TROYE SIVAN, CHARLI XCX AND FRIENDS KICK OFF PRIDE WEEK WITH FIRST ANNUAL GO WEST FEST IN LOS ANGELES
Additional Performers Included Allie X, Carlie Hanson, Gia Gunn,
Leland, Pussy Riot And More
A Portion Of Proceeds From Last Nights Event Will Benefit GLAAD
Last night, Troye Sivan and Charli XCX co-hosted and co-headlined the first-ever Go West Fest at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. The festival’s name was inspired by the 1979 Village People song about finding a utopian land free of homophobia. Troye and Charli XCX who recently collaborated on 1999 curated the line-up, which included both LGBTQ acts and other artists active in the fight for equal rights. The festival was presented by Live Nationand sponsored by Bud Light and CALVIN KLEIN.
Last night’ s event featured performances by:
Alex Chapman (DJ set)
Alima Lee (DJ set)
Baby Uniq (DJ set)
Kim Anh (DJ set)
K.O. aka Koala (DJ set)
Junior High curated the Go West Fest Artist Circle, an exhibit that included artwork by Creepy Gals, Vanessa Lilak, Jesse McCloud and Tom of Finland. L.A. independent music store Amoeba was a vendor in the Artist Circle and donated 20% of their sales from the festival to GLAAD & Glossier provided & complimentary makeup kits to festivalgoers.
Local partner & LA LGBT Center, world’s largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, was onsite to provide resources and information on its many programs. Guests that donated to the center were entered into a raffle to win a curated collection of art books by Taschen.
Bud Light featured its special-edition Pride bottle that benefits GLAAD to the festival. In support of the campaign, Troye Sivan will donate a portion of the Go West Fest proceeds to GLAAD & Now celebrating the 20th anniversary of its partnership with GLAAD, Bud Lights recently unveiled rainbow aluminum bottle will be sold throughout the month of June to celebrate World Pride. For every case of rainbow bottles sold in the U.S. from May 27 to June 30, 2019, Bud Light will donate $1 to GLAAD, up to $150,000.
The food village included L.A. favorites Afters Ice Cream, which served up custom Go West Fest flavors, Made in Brooklyn pizza and Wings N Waffles.
About Troye Sivan:
Troye Sivan was hailed as the Perfect Pop Star for 2018 by TIME, which declared his new album, Bloom (Capitol Records), as a major artistic achievement. He has appeared on the covers of such publications as Rolling Stone, The New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure section, Out, PAPER and Billboard. His numerous awards include a Billboard Music Award, three MTV EMAs and two GLAAD Media Awards. Troye’s 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, topped the iTunes charts in 66 countries and has sold more than 2.5 million adjusted albums worldwide. Revelation his collaboration with nsi for the film Boy Erased, which Troye co-starred in ߝ was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song ߝ Motion Picture and shortlisted for an Oscar. A strong advocate for LGBTQ rights, Troye has been outspoken about his own experiences as a gay man, often calling attention to the importance of diversifying representation within the entertainment industry. For more information, please visit www.troyesivan.com.
About Charli XCX:
Charlotte Aitchison, aka Charli XCX, is the award-winning talent behind the multi-Platinum and global No1 and I Love It and UK Top 10 Boom Clap. In 2017, she bookended the year with her critically-acclaimed mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2, featured on David Guetta and Afrojacks global smash Dirty Sexy Money and released her standout summer crush anthem Boys. Charli took full creative control across casting, directing and producing the accompanying video, which not only saw her flip the traditional male gaze on its head, but featured an all-star male cast. In 2018, following a series of tracks drops (5 In The Morning, No Angel, Focus and Girls Night Out, heralded mixtape shows and a global support tour with Taylor Swift, Charli XCX returned with the UK Top 15 smash 1999Éd; feat. Troye Sivan. Combined audio streams 1999 have since surpassed 136 million globally. The accompanying video was co-produced by Charli and payed homage to standout cultural references from the year of 1999. Charli XCX has won multiple awards including 2 x Billboard Awards and 1 x YouTube Music Award, alongside nominations at the GRAMMY, BRIT Awards and MTV EMAs. For more information, please visit https://charlixcx.tumblr.com.
About Bud Light:
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, please visit www.BudLight.com.
About Calvin Klein Inc.:
CALVIN KLEIN is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.
Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of CALVIN KLEIN brand products exceeded $9 billion in 2018 and were distributed in over 110 countries. CALVIN KLEIN employs over 11,500 associates globally. We were acquired by PVH Corp. in 2003.
GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
About Junior High:
Through their physical space and quarterly publication, Junior High is dedicated to showcasing the artistic pursuits of marginalized voices. They believe that radical empathy will save the world. Find out more about Junior Highs community-oriented programming and queer-centric mission at juniorhighla.com or on Instagram at @juniorhighla.
About Live Nation:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the worlds leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, please visit www.livenationentertainment.com.