The iHeartRadio Music Festival is a two-day festival held each September since 2011 by iHeartRadio at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada, (in 2013 the Village Stage was added). The 2011 edition was broadcast by VH1, while every edition since 2012 has been broadcast by The CW.The shows get subsequent replays on Palladia.
The two-day festival was expanded in 2013 with the addition of the iHeartRadio “village”, a separate event free to attend for those who won tickets to the main event or available for separate purchase.According to Billboard, the main festival “showcases some of the most well-established artists in the genre” while the village showcases newer, rising acts. In 2013, the magazine wrote that the festival had “quickly established itself as a home to every major artist.
Entertainment Weekly in its review of the inaugural festival called out the rotating stage as a mechanism that kept the show on schedule, noting that the festival “was all about instant gratification” with a general focus on radio hits. In 2012, the angry departure of singer Billie Joe Armstrong from the stage after organizers ended the Green Day set prematurely prompted coverage by news outlets such as Billboard, MTV, Fuse and Huffington Post.