May 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Icona Pop to play Pride

Icona Pop, a European electronic pop duo, will co-headline this year’s Capital Pride festival along with Emile Sande and one other yet-to-be announced act.

Icona Pop (Photo courtesy Windish Agency)

Icona Pop (Photo courtesy Windish Agency)

They’ll play the main stage on June 9 in the culminating 6 p.m. time slot. This year’s Capital Pride Festival is slated for its usual Pennsylvania Ave. spot between 3rd and 7th streets.

Icona Pop is Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt who met in 2009.

It was, Aino says, “the best thing that ever happened.” The next day, these two girls from the Stockholm suburbs formed an electronic pop duo band and called themselves Icona Pop.

Icona Pop moved from Stockholm to London in 2011 and with an album ready to go, the tunes are in no short supply. Icona Pop says: “We like galloping drums and synthesizers, but we still like the classical pop melodies. And that’s what we are. We don’t have to decide, because there’s no decision to be made. We just have to do exactly what we want.”

The duo received international attention following their debut single “Manners,” released by Neon Gold on French Kitsuné Music and the EP Nights Like This on English Mercury Records.

“We are thrilled to have Icona Pop perform and experience the great atmosphere and energy that our community brings to the festival each year,” says Ryan Bos, executive director of Capital Pride. “Our entertainment committee has been working hard to ensure a great line-up of entertainment all day long on all three stages.  This includes working closely with our presenting sponsor of the Capital Pride Festival Hot. 99.5 who has helped to secure our great headlining entertainment.”

The U.S. Capitol has served as the iconic backdrop to the Capitol Stage for hundreds of performances from local and national entertainers, politicians and activists. Since its inception, the Festival has grown and evolved, and this year is no exception, starting with extended evening hours to enjoy the U.S. Capitol with a sunset dance party. The new festival exhibit hours are noon-7 p.m. and the main stage will go on until sunset, approximately 9 p.m.

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