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35K fill LoveLoud’s second annual festival to support LGBT youth

SALT LAKE CITY — Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds, kicking off the second annual LoveLoud music festival on Saturday, said ultimately he looks forward to the day LoveLoud doesn’t have to exist.


“To me, the LGBTQ youth that I’ve spent time with say their biggest desire is for this not to be a thing. To not to continually have to explain why they love who they love,” Reynolds said in a press conference before the festival.


But for now, the LoveLoud festival, meant to provide a space of love and acceptance for LGBT youth, will continue year to year — until it’s no longer necessary, Reynolds said.


Breathless from opening his set with the song “Radioactive,” Reynolds told tens of thousands of concertgoers: “I wish you could see how much we care about you, how much we love you, how much we support you.”


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