Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2018: Best Moments From Day Two


After a stellar Day One exhilarating sets from the starry likes Halsey, Rae Sremmurd and breakout phenom Lil Xan, Day Two the Billboard Hot 100 Festival at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater got f to a similarly impressive start on Sunday (Aug. 19), with sets from up-and-coming emo rappers, alt-pop talents and social media-dominating celebs. 

See our recap Day Two's highlights so far below, and check back throughout the day for more memorable moments -- including from upcoming headliners Future and DJ Snake -- as they happen. 

1:05 p.m. “This is the part the day where we start waking up,” Logan Henderson screams to the early arrivers for Day Two the festival. The 28-year-old performs “Bite My Tongue” (f his 2018 debut Echoes Departure and the Endless Street Dreams, Pt. 1) with youthful screams fering a new backbeat -- surely courtesy fans his former Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush. And while the Sun Stage is far from sunny right now, Henderson’s take on alt-pop feels right at home. -- LYNDSEY HAVENS

1:39 p.m. Over on the Beach Stage, Pennsylvania native Adam McIlwee -- a.k.a. Wicca Phase Springs Eternal -- is repping the goth- and emo-leaning side 2018 rap beneath the cloudy, beachside Long Island skies. "This is a weird setting to see me in -- 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon and outside," the black windbreaker-clad rapper admits. "But thanks for sticking with me." It all might've been better suited for a dimly lit Brooklyn club (or the middle the woods), but the small-yet-devoted crowd got treated to some sneaky-good nocturnal beats and hooks, and a fitting prelude to Wicca's pal Bexey, whose like-minded brand hip-hop is up next on the Beach Stage. -- CHRIS PAYNE 

2:00 p.m. "Cheers to New York, man," says the East London rapper Bexey in the midst his midday set at the Beach Stage, before taking a swig from his bottle. "I never used to like Henny," he comments. "Peep put me onto Henny." That's Lil Peep, course -- Bexey's best friend and emo-rap icon, who died last November -- who earns the biggest cheers the afternoon, when Bexey spins Peep's "Beamer Boy" and "Benz Truck," shouting tributes to his late friend throughout. -- ANDREW UNTERBERGER​

2:35 p.m. Bella Thorne, playing what she announces to be her first ever live performance, strides out to the beat her 2018 anthem "Bitch I'm Bella Thorne" in a silk robe with lipstick marks and chain links on it, like a boxer entering the ring before the big fight. After an audience singalong to that single, she brings social media influencer Tana Mongeau onstage -- the first several guest stars for Thorne on the afternoon, a list which also includes her manager Irv Gotti and Toronto rapper MadeinTYO, who performs his "Skateboard P" to an enthralled pit audience. -- A.U.

3:06 p.m. Rozes combats the gloomy weather with a string her sunkissed summer-ready tunes. The highlight the pop singer’s set occurs when she whips out a saxophone for “All Me,” her 2016 collaboration with Big Gigantic and Logic. There's even a point where Rozes jokingly announces she needed tape to fix her outfit after dancing a little too hard, and even trades places with her drummer to pound her heart out. -- BIANCA GRACIE

3.31 p.m. As the bass blares out the main stage speakers the wind picks up, fering the perfect (and natural) addition to Sabrina Carpenter’s sultry pop set. She opens with latest hit “Almost Love,” the lead single f her upcoming third album Singular, due out later this year. A full four-piece band accompanies her, along with a backup vocalist and two backup dancers, making the sound her midday set fill the amphitheater. At just 19-years-old, Carpenter’s cool-girl confidence beams out her. Each danceable track after another brings the energy up notch by notch -- including an unexpected cover Arctic Monkeys' slinky alt-rock jam "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" -- while her soaring vocals, and her message, only grow more powerful. She picks up a guitar ahead “Run and Hide,” and says with sincerity: “We all have something in common: music has been there for literally every single one us when people haven’t.” -- L.H.

Billboard Hot 100 Festival 2018: Best Moments From Day Two