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Billboard Hot 100 festival returning to Jones Beach

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival returns to

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival returns to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in August. The Weeknd played the 2015 festival. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, which broke attendance records last year by bringing more than 40,000 to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in one weekend, will return to the venue on Aug. 20 and 21.

The artist lineup and ticket sale information will be announced in April, said John Amato, president of Billboard, which produces the festival with Live Nation. However, Amato says fans can expect a lineup and mix of artists similar to last year, which was headlined by The Weeknd and Justin Bieber and featured performances from established stars such as Nicki Minaj and up-and-comers such as Halsey and Fetty Wap.

“We plan to cover a lot of genres and have similar components to last year, except with different faces,” Amato said, adding that organizers didn’t expect a lot of artist returns because they wanted to create a different musical experience each year.

Amato says organizers plan to keep the capacity for this year’s Hot 100 Festival the same as last year, with three stages, including one on the beach outside the usual Jones Beach theater grounds.

“We want to focus on getting the experience right,” Amato said. “We think we got the experience 95 percent right last year. This year we want it to be perfect. And we want to put together a lineup that no one could ever imagine for this price.”

If all goes well this year, Amato said, the festival may include a fourth stage at Jones Beach next year and may expand to Los Angeles. He said an analysis of last year’s concertgoers showed that the majority were from Long Island, with only about 30 percent coming from New York City.

“We think that Jones Beach and the surrounding area deserve a great music festival,” Amato said.

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The announcement video reliving last year’s highlights went online Thursday afternoon.

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