Dev, XELLE to headline Utah Pride Festival entertainment

The lineup of entertainment is being announced by the Utah Pride Festival. This year, the stages have moved around to help with crowd flow, with the main stage being moved to the southeast corner of Washington Square.
Performers this year will be:

DEV
Main Stage, Saturday at 8p

DEV_at_2011_MMVA_webDev is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. She was discovered by the record label, Indie-Pop, and The Cataracs after her friend Shane Crislip, posted her singing to some beats. Dev’s song “Booty Bounce” was sampled in Far East Movement’s hit single “Like a G6” which reached number 1 in the US and sold over four million downloads in the country.

Dev was signed to Universal Republic in October 2010, and released her debut single “Bass Down Low” in November 16, 2010. She was scheduled to release her debut album The Night the Sun Came Up on September 5, 2011. The album was pushed back and was released in the United States on March 27, 2012. The second single, “In the Dark”, peaked at number 11 in the US chart, making it her most successful solo single to date. Dev in 2014 released two EPs, Bittersweet July and the second part as a follow up to part one.

Dev is currently working on a new album which is scheduled for release in 2015.

Dev’s electro style and “sing-talk” vocal style have been compared to fellow pop singer Ke$ha. Idolator wrote that “Dev’s beats come off a bit more mellow and her songs a little bit more electro than pop.”

Much of Dev’s music is inspired by rap music, as she believes that fans respond to “pop music but with rap roots”. She said, “I’ve always been into hip-hop. Eminem changed my life when I was younger.” The Hollywood Reporter compared her “futuristic” and “pulsing” sound to underground electroclash musicians Peaches and Yelle. Dev’s musical genres have been cited as electro-crunk and electropop.

XELLE
Main Stage, Sunday at 5p

xelle_webYou’ve heard of XELLE. They’re that girl group that threw an illegal dance party on a moving NYC subway train for their debut video, Party Girl. They’re the indie band whose songs and videos are lighting up TV shows, radio stations and dance floors around the world. They’re those sexy girls with huge voices who rocked the stage at your favorite club last night. They are XELLE, and you’ve been waiting for them to come along.

Fronted by dance floor divas JC Cassis and Rony G and produced by international hitmaker Zach Adam, XELLE makes megapop music that the world can’t get enough of. With over 1.5 million views on YouTube, their incredible music videos have whipped the international press into a frenzy.
With a fresh sound that mixes the fun of The Spice Girls, the swagger of Ke$ha and the gorgeous vocal harmonies of ABBA, XELLE is an exciting addition to the pop music landscape. The girls have brought their high energy live show to fans around the USA, and they’ve shared the stage with legends such as Joan Rivers, Lil’ Kim, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Mya, Dev, Mo’Nique, Aubrey O’Day, Blu Cantrell, C&C Music Factory and Deborah Cox.

XELLE promotes a strong message of self acceptance, empowerment and kindness to others. This message inspired the band to collaborate with the nonprofit Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, which works to provide safe school environments free of bullying for students and teachers of all backgrounds. XELLE released the hit single, “Invincible,” and donated the proceeds of song sales to GLSEN.

To protest anti-LGBT crackdowns around the world, XELLE unleashed the powerful human rights anthem, Red Flag. In conjunction with this release, they also started the #iRaiseARedFlag online protest, which aims to inspire everyone who cares about equality to make their views known and raise their voice against oppression.

Other Confirmed Performers during the Weekend:
Barbaloot Suitz \ Cheer Salt Lake \ Mark Dago \ Daniel Day Trio
Fire Muse Circus \ Juana Ghani \ Mary Tebbs Band \ Minx \ Muscle Hawk
My Fair Fiend \ RCGSE \ Saliva Sisters \ Salt Lake Acting Company \ Scenic Byway
Shasta and the Second Strings \ Show Me Island \ Hayley Simpson
Sister Wives \ Spazmatics \ Utah Repertory Theater Company
Justin Utley \ Vagablonde \ VCR5 \ Vinyl Tapestries \ Voodoo Productions
DJ Jesse Walker

Utah Pride will take place the weekend of Thursday, June 4 through Sunday, June 7 at Washington and Library Squares in downtown Salt Lake City.

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