Exclusive: Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX to headline expanded L.A. Pride Music Festival

Carly Rae Jepsen kicks off Fleetwood Mac Fest at the Fonda Theater on Feb. 10, 2016, with her rendition of "Hold Me." Read the review.

Carly Rae Jepsen kicks off Fleetwood Mac Fest at the Fonda Theater on Feb. 10, 2016, with her rendition of “Hold Me.” Read the review.

(Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)

The L.A. Pride Music Festival & Parade has transformed its annual music event into a three-day ticketed event with an expanded lineup of electronic, pop, hip-hop, R&B and Latin artists, organizers told The Times.

Pop sensations Carly Rae Jepsen and Charli XCX and electronic dance music duo Krewella will headline the 2016 edition of the festival, organizers are expected to announce later Tuesday.

Set for June 10-12 in West Hollywood, the L.A. Pride Music Festival anchors a weekend of events celebrating the LGBTQ community, including a massive pride parade that attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants. Nonprofit group Christopher Street West organizes the event.


More than 50 acts have been booked for this year’s event.

Rising alternative R&B singer Gallant, avant-garde rap star Le1f, bounce artist Big Freedia, actress and dance-pop singer Hailee Steinfeld and buzzy young singer Shamir will be some of the weekend’s biggest draws.

The main stage will showcase everything from Top 40 hit makers to emerging artists.

Diana Reyes, Maribel Gaurdia and Mariana Seoane are among the top billing for this year’s latin stage. And the hip-hop stage will feature hitmakers like Faith Evans, Da Brat and Trina. Organizers have also added a fourth stage, which will be programmed with dance music.

“This year we doubled down on talent and are excited to have such a strong lineup performing at the Music Festival,” Christopher Street West president Chris Classen said in a statement. “Our Festival rivals other major music events around the country and offers a lineup you can’t find anywhere else among LGBTQ events, and at a fraction of the cost of other music festival tickets.”

Tickets are already on sale. General admission three-day passes are $55 until June 3, with VIP passes priced at $125 for the weekend. Single-day tickets are also available and start at $30.

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