The first-ever MixTape Festival at Hershey Stadium had something for every music lover.
Hitting the stage early on Saturday were British-Irish boy band the Wanted, who got the crowd ready to party with energetic renditions of their hits “Chasing the Sun” and “Glad You Came.” The group also paid tribute to one of their favorite groups, Coldplay, with a mash-up that showed off the band’s instrumental skills.
“We run about the stage, we jump around a lot,” the Wanted’s Nathan Sykes teased to MTV News before the show. “We’ve got our American band with us who are super, [but] we play as well; I think [the fans] will be surprised a bit by that. We pick instruments up ourselves and play them. We just get everyone rocking, really, which is pretty cool.”
Next up to the stage was Justin Bieber’s protégé, Carly Rae Jepsen. The “Call Me Maybe” singer, whose first U.S. LP, Kiss, hits stores next month, treated her fans, of course, to her smash single, but she also gave them a preview of what they can expect from her upcoming album.
“I’m pumped, I have the best band in the world, so I’m going to have a ball,” Jepsen told MTV News. “We’re doing a song called ‘Guitar String Wedding Ring,’ which is a newbie for sure. It’s about the idea of not being quite ready for marriage and being laissez-faire about wearing a guitar-string wedding ring.”
LL Cool J brought some hip-hop flavor to the fest before 98 Degreesrocked the crowd, performing an entire concert for the first time in more than a decade. The quartet got the nerves out of their systems before singing “The Hardest Thing,” “I Do” and “All Because of You.”
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from MTV, written by Christina Garibaldi