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Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Elton John to Headline iHeartRadio Festival

Phoenix, fun. and Maroon 5 also set to perform in Las Vegas

Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Elton John.
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July 15, 2013 11:45 AM ET

Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Elton John will headline this year's iHeartRadio festival in Las Vegas in September. According to The Associated Press, other performers will include Phoenix, fun. and Maroon 5 at the MGM Grand Arena September 20th and 21st. Clear Channel announced the lineup this morning. 

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"Someone like Elton John has been an icon on our radio stations for years, and for him to the take the stage alongside people like Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry I think really speaks to what makes the festival unique," said Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel. 

Other scheduled performers include Muse, Tiësto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, Ke$ha and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Additionally, Adam Lambert will perform alongside Queen for a special performance.

This year's festival will also include a first-time Festival Village held at a 15-acre parking lot adjacent to the arena, and will feature performances from AWOLNATION, Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne and Jason Derulo. Tickets for the Festival Village will be available for $20. 

Last year's event was sobering for fans and artists alike after Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong blasted the festival for allegedly cutting the band's set short, and proceeded to destroy the band's instruments while on stage. Armstrong checked into rehab the following day, and has since returned to the stage. 

Tickets to this year's festival go on sale this Saturday. 

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