Jingle Ball 2016

Dec. 5
7:30 p.m.
Festivals, Holiday, Electro Pop, Indie Pop, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

Don’t worry, those shrill screams coming from St. Paul are ones of (loosely holiday-themed) joy. That’s because Jingle Ball, the annual traveling cavalcade of Top 40 hitmakers, is teeny-bopping its way back to Xcel Energy Center with headliners Fifth Harmony, G-Eazy, Diplo, and Backstreet Boys. Pop group Fifth Harmony scored a smash-hit with this year’s bangin’ double-entendre marathon “Work From Home”; rising rapper G-Eazy rode his greaser aesthetic to fame with “Me, Myself, and I” (not to be mistaken with the far superior De La Soul song); mega-producer Diplo is getting radio play with his Major Lazer project’s Justin Bieber collab “Cold Water”; and the Backstreet Boys are back — alright? Other Jingle Ballers include Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara, Gnash, Tove Lo, and Hailee Steinfeld (the last two performers were on last year’s JB roster). As always, 101.3 KDWB DJs will emcee the marathon night of quickie sets.