This year’s Jin­gle Ball in Tampa brings back names that ring a bell.

Tampa Bay Times - - Front Page - BY JAY CRIDLIN Time Pop Mu­sic/Cul­ture Critic

This year’s 93.3-FLZ Jin­gle Ball brings back a JoBro, a One Di­rec­tion star, Fifth Har­mony’s ex-mem­ber and DJ Zedd.

Merry early Christ­mas, ev­ery­one. The lineup for the 2017 93.3-FLZ Jin­gle Ball is here. DJ and pro­ducer Zedd and a cou­ple of boy­band dream­boats gone solo — the Jonas Broth­ers’ Nick Jonas and One Di­rec­tion’s Liam Payne — lead the lineup for this year’s Jin­gle Ball, Dec. 16 at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

Also on the bill: Ex-Fifth Har­mony singer Camila Ca­bello, Girl Meets World’s Sab­rina Car­pen­ter, singer-song­writer Char­lie Puth, pop-rock group All Time Low and vi­ral boy band Why Don’t We. More acts will be added in the coming weeks.

Pre-sale tick­ets are on sale now for Cap­i­tal One card­hold­ers; oth­er­wise they’ll go on sale to the gen­eral pub­lic at 10 a.m. Mon­day. Seats start at $26.

In a lot of ways, this year’s lineup does con­tinue the Jin­gle Balls’ un­for­tu­nate trend to­ward same­ness and ubiq­uity — not just from city to city, but in each in­di­vid­ual mar­ket, too. This will be the fourth Tampa Jin­gle Ball for Ca­bello (two with Fifth Har­mony, two solo); the third for Zedd and Jonas; the sec­ond for Puth. (Also, do your­self a fa­vor and don’t look at all the head­lin­ers play­ing Jin­gle Balls in other cities but not Tampa — Tay­lor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Demi Lo­vato, Sam Smith, Kelly Clark­son and the Chainsmok­ers, among others.)

Still, never un­der­es­ti­mate the ra­bid fan bases of One Di­rec­tion, Fifth Har­mony and the Jonas Broth­ers. Payne isn’t the first 1D star to an­nounce a solo show in Tampa — that would be Niall Ho­ran — but he will be the first to play here, since Ho­ran’s not coming un­til Septem­ber 2018.

One more year-end show item to note: 93.3’s iHeart sis­ter sta­tion, Mix 100.7, will not be stag­ing its an­nual Mistle­toe Show this year. Over the past few years, the Mistle­toe Show has brought acts like Train, Rob Thomas, Third Eye Blind and the Fray to Ruth Eck­erd Hall and the Ma­haf­fey Theater. Not this year, though.

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