Dua Lipa opens Night 1 (Photo: iHeartRadio)
This year’s iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL made its epic comeback at the T-MOBILE ARENA in Las Vegas this weekend, with two star-studded nights.
DUA LIPA, CHEAP TRICK, WALKER HAYES, FINNEAS, DARIUS RUCKER, WEEZER, J. COLE and NELLY with FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE got the party started on FRIDAY night, while BILLIE EILISH, SAM HUNT, THE KID LAROI, COLDPLAY, LIL BABY, JOURNEY and KHLAID with special guest TATE McRAE took to the stage SATURDAY night.
DUA LIPA got the party started on FRIDAY night, giving everyone a touch of “Future Nostalgia” and getting everyone to stand up and dance to hits like “Physical”, “New Rules”, “Love Again”, “Levitating” and more. Country star WALKER HAYES blackmailed everyone on APPLEBEES on a date and OREO shakes up with her hit song, “Fancy Like”. FINNEAS is releasing their debut album, “Optimist”, next month, and showcased the project with their set, rocking the house with their closing song “The 90s”. RUCKER didn’t just perform some of his country hits, he brought back HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH with “Only Wanna Be With You”. And, what could be more iconic than ending with fan favorite “Wagon Wheel?”
The WEEZER iconic rock set featured favorites like “BEVERLY HILLS”, “Hash Pipe”, “Holiday In The Sun”, their cover of “AFRICA” by TOTO, “Say It Ain’t So” and “BUDDY HOLLY “… all with RIVERS CUOMO boasting of his patented mullet and mustache. Fresh off the basketball court, J. COLE took to the stage to perform songs including “LONDON”, “Power Trip”, “No Role Modelz” and even brought in BAS to perform “The Jackie”. The evening ended with NELLY and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE releasing their collaborations, like “Lil Bit”.
EILISH kicked off the second night with FINNEAS, performing an eclectic set list of hits from her 2019 album. “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? And her recent sophomore release,” Happier Than Ever, ”including“ Oxytocin. ”Hits like“ Viva La Vida ”and“ Fix You ”.
LIL BABY dived into his 2017 bag and gave audiences a dose of nostalgia, performing “My Dawg” and his 2020 TIKTOK anthem, “Woah” – which he performed alongside a few young TIKTOK dancers. KHALID rocked with fans on his hit records “Talk”, “Young, Dumb & Broke” and “OTW”. He also surprised the crowd by bringing out TATE McRAE to perform their summer anthem “working”.
Burning SCOOTER BRAUN management client THE KID LAROI, after hitting the DAY SCENE earlier today, returned to the Night 2 stage to deliver several of his hits. The two-night festival ended with JOURNEY, which blew the crowd away with the startling vocals of ANREL PINEDA and indelible performances by NEIL SCHON, JONATHAN CAIN, DEEN CASTRONOVO and MARCO MENDOZA. “Don’t Stop Believin” was the grand finale, of course, and the crowd was inundated with confetti as the final notes played.
SATURDAY afternoon DAYTIME STAGE at AREA 15 featured performances by OLIVIA RODRIGO, THE KID LAROI, SAWEETIE, ALL TIME LOW, 24KGOLDN, RUSSELL DICKERSON, YUNGBLUD, GABBY BARRETT, TATE McCRAE and CONAN GRAY.
DUA LIPA and 24GOLDN received their TITANIUM AWARDS celebrating songs that have reached a billion audience turns on iHEARTRADIO stations.
The iHEART RADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021 will air on THE CW NETWORK on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 and SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 from 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. (ET / PT).
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