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5 Fests for LGBTQ Music Lovers

5 Fests for LGBTQ Music Lovers


*Quits job, buys tickets.*

We know you like a good trip. We also know you like good music. That's why we've partnered with Genesis to bring you five of our favorite festivals from across the country for LGBTQ music enthusiasts. Each of these events are known to feature LGBTQ-specific artists, and a few are city prides--already welcoming spaces for LGBTQ people.

Ready to plan your 2018 fests? Bust out the calendar and scroll.

Night on Broadway: Downtown Los Angeles
A vibrant community of artists resides in the heart of Los Angeles, and thanks to councilman Jose Huizar's Bringing Back Broadway economic initiative, many of them come together toward the end of January every year to put on a massive, free show for the public. Last year's Night on Broadway brought in over 75,000 people, and 2018 will mark the festival's 10th year running, so you know it's going to be a night to remember.

Previous festivals have featured quality artists like Reggie Watts and the Boulet Brothers, and opened historic, art deco theaters like the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the Globe Theatre, and the Orpheum Theatre to the public.

This year's set list is still forthcoming, but look forward to hundreds of worthwhile attractions and dozens of wacky, eclectic, and even absurdist performances from L.A.'s finest. Watch the video above for clips of last year's Night on Broadway.

Pride Island: New York City Pride
The new Dance on the Pier, Pride Island is NYC Pride's three-day, official music festival featuring prominent LGBTQ musicians and irresistable beats from fantastic DJs. Last year's lineup included artists like Patti Labelle, Years & Years, Tegan and Sara, Nelly Furtado, and Deborah Cox, while Chus & Ceballos spun dance tracks for Saturday's festivities.

NYC Pride 2018 is set for June 15-24, and Pride Island Saturday is June 23. The lineup is currently forthcoming, but discover more about New York's biggest LGBTQ event here.

San Diego Pride Music Festival
The lovely city of San Diego is known for a number of things: its beautiful beaches, sprawling restaurant and nightlife scenes, and more recently for its annual pride festival's music lineup. If last year's 200+ set list is any benchmark to go by, you won't want to miss SD Pride 2018.

Headlining the 2017 festival in Hillcrest was ultimate '90s throwback En Vogue, right after Tinashe brought her own '90s hip-hop dance throwback to the mainstage. Estelle had a solid, hourlong performance, and Cazwell brought his boy-crazy bounce to heat things up as the evening hours began to roll in.

For all the circuit queens, San Diego Pride also hosts UNITE! Music Festival--an all-inclusive nightlife experience for the bass-hungry beat lovers. Watch the video above and tell us you aren't getting Queer As Folk vibes.

San Francisco Pride
Need much be said about San Francisco Pride? Truly one of the most citywide prides in the country, nearly all of San Francisco turns it out every June.

Last year's lineup included fan-favorite Betty Who alongside lesser known but absolutely fantastic talent like Mike Taylor, "rap cabaret" artist Boyfriend, and dance empress UNIIQU3.

Come for the historic, progressive LGBTQ culture--stay for the jams.

Back Lot Bash: Chicago Pride Month
You should be jealous of Chicago Pride's women-centered pride festival. With past performers like Ruby Rose, Fortune Feimster, Bridget McManus, Natalia Zukerman, Catfight, and Tori WhoDat, the three-day festival will not dissapoint.

Chicago Pride's official 2018 dates have yet to be released, but check in on its website as we get closer to spring for updates.

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