The world's most iconic and hottest emerging music artists will take the stage by storm during the two-night broadcast presentation of the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Festival October 2 & 3 on CW18.
The annual event continues the tradition of kicking-off The CW's new fall season, this time taking the honor of being the network's first-ever Saturday programming in its 15-year history. The CW announced earlier this year that it was expanding and achieving its longtime goal of providing a 7-day, 14-hour schedule of content to affiliates. That dream will be realized Saturday, October 2nd at when night one of event coverage hits screens at 7pm.
Now in its eleventh year, the iconic iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in September after compiling a virtual event in 2020 using performances on sound stages in Los Angeles and Nashville due to the global pandemic. This year's return brought with it the non-stop chart-topping hits, musical World Premieres, and never-before-seen collaborations fans have come to expect from biggest multi-genre music event anywhere. Viewers can expect to see another astounding collection of talent, with the lineup including Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Darius Rucker, Dua Lipa, Finneas, J. Cole, Journey, Khalid, Lil Baby, Nelly, Sam Hunt, Weezer and more, with special guest performances by Florida Georgia Line and Walker Hayes.
“This year’s Festival will be historic for many reasons,” said Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia. “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.”
The inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival took place in Las Vegas in September 2011 to celebrate the official launch of the iHeartRadio App, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio service which now has more than 2 billion app downloads and more than 135 million registered users. The initial lineup included all-star performances from Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, Black Eyed Peas, Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Jane's Addiction, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, Rascal Flatts, Bruno Mars, Sublime with Rome, Kelly Clarkson and special performances from Usher, Sting and Jeff Beck.
Over the last decade, the iHeartRadio Music Festival has continued to bring together the biggest artists across all genres on one stage over two nights in Las Vegas including U2, Bon Jovi, Childish Gambino, Drake, Fleetwood Mac, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Luke Bryan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mary J Blige, Prince, Shawn Mendes, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The Killers, The Weeknd, and more.