Jingle Ball makes its return to DC

graphic by Maddie Sievers


In a few weeks, almost 20,000 people will groove to the beat of Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass.” They will sing along to summer anthem, “Fancy” and sway to the beat of Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap.” All of these artists and more will perform at Jingle Ball, an annual mega-concert held at the Verizon Center on Monday, Dec. 15.

The lineup includes 16 artists, such as the aforementioned, plus solo acts Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato and boy band 5 Seconds of Summer.

“I am most looking forward to Demi Lovato and Jessie J because I am a big fan of their music, specifically Demi’s,” junior Shannan Mitchell said, “and they are both huge powerhouse singers that I know will be great in concert.”

There are some lesser-known artists, such as Kiesza, performing alongside the best-selling pop stars. Kiesza is a Canadian singer-songwriter known mostly for her single, ‘Hideaway.’
“I don’t know the artist,” Mitchell said, “so I’ll have to see her perform to know if I like her.”

While some relatively unknown artists have been added to this year’s lineup, the list has grown a lot from last year’s set of nine groups and artists to 16 total acts. Last year’s Jingle Ball included alternative groups like Paramore and Fall Out Boy, both of whom will not be returning this year.

“The lineup was good last year,” senior Madeline Wann said. “It had something for everybody; it wasn’t a bunch of artists all of one genre.”

Even though Wann enjoyed last year’s Jingle Ball and especially Miley Cyrus’ performance, she will not be attending this year because of how expensive tickets are, she said. The price of tickets range from $50 to $1300.

Despite the cost and addition of less popular acts, junior Mallory Niehoff believes the artists will make the night will be worthwhile, she said.

“You really get your money’s worth,” Niehoff said, “and even if you aren’t a fan of some of the artists there, there is someone there for everyone.”

Jingle Ball is on a weeknight, but the concert is nearly sold out.