10 Reasons You Can't Miss Billboard Hot 100 Fest: Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj & More
Airhorn! We're less than two days away from the start of the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. If you'll be anywhere near Long Island, New York this weekend (or hey, even if you're not) Jones Beach Theatre is the place to be. We're amped to present two days of awesome live music, featuring many of the artists currently dominating the Hot 100. With over 40 acts playing three main stages, there's plenty to see and hear, but we went ahead and picked the 10 reasons we're most excited. And -- pssst -- you can still order tickets here.
If you're like us, you can't wait for Makonnen to drop his debut album. There's no news yet, but here's your chance to see what the OVO up-and-comer has cooking. You'll get to see him croon his hit "Tuesday," along with cuts from his outstanding self-titled EP, and the irresistible earworm "Whip It" from his 2015 mixtape Drink More Water 5.
9. New Politics
There's some great rock music at Hot 100 Fest, too. New Politics are a favorite of Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who signed them to his own label, DCD2. You might know them from their breakout single "Harlem," and they've got a great new album out called Vikings. Two-thirds of the band is Danish, and to sweeten the deal, it's also a hometown show for its last third. Drummer Louis Vecchio is a Long Island native, so be sure to show them some local love.
8. Betty Who
Here's an under-the-radar pick: catch Betty Who on Saturday evening. Billboard has been in love with the Australian pop singer for a while, ever since she caught the ear of RCA Records after she soundtracked the viral video of a bonkers marriage proposal inside a Home Depot. If you like Marina and the Diamonds, Robyn or Little Boots, you'll definitely enjoy her cuts from last year's debut LP Take Me When You Go. She's one of the most underrated pop stars in the game; in fact, we've proven it mathematically.
7. Fetty Wap
Not only will Fetty Wap's set be a must-see on Sunday afternoon, but it only lasts a half hour, so you know it's going to be a tight-packed megamix of hits. "Trap Queen," "679," and "My Way" are among the hottest songs of the summer (look out for "Again," too) so you're going to want to see them all in one place.
6. Axwell ^ Ingrosso
It's been a little over a year since Sven Axel Christofer Hedfors and Sebastian Ingrosso came together out of the ashes of Swedish House Mafia. After a string of successful singles (including the life-affirming "Sun Is Shining"), a rocking Coachella set, and rumors of a forthcoming debut album, this will be your chance to see what the duo has up its sleeve. Sandwiched conveniently in between Lil Wayne and the Weeknd's sets on Saturday night, you can sit tight and let the dance party come to you.
5. The Weeknd
Regardless of whether you can feel your face, the Weeknd's Saturday night set is primed to be a killer party. Abel Tesfaye has morphed from a critically acclaimed mixtape connoisseur to a Hot 100-topping star. And rest assured, he still plays some of those mixtape tracks alongside hits like "Earned It," "The Hills," "Love Me Harder," and, of course, "Can't Feel My Face."
By now, it's no secret that Skrillex is awesome live. He mixes all kinds of sounds and styles in his obliterating live sets, and he even dropped a new Selects playlist on Soundcloud this week of his favorite tunes. What else could you catch? He's also been working on the new album from this guy Justin Bieber, but more on that later…
3. Nicki Minaj
If you want to see Nicki live, this is your last chance for a while. After her Sunday evening set wraps, so does the Pinkprint Tour, which began all the way back in March. Nicki Minaj's concert got rave reviews when it came through Brooklyn earlier this month, so get ready for another Minaj power-set from the New York native. You just might be seeing the best rapper out there right now.
2. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber's playing Hot 100 Fest. Ya heard? Are you ready to see the live incarnation of Bieber's metamorphosis from teen icon to Skrillex-approved, grown-up artist? You know they've got "Where Are Ü Now," but there's got to be more, right? The Hot 100 stage at 9:40 Sunday night is the place to find out.
1. Summer's Almost Over, You Guys
Remember when school was getting out, the days were just starting to get longer, and we had no idea what the song of the summer would be? The end is almost here. Labor Day is coming the weekend after next, and -- sorry to mess with your FOMO -- but your chances to watch that 7 o'clock beachside sunset while listening to Nicki Minaj belt "Starships" are running out.