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Review: Doja Cat and Lil Nas X Steal the Show at 103.5 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball in Chicago

The Allstate Arena and 103.5 KISS FM also hosted performances from Saweetie, Black Eyed Peas, AJR, Bazzi and more on Tuesday night.

Lil Nas X performs at the 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL (Photo via Instagram)


As shown by the energetic sold-out crowd, Chicago music fans couldn’t wait for the return of iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM‘s annual Jingle Ball. Returning to Rosemont’s Allstate Arena, but with new COVID-19 protocol, the Jingle Ball brought an all-star cast of performers across several genres to make up for an unfortunate year off.

One immediate highlight from Tuesday night’s performances was the cast of musicians that blessed the Allstate Arena and Chicago’s Jingle Ball for the first time. Not only did the lineup’s two biggest performers (Doja Cat, Lil Nas X) perform at Chicago’s Jingle Ball for their first time, but the undercard also welcomed new additions like Dixie D’Amelio and Tate McRae. Of course fans were excited for Bazzi and AJR’s return, but the new blood was definitely a reason fans sold out this year’s show well in advance.

From the moment doors opened until the night’s headlining sets, energy was high throughout the packed arena. The night’s opening performers like Dixie D’Amelio, Tate McRae and Bazzi rewarded fans for arriving on time with short-but-sweet performances. Dixie D’Amelio understood the assignment by staying on theme with a performance of her Liam Payne assisted holiday single, “Naughty List”. D’Amelio, who turned her Tik-Tok empire into a music career, also performed her biggest song to date, “Be Happy” before saying goodbye to her Chicago fans.

Bazzi, who is no stranger to the Jingle Ball Tour, also got the mood going with his biggest singles to date, including “Paradise”, “Beautiful” and “Mine”, which fans sang along to from start to finish.

Perhaps the best performance of the night’s undercard was Tate McRae who showed off her impressive vocals and equally talented dancing skills throughout her 5-track set. Tuesday night marked McRae’s return to the Windy City after blowing fans away at Lollapalooza this past summer.

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Throughout the second act of the Jingle Ball’s return, fans were treated to energetic group performances from AJR and Saweetie. Although Saweetie had fans twerking and dancing throughout the venue with songs like “Best Friend” and “Tap In”, it was AJR that burned the house down. The indie pop trio of Adam, Jack and Ryan Met are no strangers to the Jingle Ball, and they go all out, even in an abbreviated performance. One has to wonder how they can have stamina to survive a full set and tour of their own (which will kick off next year with a Chicago date on the schedule).

Next up, Doja Cat did her best to fit in as many as her hits from the past three years as physically possible. With major records like “Say So”, “Juicy”, “Like That”, “Get Into It”, “Kiss Me More” and “You Right”, there was no shortage of hits for her Chicago fans. Doja has yet to announced a 2022 tour, but when she does be sure to get your tickets fast because she puts on a must-see performance, even when sharing the stage with so many other artists.

Although Doja Cat is a hard act to follow, the Black Eyed Peas brought the party to Chi-town with their enormous catalog of hits. From “Boom Boom Pow” to “I Got A Feeling”, the will.i.am led group only brought bangers to their co-headlining set.

Years of hits from the Black Eyed Peas could only be matched by one other artist on the lineup, that being Lil Nax X. The “Old Town Road” overnight star quickly proved he wasn’t a one-hit-wonder with hits like “Industry Baby”, “Holiday” and “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)”, all of which were performed for the sold-out crowd on Tuesday night. Lil Nas X alone was worth the price of admission and combined with Doja Cat and the Black Eyed Pease, the three were perfect acts to close out an especially memorable night of live music.

The Jingle Ball Tour will resume this upcoming weekend with stops on the East Coast. Check out the tour’s official website for more info.


103.5 KISS FM Announces Chicago iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 Lineup: Jonas Brothers, NF, Niall Horan & More


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iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Ball Tour is invading a city near you for another holiday season with some of the biggest names in music today. And if you’re in the Chicago area and you thought last year’s stellar lineup was great, this year’s Chicago Jingle Ball is perhaps the best yet!

Brought to you by 103.5 KISS FM and Capital One, the Chicago iHeartRadio Jingle Ball will return to the Allstate Arena on Wednesday, December 18th and will host performances from the Jonas Brothers, Niall Horan, NF, French Montana, Why Don’t We, Zara Larsson and Lewis Capaldi.

For another consecutive year, Capital One will be the national presenting partner for the Jingle Ball Tour and will allow cardholders to get exclusive access to high demand tickets through their Cardholder Pre-Sale, which will begin on Monday, October 7 at 10:00AM (local time) and will run through Wednesday, October 9 at www.iHeartRadio.com/CapitalOne. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 11 at noon via the Jingle Ball’s official website.

Get more information on Chicago’s Jingle Ball and the rest of the Jingle Balls throughout the country here!

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iHeartRadio and 103.5 KISS FM Bring Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa & More to Chicago’s Jingle Ball


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Last night Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM and iHeartRadio brought their show stopping Jingle Ball to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL.

With a number of amazing performances from some of the biggest names in Top 40 Radio, artists like Dua Lipa, Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi and more blessed the stage to give their Chicago fans a more than memorable night. Year after year, iHeartRadio, KISS and Capital One give Chicago the ultimate present for the holiday season, and this year was certainly no exception.

Up first for the night was nineteen-year-old singer and actress, Sabrina Carpenter. Known first by many as Maya from the Boy Meets World re-boot “Girl Meets World”, Carpenter has been hitting the ground running with her music career. Sabrina rewarded fans for showing up early on Wednesday with performances of ‘Almost Love’, ‘Sue Me’ and more. Next up Bazzi warmed up the crowd and despite only having a couple Top 40 tracks to perform in his young career, the majority of the crowd still sang along word for word while Bazzi performed some of his B-sides and big singles.

Following Bazzi’s entertaining performance, a Jingle Ball regular, Bebe Rexha, blessed the stage. The highlight of the singer/songwriters performance was the “track that changed (her) life”, her Florida Georgia Line-collab, ‘Meant To Be’.

Soon after the star power of the night performed back to back, as Shawn Mendes and Dua Lipa both performed their amazing sets. Two artists that could sell out the arena on their own, Shawn and Dua had no shortage of hits to perform for their Chicago fans.

Then to close the night on a high note, Alessia Cara and later Calvin Harris brought the memorable night to an end. Alessia performed her breakout single ‘Here’ as well as tracks from her brand new sophomore album. Then to get any remaining energy out of the Chicago crowd, Calvin Harris had the crowd dancing with a headlining DJ set.

Check out photos from Chicago’s 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball below, peep our red carpet photos here!

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iHeartRadio’s 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball 2018 Red Carpet In Photos: Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Bazzi & More


Photo by Jesus J. Montero

Last night the annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour returned to Chicago’s Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. And before the talented cast of performers stepped on stage for the star studded night of entertainment, your favorite names in music hit the red carpet backstage, dressed to the nines. Stepping on the red carpet in the Windy City this year was Bazzi, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and more!

Check out our photos from the Jingle Ball red carpet last night in Chicago, and make sure you don’t miss out if the Jingle Ball is still coming to a city near you!

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103.5 KISS FM Adds Halsey to Chicago’s Jingle Ball Lineup


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Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM Jingle Ball just got even better, as the hit Top 40 station added ‘Closer’ and ‘Bad At Love’ singer Halsey to its Jingle Ball lineup on December 13th at the Allstate Arena.

After just selling out the very same arena for her headlining tour, Halsey will join Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and more for the Chicago Jingle Ball.

Get more information for the Chicago Jingle Ball here!

103.5 KISS FM Shares Its Jingle Ball 2017 Lineup: Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, Kesha & More


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Chicago’s 103.5 KISS FM has shared its lineup for the Jingle Ball 2017, again bringing some of the biggest names in Top 40 radio to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Performing at this year’s Jingle Ball will be Demi Lovato, The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Kesha, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Why Don’t We.

Year after year, Chicago’s Jingle Ball continues to out-do itself, so be sure to grab your tickets when they go on pre-sale for Capital One cardholders tomorrow, Wednesday, October 11th, at 10 AM. Tickets will be available for the general public on October 16th at noon at www.iHeartRadio.com/JingleBall.

And as always, 103.5 KISS FM will give back to the community with the Jingle Ball, this year donating $1.00 of every ticket sold to the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, dedicated to inspiring today’s youth entertainment and education focused initiatives.