Pop star Demi Lovato brings ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ and more to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand


By Isaac Hamlet, Des Moines Register

Demi Lovato will make sure fans can stay cool for the summer with a performance at this year’s Iowa State Fair.

Lovato, who became a household name as a teen star on Disney Channel in movies like “Camp Rock” and shows such as “Sonny with a Chance,” will make their Grandstand appearance at the Iowa State Fair at 8 p.m. on Aug. 14.


Since those Disney Channel days, Lovato has made a name as a pop star, releasing hits like “Give Your Heart a Break” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” Even as their focus moved to musical performance, however, Lovato has also continued to act on occasion, appearing on TV shows including “Will & Grace” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”


Lovato’s latest studio album, “Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over,” was released in April 2021 alongside a documentary, “Dancing With the Devil,” which spoke to the artist’s recovery from a 2018 overdose that brought them near-death after three strokes and a heart attack.

The artist has performed in Iowa before, notably in 2016 when visting Iowa City with then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, drawing a crowd of 1,700 to the University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union.

Tickets for Lavato’s State Fair performance range from $35 to $65 and are available through iowastatefair.org starting at 10 a.m. this Friday.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at [email protected] or 319-600-2124, or follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.

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