Published on January 6th, 2016 | by Jerry Doby


Wiz Khalifa to headline second annual Billboard Winterfest

Billboard Winterfest, in its second year, has all the makings of a killer music festival…could it become a modern day Woodstock? Currently the lineup is solid and diverse…may have to fly to Utah for this one! Wait, what’s in Utah food wise?! I’ll be on a local “Best Eatery” hunt as well! Check out the official announcement from Billboard below:


Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Cage The Elephant among performers at four-night Utah festival, January 21-24

Tickets available to general public on Friday, January 8

Additional artist to be named

Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, business, lifestyle and innovations in music, announces that Wiz Khalifa will headline the brand’s second annual BillboardWinterfest, during the Sundance Film Festival and produced with Park City Live, Utah’s premier music venue, set for January 21-24 in Park City.

Tickets for the four-day festival go on sale at 10:00 a.m. MST on Friday, January 8, at ParkCityLive.net.

Billboard Winterfest headliner Khalifa will perform Friday, January 22. His hit single “See You Again” with Charlie Puth broke several charting and streaming records in 2015. With 12 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song tied “Boom Boom Pow” (Black Eyed Peas) and “Lose Yourself” (Eminem) for longest-running rap single to hold the top spot. The song also garnered nominations for a Golden Globe, a Critics’ Choice and three Grammys, including Song of the Year.

Performing on Thursday are The Chainsmokers, whose EP Bouquet debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart in 2014. In December 2015, the duo landed its second No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with “Roses.”

Cage the Elephant, scheduled to play Friday, has placed three albums on the Billboard 200 since 2009, including 2011’s Thank You Happy Birthday, which debuted at No. 2. The band has notched five No. 1s on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.

Kygo, the Norwegian DJ who has notched six top 40 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, will close out Billboard Winterfest on Sunday. Kygo recently charted a pair of top 10s with “Firestone” (featuring Conrad) and “Stay” (featuring Maty Noyes). His remixes of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and a-ha’s “Take On Me” found success in 2015, with his Gaye remix becoming an international hit and his “Take On Me” version hitting the top 10 of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart. Australian musician Thomas Jack will also play Sunday.

“This year Billboard Winterfest represents the second chapter in what is rapidly becoming a highly anticipated tradition for musicians, filmmakers and their fans,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “We are proud to work with Park City Live to program an exciting lineup that showcases entertainment and the arts in a way that other festivals don’t always capture.”

“Each year Park City Live creates a music festival within the film festival and dominates the music scene at Sundance,” said Kathryn Burns, CEO, Park City Live. “We are very pleased to partner with Billboard. Billboard’s unparalleled global media attention and unprecedented position in the music industry raises the bar even higher for 2016. Together PCL and Billboard create the most exclusive nightlife experience during Sundance.”

Billboard Winterfest lineup performance schedule details:

Thursday, January 21: The Chainsmokers

Friday, January 22: Cage the Elephant; Wiz Khalifa

Saturday, January 23: To be announced

Sunday, January 24: Thomas Jack; Kygo

For more information on Billboard Winterfest visit ParkCityLive.net.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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