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LA Pride 2019: Meghan Trainor, Ashanti, Years & Years on entertainment stage

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Meghan Trainor, British electronic pop trio Years & Years, and Grammy winner Ashanti will headline LA Pride.

Trainor will warble June 8 from 11 p.m. to midnight on the Park Stage.

Years & Years and Ashanti will perform June 9 from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. on the Park and Plaza stages, respectively.

The Park and Plaza stages are festival’s two main stages. Other festival performers include MNEK, Cupcakke, The Drums, Greyson Chance, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, and The Veronicas.

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Meghan Trainor

Trainor, 25, a Grammy winning singer-songwriter, made waves in 2014 with her debut single “All About That Bass,” which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Her debut album, “Title,” dropped in 2015, and sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S.

Her follow-up disc, “Thank You,” came out in 2016 and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Trainor’s lyrics offer a female perspective on body image and empowerment.

In 2018, through a letter published in Billboard, Trainor said,  “To the entire LGBTQ+ community, I love you with all of my heart, I appreciate you endlessly and I support you with all that I have and believe in. I am there for you as you have been for me.”

Meghan Trainor LA Pride

Meghan Trainor will perform at LA Pride on Saturday. Photo: Screengrab.

LA Pride Festival

The LA Pride Festival will take place from noon to 1 a.m. June 8 and from noon to 11 p.m. June 9 and be located in West Hollywood Park on San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.

Advance tickets each day are $30 plus $4.75 in service fees.

Paula Abdul will perform a free concert in West Hollywood Park at the Festival’s opening ceremonies on Friday. The outdoor concert will be from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Also, Pride on the Boulevard, a free, three-day block party along Santa Monica Boulevard, will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, and 9. The event will feature vendors, non-profit organizations, beer gardens, and a local artist showcase.

LA Pride Parade

The LA Pride Parade will step off at 11 a.m. June 9 at Crescent Heights Boulevard and march west on Santa Monica Boulevard, ending at Robertson Boulevard.

The Parade Grand Marshals have been named as well as the celebrity grand marshal.

Years & Years

Years & Years (Olly Alexander, Mikey Goldsworhty, and Emre  Türkmen) formed in 2010, and released their debut studio album, “Communion,” in July 2015. Their sophomore effort, “Palo Santo,” came out in April 2018.

The band’s influences include Radiohead, Flying Lotus, Marilyn Manson, the Beatles, Jai Paul, Timbaland, Joni Mitchell, Aaliyah, Robyn, Scritti Politti, and Sigur Rós.

Olly Alexander

Alexander, the band’s 28-year-old gay frontman, has used his celebrity to spotlight various social issues. In various interviews and charity campaigns, Alexander has promoted safer sex and HIV screening, anti-LGBT bullying initiatives.

Alexander also has spoken openly about his own struggles with depression, self-harm, eating disorders, and anxiety.

Ashanti

Ashanti, 38, won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2003 for her self-titled debut release.

She has released five additional albums. Her latest is 2014’s “Braveheart.” Some of her hits include “Foolish,” “Rock Wit U,” and “Rain On Me.”

Overall, she has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.

About the author

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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