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The iHeartRadio Music Festival is a two-day music concert festival held every year in September since 2011 by iHeartRadio along the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
From 2011 to 2015, the festival was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2013, iHeartRadio added the free Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival which takes place at the Las Vegas Village. In 2016, the iHeartRadio Music Festival moved to the T-Mobile Arena (in unincorporated Paradise), and has hosted the main portion of the festival since.
The annual event has aired as a television special every year since its launch. In 2011 the event was televised by VH1, while every edition since 2012 has been broadcast by The CW, kicking off that network’s fall television season.
According to Billboard, the main festival “showcases some of the most well-established artists in the genre” while the village showcases emerging artists. In 2013, the magazine wrote that the festival had “quickly established itself as a home to every major artist.”
The iHeartRadio Music Festival is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of major concert events, which includes the iHeartSummer’17 Weekend by AT&T; the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour; the iHeartCountry Festival; and the iHeartRadio Music Awards. […]
New York, NY – August 14, 2013 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment today announced that legendary artist Paul McCartney has been added to the line-up for the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the two-day music event hosted by Ryan Seacrest at MGM Grand Las Vegas. Paul McCartney joins an extraordinary line-up including Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, J. Cole, Elton John, Muse, Tiësto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, fun., Miguel, Bruno Mars, Phoenix, Zedd, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Drake, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi, plus a rare live appearance by legendary rock band Queen + Adam Lambert, this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, The Summer Set and other special surprise guests to be announced later.
Paul has spent much of 2013 on his Out There tour, winning unprecedented praise wherever it goes, and is currently working on new material.
“After only two years, the iHeartRadio Music Festival has attracted the biggest music artist in the world,” said John Sykes, Co-executive Producer of the iHeartRadio Music Festival and President of Entertainment Enterprises, Clear Channel. “Having Paul join this year’s already spectacular and diverse lineup heightens the excitement for what has become the most anticipated music festival of the year.”
“The addition of Paul McCartney to the lineup underscores the magnitude and diversity of the iHeartRadio Music Festival,” said Tom Poleman, Co-executive Producer and President of National Programming Platforms, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. “There’s no bigger icon in music.”
From Paul McCartney Debuts Two Songs At The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 | Music Times, September 24, 2013:
71-year-old rock legend, Paul McCartney, debuted two new songs off his upcoming album, “New,” at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend. He also played his previously released single, “New,” which comes off the album as well.
The first track he debuted was the hard-driving, psychedelic “Save Us,” produced by Paul Epworth. […] He then played the eastern-influenced pop song “Everybody Out There,” produced by Giles Martin. […]
I recently did a show in Las Vegas called “iHeartRadio” — it was Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, me. It’s a great show to do; we were all very excited. But when we got on, it was not like those people were all there to see me. And someone said later, “You know, that was no one’s audience. That wasn’t Justin’s audience, it wasn’t Bruno’s, it wasn’t Miley’s, it wasn’t yours. It was nobody’s.” And then someone reminded me, this is Las Vegas: When you check into a hotel, you get complimentary tickets to all the shows if your room’s big enough. So suddenly, you realize you’re playing to those people who are actually just working out when they’re going to get to the casino. That can be a little nerve-wracking, because you’re spoiled with your own audience, and now they’re not reacting in the same way. So those little insecurities come in. But generally, when it’s my own audience, we have a lot of fun. It’s where we’re a family.Paul McCartney – from interview for NPR Music, October 15, 2013
Last updated on April 10, 2021
Setlist for the concert