Kaskade Sells Out Staples Center
FIRST EVER ELECTRONIC DANCE ARTIST TO HEADLINE THE VENUE
TRAILBLAZING DJ’s CAREER LANDMARK “FREAKS OF NATURE” NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ALSO SELLS OUT SAN FRANCISCO’S BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM
LOS ANGELES (June 29, 2012) – Kaskade marks another industry milestone this week selling out Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center. The trailblazing DJ, who has been named America’s Best DJ by DJ Times and Pioneer DJ, has already earned the distinction of the first Electronic Dance Artist to ever solo-headline the venue and, in his first appearance, it will be a completely sold out show on July 27. The North American “Freaks of Nature” summer 2012 tour presented by Rockstar, has been a major new production for Kaskade, reaching more than 40 cities and also selling out the San Francisco stop at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on July 28.
“I have been working so hard on this new production and it has been so important for me to create a show that I can take to my fans in every market possible that I am incredibly honored that it’s been so well received,” said Kaskade. “The energy from my fans at these shows has been everything I could ever dream of and I am sure LA and SF are going to be particularly off the charts.”
“Kaskade is truly a force in the EDM movement. To sell out both STAPLES Center and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is an amazing achievement in and of itself,” said Perry Lavoisne, Senior Vice President, Live Nation North American Touring.
“Kaskade’s success is also further proof that Electronic music and artists are gaining popularity and reaching fans in ways that are invigorating to the industry at large,” added James Barton, President, Live Nation Electronic Music.
After multiple attempts to play the Los Angeles area over the past year, the Staples show will mark Kaskade’s first proper show for the passionate Los Angeles fan base since his two back-to-back sold out shows at the Palladium in 2010. For the new tour, Kaskade has produced a brand new stage set up that will create an electric atmosphere at venues of all sizes, bringing it to everything from ballrooms to theatres, arenas and festivals. The new production has garnered critical acclaim:
RollingStone.com for the NYC show at MCU Park: “Fresh off his performance at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas, Kaskade performed against the backdrop of the famous Brooklyn boardwalk…he filled the minor league baseball stadium with the soaring vocals of Mindy Gledhill from his single, “Eyes,” before dropping the bass and delivering more than 90 minutes of adrenaline-fueled house music.”
MTV Buzzworthy: “Kaskade…knows that wherever he goes is where the party’s at, which is why he’s carving out some time this summer to traverse the United States and Canada giving us some of the most jaw-droppingly rad EDM chills ev-ah on his ‘Freaks Of Nature’ tour.”
Fuse named Kaskade’s performance on day two of the second weekend of Coachella as the #1 moment of the day: “When the Chicago-bred DJ-producer born Ryan Raddon hit the stage, it was explosive. Flat LED screens positioned on the underside of the tent, stretching from one end to another, flashed kaleidoscopic color patterns while a sexy woman’s voice huffed ‘Look into my eyes’ ad nauseam. Then—Boom! Crash! Sirens! Jet engine sound!—and the party was underway. This was the other side of Coachella—and it felt a world away from Radiohead, who were playing the main Coachella stage on the other end of the Polo Fields. You could hear the Oxford band kick off their set, but soon they were silenced by Kaskade’s dance party. I’m a huge fan of Thom Yorke and Co., but this was hard to leave.”
Ryan Raddon, known as Kaskade, has been in the trenches of the electronic dance music (EDM) scene as an original recording artist and in-demand DJ for more than a decade. He has released seven studio albums, including his latest “Fire & Ice,” scored nine Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Airplay Chart, created chart-topping remixes for everyone from Lady Gaga to Beyonce, appeared at all the major summer music festivals, and has performed between 150 and 200 headlining shows a year for the last 10 years, building a name for himself as an innovator of the EDM scene as we know it today. His 2011 release “Fire & Ice,” released by Ultra Music, debuted at # 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, # 3 on the Independent Albums Chart and # 17 on the Top 200 Albums chart, while the iTunes version debuted at # 4 on the overall album chart. Currently, Kaskade has a monthly residency at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas, which he’ll continue with throughout the tour.
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