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Tiësto out, Kaskade in for coveted Super Bowl DJ slot

Updated February 8, 2024 - 4:44 pm

Tiësto will not be the first in-game DJ headliner at a Super Bowl after all.

The Dutch superstar and long-running Strip headliner has canceled his appearance at Sunday’s game at Allegiant Stadium.

Fellow club headliner Kaskade was announced hours later as Tiësto’s replacement.

“As a kid who grew up in Chicago watching the Super Bowl every year with my family this chance to actually be part of it is absolutely mind blowing,” Kaskade said in social-media post. “Las Vegas has been my second home for the past decade, as an architect of creating a landscape that includes House and Dance Music residencies as part of its destination.

“To be able to be the first Electronic Musician to be part of the full game experience of the Super Bowl held in Las Vegas seems like coming home, and I’m beyond excited to represent my community.”

Kaskade headlines Zouk Nightclub at Resorts World on Saturday night. Tiësto was an original star at the club when the hotel opened in November 2021.

In a social media post earlier Thursday, Tiësto informed his fans, “Me and my team have been preparing something truly special for months, but a personal family emergency is forcing me to return home Sunday morning. It was a tough decision to miss the game, but family always comes first.”

Tiësto was to be the first in-game DJ ever in a Super Bowl. He was to perform a set during warm-ups, then remain and spin throughout the game.

This year, the nightclub veteran announced a multi-venue residency series with Tao Group Hospitality and Groot Hospitality at LIV Nightclub and LIV Beach at Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, Tao Beach Dayclub at The Venetian, and Wet Republic at MGM Grand.

Tiësto’s 2024 schedule has him playing more clubs, in more resorts, than ever in his career. The spree launched at LIV Nightclub on Jan. 19, the superstar’s 55th birthday. He returns to Omnia on March 9.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on X, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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