It's the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the violent demonstations by the New York City gay community in reaction and retalliation of the early morning raid of the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Back then, homosexuality was still considered a crime, and many lost their lives in the fight for freedom. The next year, the first Pride parade took place in Manhattan, and to celebrate the great acheivements so far made since that horrific day, the whole city bursts with a month of activity, from official World Pride events to unofficial offshoots.
PrideFestival, presented by Absolut Vodka, is one of those celebrations, and international superstar Kygo has been tapped for play the PrideFestival closing party Sunday, June 30.
"I'm honored to play," Kygo tells Billboard Dance. "Supporting the LGBTQ community is very important to me. I've been excited for a while to announce this one, and can't wait to put on a very special show."
The event is called Utopia, and it comes to the Javits Center with all the stops, including support performances from Cirque du Soleil, Kiaara, J Hart, Leomeo and full orchestra accompaniment. Tickets for Utopia are on sale now, and all net proceeds will benefit the LGBTQ charities Stonewall Gives Back Initiative, LIFEBeat, and the Trevor Project. Check the official flyer for more details below.