New York has been a prime festival market for the past couple of years. With the additions of Panorama Festival in late July and both Electric Zoo and The Meadows in September, there’s some concern that lineups are getting spread thin. After all, there’s only enough bankable talent to go around that is fighting for fans’ hard earned cash. Besides, festivals are a weekend where you can see some of your favorite artists in one place versus a standalone ticket. Some of the ticket prices for an individual band’s show would run you about $90 on average alone.
Billboard Hot 100 Festival returned to The Grounds at Jones Beach Theater almost like an official countdown to summer 2017 being over. A strength of the festival lineup is that it tried to cater to all genres of music while being under the Billboard moniker. Drawing heavily from rap, pop, and electronic genres, it was a cosmopolitan mix of what you would expect from looking at a Billboard 100 singles chart.
The temperature stayed consistent throughout the two day period – beautiful, a gentle beach breeze here and there and hot. To give that summer vibe, it was fitting that the festival was held right alongside Jones Beach. Location wise, it’s a distinct advantage. The crowd was mostly comprised of younger fans around 14-19 years old. With its lineup every year, Billboard Hot 100 makes no qualms about who it’s geared towards – the conventional fan who is in love with many flavors of popular music.
If there was one complaint about the festival, it’s that some of the sets did not go on as scheduled. With all festivals there are some delays to be expected, but some of these were to the tune of 30 minutes over. This made it tough on some already pressing schedule conflicts. Otherwise, in it’s third year Hot 100 did what it was expected to do. It brought together what would be considered some of the top talent in popular music.
Highlights from Day One:
Although a brief three song set, seeing Demi Lovato perform her recent hit “Sorry Not Sorry”
Zedd has a endless string of hits and you realize it when you listen to one of his sets. With Ariana Grande and Alessia Cara just to name a couple.
Sets from up-and-comers SHAED and Fletcher.
Big Sean continuing his solid year as a headliner and closing out day one.
Highlights From Day Two:
Earlier on in the day, the mainstage crowd all singing along to Echosmith‘s “Cool Kids”.
DJ Khaled bringing Asahd to open up his set.
Fans dawning their “Mello Gang” t shirts and flags packing the main stage for the DJ’s set.
Camila Cabello‘s first solo set complete with guitar.
T Pain going through his endless amount of hits and reminding us how much he should be appreciated.
Lil Yachty bringing out ASAP Ferg
Waka Flocka Flame adding an energetic sendoff to the weekend on the Beach stage.