iHeart Radio Music Festival 2020: Date, host, performers line-up and all about Las Vegas event

The 11th iHeartRadio Music Festival is set to kick off this September with performances by stars like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo and Coldplay

                            iHeart Radio Music Festival 2020: Date, host, performers line-up and all about Las Vegas event
Billie Eilish, Cheao Trick and Olivia Rodrigo (Photos by Charley Gallay, Phillip Faraone, and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This autumn, the 11th iHeartRadio Festival presented by Capital One will return to Las Vegas, bringing with it some of country music's biggest names for some unforgettable live performances.

MEAWW recently reported on other music festivals coming up this year. The Japanese FNS Summer Song Festival is set to feature BTS and Enhypen in its lineup. California's Coachella Music and Arts Festival is not taking place in 2021 and has been postponed to 2022, owing to the raging coronavirus pandemic. Taylor Swift, who was planning to reschedule her much-anticipated concert called ‘Lover Fest’ has officially scrapped the idea of going ahead with it.


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Since 2011, iHeartRadio has staged a two-day music event along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, every year in September. The two-day music festival last year featured a star-studded lineup with artists such as Miley Cyrus, BTS, Coldplay, and more. Here's all you need to know about this year's show.


According to a poster shared by iHeartRadio on their official Twitter, the festival will take place on Friday, September 17, and Saturday, September 18 at 7.30 pm for both nights. The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival will be aired live for fans on iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country in over 150 cities each night. 

The two-day music concert festival was hosted in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 2011 through 2015. In 2016, the iHeartRadio Music Festival moved to the T-Mobile Arena and has hosted the main portion of the festival since. It will be the venue for this year's performance as well.



How to watch

The CW Network will exclusively live stream both nights through the CW app and CWTV.com, while iHeartMedia radio stations in over 150 cities will also carry the event live. The CW will also air a two-part television special of the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival on Oct. 2-3 from 8 to 10 pm ET.


AXS.com began selling tickets to the general public on Friday, June 25 at 11 am PT/2 pm ET. Ticket prices range from $86.75 - $855.50, according to their website. The iHeart Radio Twitter page on Thursday, August 12 shared that on August 13, music fans can buy a ticket to the festival and bring a friend for free.


Ryan Seacrest of 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' fame is set to be this year's host. The television presenter, producer hosts programs on multiple media platforms as well, including 'American Idol', 'American Top 40', and 'On Air with Ryan Seacrest'.


Performers Line-up

Among those announced, this year's line-up will include performances by:

Billie Eilish
Olivia Rodrigo
Cheap Trick
Addison Rae
Dua Lipa
The Kid Laroi
All Time Low
Conan Gray
Florida Georgia Line
Lil Baby
Maroon 5
Sam Hunt
J. Cole

Finneas is set to be a special guest, with more to be announced.



"This year’s festival will be historic for many reasons," said Tom Poleman, chief programming officer for iHeartMedia, in a statement according to Billboard. "Not only will it be the first time all of these artists are together on the same stage, but also because it’ll be in front of a live audience. We’ve all been waiting for this moment – live music is back, and we’ll be celebrating like never before."

'People need BTS'

Fans took to Twitter to share their views about the upcoming show, especially about bringing a friend for free. "For free? Isn't olive oil the most streamed artist on Spotify? then there wouldn't be any seats left right? So what's with the 'bring your friend for free' agenda? What happened to the gp?" said one. "I’ll buy a ticket if y’all promise to play bts on your radios since those fandoms yall play all the time aren’t stepping up," said another. "The fact that y'all are offering free tickets proves that people don't actually listen to these singers, they just do it because they want to step on us... Like come on 11 singers can't sell out 750 seats????" a third chipped in. "It's pandemic. People need entertainment from the right artist like BTS to distress. So how abt just turning this festival into a charity event. No sales of tix. Afterall it's only 750 pax capacity. I am sure you can fill up the venue easily," a fan said.