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Chappell Roan Draws Massive Crowd at Pride on the Shore Music Festival

Photo by Ava Grace, courtesy of Pride on the Shore Pittsburgh.

Pink cowboy hats and glittery fringe flooded the North Side on Sunday night for Pride on the Shore headliner Chappell Roan. The pop star performed at the festival on a stop on her Midwest Princess tour.

Chappell Roan, a lesbian who is openly inspired by drag culture, has recently gained more popularity with her single, “Good Luck, Babe!” and 2023 debut album, “The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess.” 

Chappell Roan. Photo by Ava Grace, courtesy of Pride on the Shore Pittsburgh.

The energy was at an all-time high at Stage AE on Sunday night after a day of performances from local drag artists and several co-headlining music artists. At 9:30, Chappell’s set began with a video of a computer Google searching “Am I Gay?” quizzes. She kicked off the show with her hit “Femininomenon.” 

The jam-packed hot pink crowd danced and sang along through the entire set, keeping the same excitement throughout the entire show. 

The singer also noted that this was her first time headlining a festival, eliciting loud cheers from the audience. Chappell recently performed at Coachella, with several moments from her sets going viral on Tik Tok. 

Chappell sang through most of the songs from “The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess,” with standouts “HOT TO GO!,” “Red Wine Supernova” and “Pink Pony Club.” She taught the audience the viral dance to “HOT TO GO!,” inviting the entire crowd to join in during the chorus. 

Photo by Ava Grace, courtesy of Pride on the Shore Pittsburgh.

“Good Luck, Babe!” was one of the best songs of the night, between her vocals during the song and the crowd’s excitement. The single has recently gained traction, with many people in the LGBTQIA+ community relating to the lyrics. 

Chappell sang through 12 songs total, also including fan favorites “Naked in Manhattan,” “Casual,” and “My Kink is Karma.”

The night concluded with a song from her album, “Pink Pony Club,” and a cannon of pink confetti. The song, inspired by the singer’s first time at a gay bar, was the perfect ending to the second night of Pride on the Shore, with the crowd belting alongside Chappell: “I heard that there’s a special place where boys and girls can be queens every single day.”

The second night of Pride on the Shore was an electric finish to the first weekend of Pride festivities throughout the city. The concerts followed the record-breaking parade day, which brought in 103,700 people. 

Chappell Roan. Photo by Ava Grace, courtesy of Pride on the Shore Pittsburgh.
Tia (she/her) is a recent Point Park grad who majored in journalism. She loves all things movies, music, and Pittsburgh! As the summer 2022 QBurgh intern, she’s looking forward to writing about Pittsburgh’s LGBTQIA+ community and highlighting all the cool people doing cool things in the community.