Jingle Ball 2011 lineup: Pitbull, Demi Lovato, The Script, David Guetta and more
Year-end radio festival season is nearly upon us, what with Wild 94.1's Last Damn Show on Nov. 18 and 97X Next Big Thing on Dec. 3. Today, 93.3-FLZ announced the bill for its third annual Jingle Ball, slated for Dec. 11 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, and it's loaded with some of the biggest radio hitmakers of the past couple of years.
Rapper Pitbull (Give Me Everything), Irish rockers The Script (Breakeven) and megaproducer and DJ David Guetta (When Love Takes Over, Sexy Bitch) are three of the biggest pop names on the bill. Tweens will go nuts for troubled Disney pop princess Demi Lovato (above) and Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush. Joining them all will be R&B crooner Jason Derulo (Whatcha Say), Cobra Starship (Good Girls Go Bad) and acoustic pop duo Karmin (best known for their incredible, viral cover of Chris Brown's Look at Me Now) round out the bill.
While the lineup may not be quite as A-list as last year's (Maroon 5, Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars, B.o.B.), it's still a solid mix of past Jingle Ball performers (Pitbull, Derulo), new faces (Karmin, Big Time Rush) and big-name artists who haven't appeared in Tampa Bay in quite a while (Guetta, Lovato). And 93.3 does a solid job giving fans up-close-and-personal access to every star on the bill -- especially in the Metro PCS Celebrity Club, which always features meet-and-greets and an acoustic performance -- so it's always a pretty fun time.
And don't forget, in each of the past two years, there was at least one up-and-coming artist added to the bill, either as a performer or a Celeb Club guest -- in 2009 it was Ke$ha, in 2010 it was Dev -- so keep an eye out for any late-breaking additions.
Tickets to the Jingle Ball went onsale to the station's Prize Pig members today, and will be available to the general public via Ticketmaster starting at 10 a.m. Saturday (10/29), starting at $29.33, and going up to $109.33 for Celeb Club access. Click here to get them. But if you want the best deal in town, head to the St. Pete Times Forum box office starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, where a limited number of tickets will be available for just $9.33, with no fees (limit one per person).
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*