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Tiësto Belongs in Las Vegas, We’re Lucky He’s Staying

Superstar DJ has become part of our community

Hopefully, when historians reflect on Las Vegas’ greatest headliners, they’ll include the DJs alongside icons such as Sinatra, Elvis and Celine Dion.

That’s because—despite however you feel about EDM or nightclub culture—these artists are woven into the fabric of our city and the Strip’s rich history.

Never was this more apparent than in 2017, when performers rallied in the aftermath of the 1 October shootings. It was an unprecedented outpouring, with artists clearing their schedules for benefit concerts and opening their wallets to help the victims.

Hakkasan Group headliner Tiësto gave $200,000 to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, and then joined fellow artists at an Omnia Nightclub benefit in early November.

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This week Hakkasan Group rewarded Tiësto with a contract extension that will keep him here—performing at Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic and others—through 2020.

In the announcement, Tiësto said, “Vegas has come to feel like home” and he was “proud of the space we’ve created here for dance music.”

In case you were wondering how Tiësto would top 2017, the year in which he received the key to the Las Vegas Strip, you might get to see it in early January when MGM Grand hosts his 49th birthday bash. The celebration will see Tiësto taking over the hotel’s main lobby and will feature meet-and-greet opportunities, fireworks, a featured menu at Hakkasan Restaurant, as well as January 11 and 13 performances in the nightclub.

Since joining Hakkasan Group in 2013, Tiësto has been one of the biggest draws on the company’s talent roster, a list that includes Steve Aoki, Cash Cash and Calvin Harris. On Forbes’ list of highest paid DJ’s, only Harris earned more than Tiësto in 2017—the pair were ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively.

But you don’t have to wait that long to see him. Tiësto is on tap to perform December 30 as part of Hakkasan Nightclub’s New Year’s Weekend festivities.