By Shaneli Mirpuri
Saturday, May 9 marked the 17th KIIS FM Wango Tango music event that took place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The day-long music festival celebrated Top 40 artists and brought many of the largest artists of today’s music industry onto one stage.
Wango Tango featured a variety of popular music artists ranging from Jason Derulo, Ne-Yo, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, and Kanye West to famed DJ’s Calvin Harris and David Guetta.
With a crowd of over 21,000 people, the stadium shook with the pulse of the music and the crowd’s excitement.
The music festival kicked off bright and early outside the StubHub Center with food trucks, photo booths, and a ferris wheel.
Though the weather was slightly chillier than what most preferred, festival-goers quickly found themselves warming up as they ran around and jumped up and down in their seats while screaming the lyrics to their favourite songs.
However, with over 13 artists performing, there were restrictions on the length of some artists’ performances.
As the headliners, Justin Bieber and Kanye West were granted 30 and 40 minutes, respectively, other performers were granted no more 20 minutes.
New artists like R&B singer Natalie La Rose, known for her hit single “Somebody,” and rapper Lunchbox Lewis, known for his single “Bills,” were given under-ten minutes.
On the other hand, “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” singer Sia was only given seven minutes to share her raw and beautiful voice.
Despite the short set times for some artists, the Wango Tango performances were huge successes and crowd-pleasers.
David Guetta and Calvin Harris were met with energetic chants to every lyric from the crowd as the audience waved their glow sticks in the air.
Nick Jonas and Justin Bieber took the stage to the deafening shrieks of hundreds of teens in the crowd.
In addition, Kanye West delivered a highly anticipated and tight set, a medley of 16 different songs, ranging from his newest single “All Day” to old hits “Gold Digger,” “Heartless,” and “Power.”
There are few things that make you feel more alive than a crowd of people screaming lyrics to songs you have listened to countless times before.
The thunder of the crowd’s feet pounding on the bleachers in anticipation of the next act and the endless screams, cheers, and dances from the audience unified thousands of people.
Wango Tango was a music event for the celebration of the music that we all know and love.