&B, have not yet been announced.

The festival will take place in West Hollywood Park on San Vicente Boulevard — between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue — and in the Pacific Design Center Plaza.

Single tickets are $30, and individual weekend passes are $40.

Advance tickets can be purchased online.

No information has been released yet on the pride parade, which last year was replaced with a Resist March protesting the Trump Administration.

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Kehlani, who identifies as bisexual and is also known as Kehlani Ashley Parrish, was Grammy nominated in 2016 for “Best Urban Contemporary Album” for her mixtape “You Should Be Here.”

The Oakland native’s 2015 debut, “Cloud 19,” also was a mixtape.

That release, which hit No. 5 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and No. 1 on the iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart, was listed on Rolling Stone’s “20 Best R&B Albums of 2015.”

Kehlani’s full-length debut disc is 2017’s “SweetSexySavage.”


Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson, has been called “Sweden’s darkest pop export” by Rolling Stone thanks to her raw, complex, autobiographical lyrics, which are mostly based on mistakes, love, sex, and failed relationships.

The 30-year-old lyricist burst onto the music scene in 2014 with her platinum debut album “Queen of the Clouds” and the global hit single “Habits (Stay High)” and its follow-up “Talking Body.”

Tove Lo’s sophomore release, “Lady Wood,” also topped the Billboard 200 Charts in 2016. Her most recent single, “Disco Tits,” taken from her third studio album, “Blue Lips,” hit No. 1 in 2017 on the Billboard Dance Charts.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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