Enjoying IheartRadio 2016 in Vegas

Enjoying IheartRadio 2016 in Vegas

I enjoyed my 5th IheartRadio Music Festival a few weeks ago in Las Vegas. I must say that I had an awesome time as I do every year. As a huge music and concert fan, this is the best of the best in my opinion. It’s the best chance to see artist that you wouldn’t always pay top dollar to see. I’m just going to share a few pictures and my thoughts on night 1 (Friday). I will post later this week to recap night 2.

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Outside of the brand new T-Mobile arena. This place was freaking awesome. It wasn’t the most attractive arena during the day but, at night it’s great. The most comfortable seats I have ever sat in for an arena. Britney Spears is on the video screen but, she doesn’t perform until night 2. Can’t wait to go back next year. 
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I was able to score club tickets for the first night so this was my view for the night. I had a lot of executives sitting around me and they were older. I couldn’t help but laugh when they all would Snapchat and jump in on each others snaps. When older people get a hold of a cool app, they really go for it. 
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First act of the night was Billy freaking Idol. I never listened to his music until I learned he was on the lineup. A lot of his songs I knew but, didn’t know he performed them. He looked really good and sounded pretty much the same. He opened with Rebel Yell. For his final song he brought out Miley Cyrus. Iheart always starts off with a bang. 
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Sam Hunt was the second performer for the night. I know he has a lot of popular songs and he pretty popped up out of nowhere. He was alright I guess. At one point he walked through the crowd and stood maybe 5 feet away from me.
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The band I was most excited about came third in One Republic. I have been saying for years that they need to be added to the lineup. I finally got my wish and what great performers they are. Ryan Tedder is really cool and he puts on a good show. They played their bigger hits and their newest song “Kids”. I’d love to catch them on tour soon.
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The performer of the night was Sia. If you don’t know, Sia is very unique. She doesn’t show her face and when she performs she stays stationary. She is on a small podium in the back whole her dancers portray her visions on stage. The voice is amazing and if you don’t believe me please check her out. If you look above at the video screen, you will notice that her dancers are creating stories right there on stage. It was so amazing to see what technology can do with performances like this. She received a standing ovation afterwards. Can’t wait to see her next week in D.C.
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I noticed a lot of Twenty One Pilots t-shirts walking around Vegas. They played the daytime festival a few years ago and I didn’t pay any attention. I have them on my radars now because they put on a kick ass performance. This picture is at the end when Tyler walks through the crowd and climb this small scaffold. He did almost a whole song up here. They made believers out of me.
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I just saw Drake back in August on tour. I was just as excited to see him again. He kept the energy levels very high with his multiple hits. When you go to a Drake show you have to be ready for a lot of pyro as seen above. A great performance should of ended with Hotline Bling, but he didn’t perform it. Bummer.
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The headliners for night 1 were U2. I didn’t think that I would enjoy them but, I watched from start to finish. Their songs sound so good live. Or maybe it was just the presence of Bono…not really sure. 20160923_233313

In conclusion, I had a great time at night 1 of the festival. I did feel that surprises were kept to a minimum other than Miley Cyrus. This night was definitely about the music though. I can’t really complain about that.

I’m Going To IHeartRadio Music Festival!

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I am more than excited to have finalized my plans for the IheartRadio Music Festival in Vegas this September. If I had to choose three favorite things in the world, it’s music, wrestling and video game. The picture above was my view from last years show. I love this festival because it gives me the chance to see music artists that I wouldn’t spend money to see otherwise. It’s also exposed me to a lot of new music that I wouldn’t listen to on a regular day. I have a new found respect for Zac Brown Band after they performed a few years back. The IheartRadio Music Festival is unlike other festivals. The main difference is that it’s indoors. I dislike standing outside in the scorching heat to see my favorite music artists. I guess I’m being picky but, I’ve seen many people in my time collapse from heat and dehydration. It just isn’t healthy to me. I want to list the artists that I get to see this year, I am so excited!!

Ariana Grande – I saw Ariana two years ago at the 2014 festival. She was the last performer before the headliner which I think was Usher (who is also in this years lineup). A lot of great acts had already come and gone and it really took away from her set. She didn’t sound too great in her set. This time around she’s grown quite a bit and her songs cater to a slightly older crowd. I’m excited to hear her this time around. Hopefully she performs earlier in the night.

Billy Idol – A rock n roll icon who I’ve never listened to until this past week. He sings songs that I didn’t know he wrote. The classic artists are always good and I look forward to my first Billy Idol experience.

Britney Spears – Someone I’ve always wanted to see but, never had a the chance until now. Looking at social media, it seems like everyone is excited for Britney. She cant perform like she used to but, I know she’s going to rock the house. She may even headline Saturday night.

Cage The Elephant – I have a buddy who won tickets to see them and he invited. I declined as I have never heard a song of theirs. I guess I should of went.

Drake – I’m actually going to Drake’s Summer Sixteen Tour in a few weeks. I get to see him twice and I’m not complaining. He’s probably the hottest act out right now and I have a feeling he will headline Friday night.

Florida Georgia Line – They make really good music and I look forward to hearing the hits. I’ve seen some of the best country acts here at Iheart. Let’s keep that trend going.

One Republic – Probably the one act I’m looking forward to the most. One Republic is one of my favorite musical acts. It will be my first time seeing them and I’be been hoping that they would do an Iheart eventually. They will probably go on second or third so I need to brace myself.

Pitbull – An artist that I’be always wanted to see but, won’t pay to see a full concert. He does make good music and I’ll be singing along. He has headlined before also. Gonna be weird to see him do a short set.

Sam Hunt – I know nothing of Sam Hunt other than he’s exploded over the past year or two. I expect to hear the women scream.

Sia – Awesome voice and awesome artist. I will see Sia again in October when she’s on tour. No harm in enjoying the hits though.

Sting – Icon Icon Icon! He may reunite with The Police! Only a rumor 🙂

Tears for Fears – Of the four classic acts, this is the one I am most excited about. They were so unique in their sound and I can’t wait to sing “Shout”. So ahead of my time..but it’s great music.

Twenty One Pilots – Have become popular over the last year. I watched them at VMA’s last year and I wasn’t impressed. Hopefully they prove me wrong.

U2 – I don’t know what to say about U2. I know they are one of the biggest bands of all time. There hasn’t been much excitement about them from what I’ve read though. I hope they don’t get the headline spot over Drake.

Usher – A three time Iheart performer (along with Coldplay). I’ve heard most of his songs but, he has a new album. I expect to hear new music which is cool.

ZEDD – Is also a former Iheart performer. I don’t think he has a new album but, I saw him last December. He tore the house down in December. I can’t wait to jump up and down with him in Vegas.

 

 

Live Music, Tidal, and Bad Advertising

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Music streaming has become a very big deal recently. According to Billboard.com, digital music services which include streaming has surpassed physical sales for the first time ever. We have our fair share of choices; the heavy hitters being Apple Music, Tidal and Spotify. I personally have only Tidal at the moment. Thus far it seems like Tidal has provided me with the most bang for my buck. I enjoy watching the live concerts that Tidal provides it’s users. I have my own thoughts about the service itself and I will get to that in a few moments. A few days ago Tidal began to promote that the Future Now Tour; starring Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas would stream it’s opening show live on Tidal. Excitement ran through my bones as I have tickets to this show for next month in Hershey Pennsylvania.

Before I get to my main point, let’s talk about Tidal for a second. To me it seems like events through Tidal never go as planned. Just last week I attempted to purchase tickets for the Made in America Festival. Despite the bad reviews from attendee’s last year, I really would like to see Rihanna. I clicked the Tidal link which took me to Ticketmaster presale only to notice that I couldn’t buy tickets. To top it all off, they eliminated the VIP options with no sense of explanation. Earlier this year thousands of people purchased the newest Kanye West album and failed to received their downloads. It’s been an ongoing thing and last night was Tidal’s second strike with me.

I set aside time out of my evening to sit down and enjoy the Future Now Tour. I really enjoy Demi Lovato and her voice is amazing. As a co-headlining tour, both Jonas and Lovato shared the stage. Jonas performed three song to open the show. Lovato followed up with three of her own. They then brought out special guest T.I to perform three songs. Just when things began to pick up, the stream reverted back to the beginning…WHAT? Tidal advertised a show and only showed 30 minutes worth. I took to Twitter to vent my frustrations and one of the first things I saw was Tidal urging people to re-watch the concert. It was never a full concert to begin with. Demi and Nick sounded amazing by the way! Good thing I was able to secure tickets and plan to enjoy the show next month. Tidal needs to get it together. Is anyone else having issues with Tidal?