As music stans, we’re all about music festivals. And as Smilers, we love seeing Miley Cyrus kill it at every festival performance she’s done.
Since the pandemic shut down the live music industry in 2020, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the 2021 festival season. At first, it was unpredictable. Luckily, with vaccination and COVID testing mandates, many festivals have been able to happen.
For Miley, Lollapalooza kicked off her festival run this year, followed by BottleRock in Napa Valley. Later this year she will also be hitting up Summerfest, Midtown Music Festival, and Austin City Limits to round out her headlining festival performances.
This year, a few major festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, and Electric Forest were forced to postpone due to the pandemic and weather conditions caused by Hurricane Ida. But on the bright side, many of our favorites were able to return, like Lollapalooza, Made in America, Governor’s Ball, Riot Fest, and Firefly.
Miley’s energetic BottleRock performance has us reminiscing on some of her past festival appearances, while also getting even more excited for what she’ll bring to her upcoming shows!
Her Show-Stopping Style
If this year’s Lolla proved anything, it’s that Miley never fails to impress with her performance looks. At BottleRock, she rocked a custom Gaultier suit with a silver bikini top peeking out and one silver elbow-length glove. She looked like a modern, yet 2000s-inspired rockstar dream.
BottleRock followed her Lolla look, which we have still not gotten over. She burst onstage for ‘We Can’t Stop’ in a custom red sparkly Gucci bodysuit with thigh-high silver platforms that oozed power and magic.
During her She Is Coming era, she strutted the stage in an array of grungy leather looks, starting with 2019’s Primavera Sound in Barcelona. At her Glastonbury debut, she shined in glossy black leather pants and a translucent white crop top with mussed blonde hair that gave ‘Rockstar’ Hannah Montana and subsequently became one of her most iconic looks to date.
She continued to dominate her 2019 festival run with more leather, including an all-white outfit in Warsaw.
Her Incredible Vocals
Like her or not, Hannah Montana fan or not, one thing has always been totally undeniable about Miley Cyrus: her voice. Growing up with country and rock roots, then becoming a popstar á la Hannah Montana, Miley’s voice has proved to be one of the most versatile in the industry.
In the past couple of years, she’s renewed her old hits like ‘See You Again’ and ‘The Climb’ with a more mature voice, and the songs have only been elevated.
This summer, her covers at festivals have left their stamp on music fans of all ages. ‘Heart of Glass’ by Blondie was introduced to a whole new audience when Miley first covered it at iHeart Festival, and she’s only continued her streak since then. At BottleRock, she introduced a new cover with ‘Maybe’ by Janis Joplin. All of these, plus the way she effortlessly slides from song to song no matter the genre with her soaring, raspy vocals, show an artist who knows how to use her voice.
Her Electrifying Stage Presence
Drawing an enormously eager crowd at Lollapalooza, Miley commanded the stage with bright positivity from the moment the opening lyrics of ‘We Can’t Stop’ echoed across Grant Park. BottleRock was no different, attracting one of the largest crowds so far. Her throwback appeal for all the kids who grew up with Hannah Montana combined with the fans she’s won over most recently with her classic rock covers makes for a mixed crowd of young and old.
Onstage, she’s larger than life. She has a generation singing their hearts out to ‘7 Things’ in one moment and another belting ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’ by Cher in another.
When you watch Miley onstage, it’s clear she was born for this. As members of the generation who grew up alongside her, watching her grow into who she is now unapologetically was inspiring. Her stage presence only reinforces that feeling!
Her Iconic Set List
Not only does Miley bring the nostalgia with songs from her Disney days like ‘See You Again’ and ‘7 Things,’ but the sheer diversity in her setlist brings something for everyone. There’s universally-loved pop like ‘Party in the USA;’ country flair with ‘The Climb’ or her iconic ‘Jolene’ cover; glam-rock like Pixies cover ‘Where Is My Mind’ and tracks from her Plastic Hearts album like ‘WTF Do I Know;’ and hip-hop-tinged pop with ‘SMS (Bangerz),’ ‘Love Money Party,’ or ’23.’
Her setlist brings a little bit of everything to the table and makes every show an exhilarating party. And for an entire generation that grew up with her, there’s nothing better after a year like 2020.
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