Hot 100 Fest's 6 Toughest Set Time Conflicts

DJ Snake
Sami Drasin

DJ Snake photographed on July 20, 2018 at Seven Magic Mountains in Las Vegas.

With a festival lineup full of must-see artists, what's a fan to do when artists' set times are within minutes of each other?

Overlapping set times create some seriously hard decisions for festival attendees. For fans attending this weekend's (Aug. 18-19) Billboard Hot 100 Festival, the stacked lineup of artists creates some inevitable tough choices.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help make your decisions just a little bit easier by lining up the overlaps in advance so you can pick your favorites early. Not to say that this will make decisions to skip artists like Cheat Codes for Taylor Bennett or Machine Gun Kelly for DJ Snake (or vice versa) any less painful.

The Hot 100 Festival hits Jones Beach, New York, on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19. Tickets are available here.


Cheat Codes vs. Taylor Bennett

  • Cheat Codes: Hot 100 Main Stage, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Taylor Bennett: Beach Stage, 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Cheat Codes have already established themselves as an EDM favorite with smash hits like “No Promises” and “Only You.” Having had a hugely successful past few years, it might be hard to imagine missing the electronic trio. However, up-and-coming rapper Taylor Bennett might make you rethink that. As the brother of hip-hop sensation Chance the Rapper, Bennett has worked tirelessly to make his own mark on the music industry with his killer 2017 album Restoration of an American Idol, making the decision between between these two nearly impossible.

Kim Petras vs. Lil Xan

  • Kim Petras: Beach Stage, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • Lil Xan: Sun Stage, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Although these two artists are drastically different in style, it certainly doesn’t make the choice of who to catch this weekend any easier. Kim Petras is an emerging pop artist from Germany whose collaborations with big names like Charli XCX have put her on the list of artists to look out for this weekend. On the other hand, Lil Xan has taken the rap industry by storm this year, releasing his debut album TOTAL XANARCHY as well as collaborating with huge artists like Diplo. Good luck with this one.

Jacquees vs. Krewella

  • Jacquees: Beach Stage, 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Krewella: Sun Stage, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Jacquees and Krewella have both earned themselves must-see status, but what is one to do when they’re performing within a short 30 minutes of each other? Even though we can’t make the decision for you, we can give you some direction. If you’re looking for an R&B vibe, definitely check out Jacquees, as his 2018 album 4275 has certainly earned attention. If you’re more of an EDM fan, we'd recommend hitting up Krewella's set on the Sun Stage to dance your heart out to some electronic bops like “Ain’t That Why.”


J.I.D vs. The Knocks

  • J.I.D: Beach Stage, 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • The Knocks: Sun Stage, 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Both J.I.D and The Knocks are swiftly breaking out in their genres, making this an incredibly tough call. Rapper J.I.D impressed fans with his 2017 debut album The Never Never Story and continued to stir chatter over his crazy bars when his XXL Freestyle dropped in June, sparking comparisons to legends like Kendrick Lamar. On the other hand, you have The Knocks, the electronic duo that’s brought you one of 2018’s summer favorites “Ride or Die,” featuring alt-rock icons Foster the People. Although these two couldn’t be any more different in their musical styles, you won't want to miss either. Chose wisely!

French Montana vs. Rich the Kid

  • French Montana: Hot 100 Main Stage, 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Rich The Kid: Sun Stage, 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Possibly one the toughest calls for hip-hop fans this weekend will be choosing between French Montana and Rich the Kid. While French Montana has brought us two decades worth of hits, from older tracks like “Pop That” and more recent bangers like “Bring Dem Things,” Rich the Kid has earned respect with his 2018 debut album The World Is Yours. It's safe to say you'll be impressed by either one.

DJ Snake vs. Machine Gun Kelly vs. Bhad Bhabie

  • DJ Snake: Hot 100 Main Stage, 8:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Machine Gun Kelly: Sun Stage, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Bhad Bhabie: Beach Stage, 8 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Sunday evening delivers Hot 100 Fest attendees with a triple-threat of must-sees with unfortunately overlapping set times: DJ Snake, Machine Gun Kelly and Bhad Bhabie. On the hip-hop side of things, you’ve got rap veteran MGK and industry newcomer Bhad Bhabie. If that choice is just too tough for you, or you aren’t into the rap scene, you’re in luck this time: The massively popular electronic artist DJ Snake will take the Hot 100 Main Stage at 8:45 p.m. for an hour-plus set.


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