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October 24, 2018

UPC presents free concert with LAUV

Submitted by Hannah Ens

Platinum-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer and pop visionary LAUV is coming to Kansas State University. The free concert will start at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, on Bosco Student Plaza; doors open at 8 p.m.

Currently touring off his most recent radio single, "Long Way Down," singer, songwriter and indie-rock artist Taylor Phelan will open the concert. In 2014, Phelan was a favorite contestant on the seventh season of NBC's hit reality series "The Voice."

A self-described "hopeless romantic," LAUV's music could be likened to Chris Martin and The Weeknd teaming up to score a movie. Resonating with fans worldwide, that approach yielded over a quarter of a billion cumulative Spotify streams in under a year's time and a sold-out headline tour as his profile skyrocketed throughout 2017.

"I Like Me Better" comprises just one phase of LAUV's debut playlist, "I met you when I was 18." Collating all of his music and the 2017 single "Easy Love," the project brings everything full circle as he confidently steps into new territory.

He released his new single and video, "There's No Way," featuring Grammy-nominated artist Julia Michaels on Oct. 1.

Ultimately, LAUV's vision has only just begun to unfold.

"For me, becoming LAUV was about realizing it's okay to be vulnerable, honest, and not hide your emotions. In being open, you realize that more people than you might've thought feel the exact same way or have been through the same things. We live in a world where a lot of people are afraid of really expressing themselves. They want to portray an image of perfection on social media. The reality is we're human. I want you to hear my music and feel, 'I can be honest and vulnerable with the people around me.'"

LAUV returned to the U.S. in October to kick off his fall 2018 World Tour and open on select dates for Ed Sheeran's stadium tour.

This free event is sponsored by Union Program Council. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Union Ballroom. For more details, visit kstateupc.com or call 785-532-6571.