McGraw, Urban play iHeart festival
Monday, July 15, 2013
– Tim McGraw and Keith Urban will be among the artists performing at this year's iHeart Music Festival in Las Vegas in September.
The Band Perry also will be part of the weekend fest.
Urban is playing on the Friday slot along with Katy Perry, Queen + Adam Lambert, fun., Elton John, J. Cole, Muse, Tiesto and Chris Brown.
McGraw will be joined on the Saturday show with Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Phoenix, Ke$sha, Miguel, Zedd, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Benny Banassi.
The show will be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. eastern on Saturday, July 20.
The Band Perry will perform as part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on Saturday afternoon. Others playing include Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, Jason Derulo, Avril Lavigne, Krewella, Cher Lloyd, twenty one pilots, Pete Tong, AWOLNATION and a special guest appearance by Ne-Yo.
T he Festival will broadcast live across Clear Channel radio stations in 150 markets nationwide, and this year will air as a two night special on The CW Network on Sept. 30 (night one) at 8-10 p.m. eastern/Pacific and Oct. 1 (night two) at 8-10 p.m. eastern/Pacific, to launch the network's fall season.
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