While some music festivals stick to a single genre, the 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival featured everything from pop to rock to EDM to hip-hop. On Saturday, August 19, the festivities started just after noon but stretched till the end of the night, with Big Sean, Zedd, Capital Cities, and Gucci Mane as some of the last acts of the day.
Gucci Mane took to the Hot 100 Stage wearing a tasseled cap, which was a funny sight considering the weather (hot and sunny all day), but that small bit of humor seemed to fit into his set. After an intro set by a DJ, he performed original tracks and collaborations. Fittingly, he performed his 2016 Rae Sremmurd collaboration- and first number-one single on the Hot 100 chart- “Black Beatles”, to much applause.
It’s been a minute since indietronica duo Capital Cities have seen mainstream attention, but who can forget their hit “Safe and Sound”? They performed two versions of the song (one with a heavier EDM twist), which reached number one on the Alternative Songs chart back in 2013. Their sound has the potential to appeal to fans of pop, indie rock, and dance music, making them a perfect fit for a mixed-genre festival like Billboard Hot 100.
As per tradition, one of the closing acts on the Hot 100 Stage was a DJ, and this time the penultimate act was none other than Zedd. He opened with his second-ever single, “Beautiful Now”, and also dropped remixes of Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving” and Queen’s classic hit “Don’t Stop Me Now.” While Echosmith wouldn’t perform until the following day, the group’s lead singer Sydney Sierota would end up joining him on stage for a rendition of “Cool Kids”. Fans of Zedd’s newer material were able to hear his latest hits “Get Low” (featuring Liam Payne) and “Stay” (featuring Alessia Cara).
Closing things off on the Hot 100 Stage was the one and only Big Sean. He appeared on stage through a cloud of fog, which remained behind him through most of the night. With four studio albums and several collaborations under his belt, he’s got plenty of material to choose from, and his set featured newer hits like “Move” as well as his 2012 Kanye West collaboration, “Clique.” For rap fans of all ages, it was the perfect way to end the day.