Glendale College's Student Magazine
Wednesday June 20th 2018

Wango Tango 2016: KIIS FM’s festival showcases popular new music

KIIS FM hosted their 19th annual one-day festival at StubHub Center, Carson on May 14. With 12 artists from all around the world, the sold-out Wango Tango couldn’t be anything else than a perfect day full of sing-alongs and dancing in the sun.

Demi Lovato kicked off the show with her single, “Confident,” wearing a golden dress to match her gold microphone. Before starting her new single “Stone Cold” she told the crowd that “this song represents me best as an artist and who I am as a person.” She ended her set with “Cool For The Summer,” before giving the stage to 19-year-old Alessia Cara. Cara was dressed in jeans, a white t-shirt and a red cap. She performed four songs including her recent singles “Here” and “Wild Things.”

I took a pill in Ibiza
To show Avicii I was cool
And when I finally got sober, felt 10 years older
But f*@k it, it was something to do
I’m living out in LA
I drive a sports car just to prove
I’m a real big baller ’cause I made a million dollars
And I spend it on girls and shoes

It wasn’t until Mike Posner took the stage and performed his first single “Cooler Than Me” that the crowd went crazy, as Posner pointed out. He did a mashup of his songs before ending it with a stripped down version of his international hit “I Took A Pill In Ibiza.”

DNCE, with frontman Joe Jonas, sang two of their four songs from their EP “SWAAY” before welcoming their special guest Hailee Steinfeld to sing a duet of “Rock Bottom.” Before ending their set, they had the whole crowd singing along to TLC’s 90s hit “No Scrubs” and during their own single “Cake By The Ocean” the band decided to scatter through the crowd, running to different ends of the arena.

Iggy Azalea performed five of her top hits: “Black Widow,” “Work,” “Azillion,” “Fancy” and “Team.” Azalea started off on a rocky note, but eventually picked up the pace with rapping and dancing. “She needs subtitles,” an audience member remarked.

It was time to please the screaming girls and boys and let former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, take the stage. His set list contained both “She Don’t Love Me” and “It’s You” from his latest album “Mind Of Mine.” Disappointment was in the air, however, when Malik left the stage without singing his first single “Pillowtalk.” Even though Malik didn’t say much between his songs, the crowd and his fans were happy to finally hear his famous high notes during his last song for the night: “Like I Would.”

From one celebrity to the next, the Norwegian DJ, Kygo kicked off his set with one of his first remixes, “Sexual Healing” by Marvin Gaye. He went through a number of songs including “Firestone” and “Carry Me” from his new album “Cloud Nine” that was released on Friday. Kygo performed two songs with special guests, the first being Maty Noyes for the song “Stay.” For his last song he welcomed Parson James to the stage to sing “Stole The Show” as confetti covered the crowd.

Grammy winner Meghan Trainor entered the stage in a pink glittery dress and sang hits like “Lips Are Movin” and “All About That Bass.” She did her newest single “Me Too” before asking the crowd if they had any champagne problems (or first world problems) such as no Wi-Fi or when your Uber is late and then said “Well, I got some champagne problems” and performed the song with the same name, then transitioned into her latest chart-topper “No.”

One artist who’s produced hit after hit in the last 20 years and the night’s highlight performer, Gwen Stefani, walked in on stage, and the crowd went wild as soon as she started her single “Wind It Up.” Before singing her single “Rich Girl” she told the crowd “I’m here to get some love. I need a little love from you. You’re going to give me a little love and I’m going to give you some love back. How about that?” At the end of her song “Baby Don’t Lie” she kept telling the crowd that she hate liars, then she turned the hate to love and told the crowd that she has a new album out and joked about that it was a miracle (it’s been 10 years since her last album) before introducing her newest single “Misery.”

Few times I’ve been around that track
So it’s not just gonna happen like that
‘Cause I ain’t no hollaback girl
I ain’t no hollaback girl

Stefani asked the crowd if they were feeling her love, because that was all she cared about, and that she was going to give them a little love and introduced another new song called “Make Me Like You.” It was time for one of the best, if not the best song of the entire show, “Hollaback Girl.” From beginning to end, the whole crowd sang along with every breath they had. The last song of Stefani’s set was also a crowd pleaser and a sing-along as she performed “The Sweet Escape.” The only bad thing about the black dip-dyed haired Stefani’s performance, was that it ended.

They continued with girl power when The X Factor group Fifth Harmony came in to the tunes of “Worth It.” They sang and danced to their hits “BO$$” and “Sledgehammer.” After singing their latest single “Write On Me” they left the stage, only to return moments later for an encore performance of “Work From Home.”

Next up was the dynamic duo, The Chainsmokers, who filled their 20 minute set with remixes of Skrillex and BeBe Rexha but also their own singles, such as “Kanye,” “New York City” and their newest single “Inside Out.” During their Coldplay remix, Andrew Taggart told the crowd to take out their phones and turn on their flashlights to make the arena look like a sky full of stars. They had the whole crowd sing-along to Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under The Bridge” before transitioning over to their own single “Roses.” When the crowd heard the words “my mama don’t like you and she likes everyone” they knew that they were in for a Justin Bieber remix of “Love Yourself” and screamed a little louder. For their new single and last song of their set, “Don’t Let Me Down,” Taggart told the crowd to not let him down and called in the singer Daya to come out and sing her part of the song.

KIIS FM chose Ariana Grande to close the show with her nine-song set list, starting with “Bang Bang” where she, besides singing her own part, also rapped along to Nicki Minaj’s portion. Dancing in her high heels and furry coat, she sang her singles “Problem” and “Break Free” with the crowd singing along with every word. Before her first single “The Way” she told the crowd that “KIIS FM is one of my favorite stations in the world and I feel like I owe so much to them because KIIS and John Ivey (Senior VP at Clear Channel) were my first supporters, they broke ‘The Way,’ my first single ever. So I’m very appreciative of KIIS and my Los Angeles babes.”

She got help from the crowd to start of her next song, “Love Me Harder.” She ended her set and the night with four songs from her new album, “Dangerous Woman,” that comes out May 20. The singles “Be Alright” and “Into You,” the song “Greedy” and closing this year’s Wango Tango she sang her single “Dangerous Woman.”

About Tina Fernestam
Tina Fernestam was born and raised in Sweden, but she wanted to get out of her comfort zone so she moved to the United States in 2015. She is majoring in journalism. In her free time she loves taking pictures, watching sports and spending too much money on concerts.

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