Swedish Pop Sensation Icona Pop Set to Headline the Seventh Annual OUTLOUD Music Festival in Downtown Nashville

Nashville’s largest pop festival will be held on Saturday, September 16.

(NASHVILLE, TENN) August 1, 2023 -- Now in its seventh year, the one-day, diverse music-centric festival in downtown Nashville, OUTLOUD Music Festival, is proud to announce swedish pop sensation Icona Pop as the headliner for 2023 joining The Aces, Brooke Eden, Thelma and the Sleaze, Marielle Kraft, ISMAY, The Kentucky Gentlemen and Daena on Saturday, September 16, 2023.

The duo of best friends Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, Sweden's Icona Pop bring a carefree energy to dance music, including their 2012 smash single "I Love It" that was one of the year's biggest songs and loved by a global audience. Icona Pop remained in the charts with "Emergency," "Next Mistake” and a string of singles with dance music luminaries ranging from Ultra Naté with "You're Free" to Galantis with "I Want You".

Icona Pop is set to release its new album Club Romantech on September 1 just a few weeks before this festival. The first single off the new album “Where Do We Go From Here” is a catchy dose of Europop as the pair sing in unison over dizzying beats according to Rolling Stone.

The festival will also feature drag performances by Venus Ann Serena, Britney Banks, Justine Van De Blair, Delta Granta plus more to be announced.

Tickets start at just $59.00 and include music on two stages plus DJs, drag performances, silent disco, food trucks, craft beer and cocktails, local vendors and activities starting with the kickoff of the festival at 4 pm through the end of the festival at 11 pm.

OUTOUD is made possible with the support of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Jack Daniels, El Jimado, Nashville Cares, Bearded Iris, Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, Camelot Cares, Ranch Water, Hi-Wire Brewing, and The Nashvillian.

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About OUTLOUD Music Festival:

OUTLOUD Music Festival was created in 2017 to celebrate LGBTQI+ and ally musicians/artists. The pop festival is the largest in Nashville and creates a fun, energetic, and diverse line up that celebrates equality. OUTLOUD is an uplifting experience that encourages everyone to come as you are. Each year the festival brings together both national touring acts and regional up and coming musicians and drag performers.

Past years have featured CHVRCHES, Kim Petras, Todrick Hall, Japanese Breakfast, Tank and the Bangs, Betty Who, Lauren Sanderson, Bully, Big Freedia, Jake Wesley Rogers, Greyson Chance, and many more local, regional and national artists.

About Icona Pop:

The duo of best friends Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt, Sweden's Icona Pop bring a carefree energy to dance music and helped define its sound in the 2010s and beyond. Their 2012 smash single "I Love It" was one of the year's biggest songs, introducing their brash, hooky style to a global audience. The pair's 2013 album This Is... Icona Pop was also a success, but in the years that followed, Hjelt and Jawo focused on singles and EPs that found them collaborating with artists and producers including Charli XCX, Afrojack, Hudson Mohawke, and Patrick Berger. Icona Pop remained in the charts with singles such as 2015's "Emergency," and kept their sound fresh with 2018's "Next Mistake." The duo kept the party going into the 2020s with a string of singles with dance music luminaries ranging from Ultra Naté (on 2022's "You're Free") to Galantis (on 2023's "I Want You").

About The Aces:

Sisters Cristal and Alisa Ramirez (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), Katie Henderson (lead guitar/vocals), and McKenna Petty (bass) used 2020 as a time to reflect, confronting personal mental health issues as well as processing experiences they’d had growing up together in Provo, Utah, as part of the Mormon church.

The group has earned over 205 million career streams; ‘Under My Influence’ alone garnered more than 75 million (including 35 million on its lead single “Daydream”). The album also appeared on numerous charts, including #53 on Billboard’s Top Albums list. Further, The Aces have toured with the likes of 5 Seconds of Summer, X Ambassadors, The Vamps, and COIN, and have played at festivals all over the world, including NY Pride, Lollapalooza, Firefly, Bonnaroo, OUTFEST, and more. They also sold out their last U.S. headline tour in 2021.

About Brooke Eden:

Over the last few years Country singer on the rise, Brooke Eden has carved herself a space in Nashville and has become a force to be reckoned with. Heralded by Billboard as a fiery country star-in-the-making," Eden has used her personal journey to self-acceptance to create music that is both bold and passionate with the message that it is okay to be who you are. She was recently recognized at the 2023 GLAAD Media Awards with her nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Artist.