WeHo Pride 2023 – Grace Jones, Carly Rae Jepsen to headline

UPDATE: Everything you want to know about WeHo Pride.

Grace Jones and Carly Rae Jepsen will headline WeHo Pride 2023 in June.

 The Outloud Music Festival will take place from June 2 to 4 at West Hollywood Park.

Jones will headline on June 3, and Jepsen will headline on June 4.

Other artists on the schedule include Passion Pit, Orville Peck, Santigold, Princess Nokia, Yung Bae, La Roux, Blu DeTiger, Meet Me @ The Altar, Jodie Harsh, Rubio, Cub Sport and  Black Belt Eagle Scout.

WeHo Pride 2023 weekend will also include multiple free events including community programming, a street fair, the  Dyke March, the Women’s Freedom Festival, and WeHo Pride Parade on June 4.

Jones has been described as a pioneering musical artist.

Vice described Jones’ music as “weird, vibrant and progressive,” saying she “has woven disco, new wave, post-punk, art pop, industrial, reggae, and gospel into a tight sound that is distinctly hers, threaded together with lilting, powerful vocals.”

The gay community embraced Jones in the early 1980s when she emerged on the New York disco scene and remain some of her most devoted fans.

Some of her most popular albums are “Warm Leatherette” (1980), “Nightclubbing” (1981), and Slave to the Rhythm (1985).  Her last album was “Hurricane” in 2008.

Jones tours frequently and is renowned for her theatrical presentations and outlandish costumes.

W magazine said “everyone from Madonna to Björk to Beyoncé to Lady Gaga has taken more than a few pages from her playbook.”

Outloud last year featured included Jessie J, Lil’ Kim, Marina, Years & Years, and MUNA, among others.  Organizers said they sold nearly 23,000 tickets.

Single-day tickets start at $34, but do not include admission to WeHo Pride 2023. Those prices have not yet been released. Higher priced Outloud Music Festival tickets do include admission to WeHo Pride.

WeHo Pride started after the city’s split from LA Pride in July 2020. At the time, Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that had organized LA Pride in the city more than 30 years, told the West Hollywood City Council that they intended to move the annual celebration outside the city. Without blinking an eye, the City Council told Christopher Street West that they would have a Pride celebration with or without them.

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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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