• Imani Santos

The 2020 iHeartRadio Festival is Still Going Strong Amid Pandemic

On July 21st, iHeartRadio announced that the annual iHeartRadio Festival will take place virtually, with this being the festival’s 10th anniversary. Featured artists including: Coldplay, BTS, Migos, Miley Cyrus, Keith Urban, Usher, Thomas Rhett, and Kane Brown with special guest Khalid, will be taking the stage between Los Angeles, California and Nashville, Tennessee. According to iHeartRadio, “This year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival will pay tribute to the connection between fans and artists. Music fans will have the opportunity to introduce artists, as well as enjoy virtual meet and greets. Finally, fans watching live will also have the chance to appear in a special fan video wall and be serenaded by their favorite artists.” The virtual concert will be spread out between two days, from September 18th to September 19th and will be broadcasted live on the CW and iHeartRadio stations at 9pm EST. And if that wasn’t enough, a two-night festival highlights special that will air on September 27th and 28th from 8pm to 10pm EST, also broadcasted on the CW and iHeartRadio stations.

Covid-19 has affected multiple festivals and live concert events this year including: Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governors Ball, Lollapalooza and SXSW events just to name a few. The music industry has been affected heavily by the coronavirus outbreak and the social distancing guidelines that have come with it. Social gatherings as big as ones concerts and festivals require won’t be able to happen until next year. Many normally live in-person events have been able to make do however, like Global Citizen’s Together at Home livestream featuring various artists which helped to raise over $128 million to battle Covid-19, and artists themselves doing virtual concerts like Erykah Badu’s Quarantine: Apocalypse 3, Post Malone’s Nirvana tribute, and Tinashe’s Songs For You live concert through Wave.

The future of in-person concerts and festivals is still quite iffy, but with multiple events already planned for the Spring of next year, most people are going into 2021 with a hopeful spirit.

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