Neither bad weather nor jet lag could stop Billboard‘s second Winterfest from dominating the music scene at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
“I was in Paris yesterday — actually, it might have been today,” Travis Scott told the crowd at the Main Street Park City Live venue. “But I took an 11-hour trip around a blizzard to come f— with y’all in Utah!” The Houston rapper-singer-producer was just one of the all-star headliners to hit the mountain town, as he joined Wiz Khalifa, Kygo, Cage the Elephant and others in the intimate, 700-capacity club.
New York duo The Chainsmokers, who energized the crowd with remixes of classics like Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” as well as their new top 10 hit “Roses,” were impressed. “We’ve played here like four times,” the pair’s Drew Taggart told the crowd, which at this point was covered in confetti and champagne spray. “But this is the craziest yet — this is super f—ing lit!”
Unsurprisingly, it was tropical-house heavyweight Kygo who brought the sold-out crowd to its peak on Sunday evening. Fresh off his Cloud Nine Tour, the Norwegian producer took the stage to screams and applause, as he ran through standards including “Stole the Show” and his now-classic remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” Before calling it a night in order to catch an early flight to Aspen, Colo., he told Billboard with a smile, “I’m pretty beat.” What was waiting in Aspen? A much deserved ski vacation.