Friday and Saturday night are only part of the yearly event. The Daytime Stage breaks the silence between the evening shows with many hot acts.
This year's DAYTIME STAGE at the 2019 iHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL featured three of the most highly anticipated performances of the weekend in BILLIE EILISH, H.E.R. and JUICE WRLD, who rounded out this afternoon's festivities on a sizzling day at the LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL GROUNDS before an estimated crowd of 30,000.
BILLIE EILISH did her best to grab the spotlight during her half-hour, seven-song set, adding fuel to anyone wondering why pop music’s 17-year-old rookie of the year wunderkind wasn’t booked for the main nighttime event. Wearing a lime-green T-shirt, baggy short and a clunky walking boot protecting a sprained ankle, she opened with the jumpy, ominous “Bad Guy,” the whispery, unlikely pop hit that seeks to correct centuries of patriarchal domination. “You Should See Me in a Crown” is spooky, insistent, EILISH’s vocals barely audible above the crowd hollering along. “All the Good Girls Go to Hell” proves she’s the KURT COBAIN or ALANIS MORISSETTE of her generation, defining a zeitgeist in terms of gender identity, anti-materialism and simply being more human to one another in the wake of encroaching artificial intelligence. She struts the stage with brother FINNEAS O’CONNELL plunking the bass and plucking lead guitar for the bottom-heavy meditation on identity theft, “Cooycat.” which revved up the crowd to an undulating fever pitch mass of bodies. The dreamy “Ocean Eyes” calmed everyone down. She prefaces “When the Party’s Over” by asking the crowd offer gratitude for being alive. “Call me friend but keep me closer.” It’s a measured goodbye to an ex, “Let’s just let it go.” The pounding, clippity-clop “Bury a Friend” asked the question which serves as the album title, “When we all fall asleep, where do we go?” BILLIE EILISH is a teenager for these strangely fraught, apocalyptic times, inheriting an uncertain world, trying to save us from destruction, one song at a time. In this case, let's up what happens in VEGAS doesn't stay there because this was a career performance by any measure.