For the first time in its 10-year history, the marque iHeartRadio Music Festival will be a virtual event this year, due to safety concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Participating artists for the10th annual two-day mega-concert will be recorded live on stages in Los Angeles and Nashville in front of a virtual audience, which will include winners from iHeartMedia radio stations.
This year’s festival, again hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will feature performances from BTS, Coldplay, Kane Brown with special guest Khalid, Keith Urban, Migos, Miley Cyrus, Thomas Rhett, Usher, among others.
The show will stream on the CW App and CWTV.com and broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide Sept. 18-19. The CW Network will air the two-night iHeartRadio Music Festival Sept. 27-28 (8-10pm ET).
The company says the 10th anniversary celebration will also feature special remote performances and include intimate backstage moments with artists sharing stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their lives and their families, given the disruption in society and touring this year.
“We worked closely with the artist community to create a safe way for them to step back on stage and perform for millions of their fans on the radio and television,” John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia said in a release. “It’s our commitment to help the artists whose music we play here at iHeart stay connected to their fans.”
The connection between artists and fans will be highlighted in this virtual edition of the festival. Fans will have the opportunity to introduce artists and participate in virtual meet and greets. In addition, those watching live will have the opportunity to appear in a special Capital One Fan Video Wall during the performances.
The weekend-long event will feature a nationwide pre-show broadcast on iHeartRadio stations featuring backstage artist moments hosted by Elvis Duran. As part of the anniversary celebration, some of the greatest moments of the iHeartRadio Music Festival from the past ten years will be featured on iHeartMedia radio stations, the iHeartRadio app and iHeartPodcasts.
“It’s hard to believe that this September will be the 10th iHeartRadio Music Festival,” Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer for iHeartMedia added. “The 2011 Festival was iHeart’s first national marquee event and became the model for our hugely successful series of iHeart-branded music events broadcast and streamed across the country on radio, television and online. More than 200 superstar artists have made our iHeartRadio Music Festival the biggest in the world, and this year’s lineup, even amidst a global pandemic, will be one for the history books.”