A little rain could not stop the amazing six act Jingle Ball Village from taking place outside of The Forum in Inglewood, California on Friday, December 6th. A free outdoor concert, the Jingle Ball Village took place before and led up to Los Angeles’ KIISFM Jingle Ball, which was a part of various Jingle Ball shows that were taking place all around the US during the winter months.
Inside of the Village, fans could take pictures with various posters of the artists performing that night, interact and play games in a Jumanji: The Next Level installment, take pictures within an installment promoting Camila Cabello’s new album, Romance, ride the Ferris wheel, and take pictures with polaroid cameras thanks to Instax.
Not only were fans treated to performances all afternoon, but they were given the chance to enter contests where they could win tickets to go into The Forum and watch the show and maybe even meet some of the artists inside. Fans could also win meet and greets to take photos with the artists performing at the Village. In between each performer at the Village, radio hosts from KIISFM would come on stage and hand out meet and greets or tickets to fans in the crowd.
Radio hosts from LA’s pop radio station 102.7 KIISFM handed out meet and greets and tickets to the Jingle Ball inside The Forum in between each performer's set. Fans were very eager to receive meet and greet passes to take picture with their favorite Jingle Ball Village performers and many, many fans wanted to win those tickets to attend the sold-out Jingle Ball inside.
There were so many fans wanting to see BTS that the giant poster of them in the Village had a line in front of it all afternoon so people could take pictures in front of it. Lines formed by the Instax booth after every performance with meet and greet winners who received a polaroid with the artists they had the chance to meet.
Breanna Rubio took the stage first and sang her songs, “More Than a Feeling,” “Turn Me Up,” and her newest release, “Bad Side.” She even treated fans to a sneak peek clip of the “Bad Side” music video, which was premiering that night. Camie Liz took the stage second and opened her set with a cover of Mariah Carey’s, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Camie sang her powerful original song, “Maybe” and even got emotional while performing it. Both ladies warmed up the crowd and had fans moving to the music.
Scotty Sire was third to perform on the Village stage. Equipped with a full band, Scotty played fan favorites like, “Notice Me,” “Funkin Fun,” “F.O.M.O,” and his holiday song, “Lonely Christmas.” Scotty was joined on stage by some faces familiar to his Youtube videos – his friends including Todd Smith, Heath Hussar, and Mariah Amato.
AJ Mitchell was fourth to take the Jingle Ball Village stage. His performance took place as the little sun fans were getting started to go down and the sky took on a pinkish gray hue. AJ sang his singles “Unstoppable,” “All My Friends,” the chart topping “Slow Dance,” and even threw it back with a song that only original fans would know, “Used to Be.” Girls crooned and swooned over AJ’s incredible range and falsetto.
After AJ, In Real Life took the stage. The guys of the group gave fans a combination of boybandish choreography, harmonies, and humor while they performed their songs, “Don’t Go,” “She Do,” and “Crazy AF.” Fans were even treated to a cover of “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake and their newest Christmas single, “California Christmas.” The boys have a pretty solid following in Los Angeles, and those dedicated fans made sure to show up to the Village and hype the boys up as much as they always do.
Closing out the Village stage was Louis Tomlinson. Known for being a member of the popular band One Direction, Louis didn’t disappoint up on that stage by himself. Louis belted out his songs, “Hold On,” “Kill My Mind,” “We Made It,” and his newest song, “Don’t Let It Break Your Heart.” This was the first time many of Louis’ fans saw him perform since One Direction decided to embrace solo careers and you could tell that they were excited. The energy was very lively as fans sang every one of Louis’ lyrics back to him. It was the perfect way to close out the Village stage.
After Louis’ set, many people began to make their way into the Forum for the Jingle Ball show. Those who didn’t have tickets but were still looking to have a great time remained in front of the Village stage for a DJ set and dance along.
As the event wrapped up and those last-minute Ferris wheel rides took place, the clouds were finally gone, remnants of the Village performances still hung in the air, and fans left smiling as their holiday concert experience came to an end.