Tiësto was scheduled to perform at the Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Sunday but has been forced to cancel owing to a "personal family emergency." The Dutch DJ and producer shared the news via social media on Thursday with Kaskade confirmed to step in as a last minute replacement from the bench.
“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,” Tiësto tweeted. “It was a tough decision to miss the game, but family always comes first. Thank you to the @NFL for the collaboration and looking forward to working with them to deliver something incredible together in the future !”
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. Thank you to the @NFL for the collaboration and looking…— Tiësto (@tiesto) February 8, 2024
Pre-game DJs including DJ Khaled, D-Nice, and Zedd have been a staple of the NFL's biggest game for years now. 2024 will mark the first time the Super Bowl has had an in-game DJ though, which will involve playing music in breaks between the game between San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium.
The spot will now go to Kaskade. “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,” he posted. “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,” he added. “I’m beyond excited to represent my community.”