Tiësto has canceled his performance at Super Bowl LVIII due to a personal family emergency that forced him to return home with Kaskade replacing him.
If there’s one DJ on the planet who has become renowned for making history, it’s Tiësto. In 2004, he became the first DJ to perform at the Summer Olympics in Athens during their opening ceremony, and this year, he looked to check another box off his list by playing a set during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. But unfortunately, after months of preparation, he has been forced to cancel his appearance.
While other artists like DJ Snake and Zedd had performed at past Super Bowls while players warmed up, Tiësto was set to become the first-ever DJ to perform during the game itself. Working with the NFL to bring the show to life, the renowned DJ, who is a fan of the Denver Broncos, would’ve played additional tunes during in-game breaks, while R&B legend Usher is slated to perform during the halftime show.
With the Super Bowl only a few days away, Tiësto has canceled the performance. He took to social media just moments ago to release a statement regarding him pulling out of the show.
“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,” he said. “It was a tough decision to miss the game, but family always comes first.” Tiësto went on to thank the NFL for the opportunity this year and his hopes to work with them in the future. EDM Identity extends our best wishes to Tiësto and his family surrounding this family emergency.
The NFL acted fast to replace the legendary Dutch DJ, as Kaskade took to social media hours after the news first broke to announce that he would be playing during the game in replacement. He described the chance to be part of the Super Bowl as “absolutely mind-blowing” after having spent years watching the game while growing up in Chicago.
“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,” Kaskade shared. “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.”
Read the full statement from Tiësto:
This story has been updated to include new information.