50,000 fans descended into downtown Los Angeles this past December 2022 for the first-ever headlining show at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum with electronic music act Kx5 (the powerhouse collaboration comprised of genre icons Kaskade and deadmau5). According to Pollstar, the show broke records landing it as the largest single-day concert event headlined by an electronic music artist ever in North America with Billboard confirming Kx5 at the Coliseum as the biggest ticketed global headliner dance event of 2022.
Presented by Insomniac, the two-plus hour set was highlighted by Kx5 productions out now on mau5trap/Arkade including “When I Talk” with Elderbrook, “Avalanche” ft. James French, “Take Me High” and “Alive” featuring The Moth and The Flame (TMTF) as well as unreleased material. These songs and more were intertwined with special edits of each artists favorite selections including Kaskade’s newest “Dance With Me” with Justus, “Disarm You” & fan favorite, his collab with Skylar Grey “Room For Happiness” and deadmau5 classics “The Veld,” “Ghosts N Stuff” and the song that introduced Kaskade to mau5 “Faxing Berlin.” The two artists closed the show with a surprise appearance from Hayla to perform their Top40 radio smash “Escape.”
Over the course of the set, deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) and Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) performed on pods that rotated and moved across the stage while fireworks and flames burst overhead. Dazzling crowds, 300 drones flew high above the Coliseum’s iconic torch and supporting arches creating unique formations including a configuration of the state of California and flashing words “Welcome LA,” and song titles “Alive” and “Escape.”
For those who would want to relive that special moment, Kaskade has announced he released the set in its entirely on Apple Music.
The West Coast has always been my stomping ground – my home – when it comes to playing out. It was foundational in building the sound that I play all over the world. No place in Los Angeles encapsulates where that hard wiring was created more than the LA Memorial Coliseum. The structure, the location, the sky above it – all iconic. When @deadmau5 and I were given the opportunity to be the first electronic music artists to play there as @kx5official in over a decade, we knew we had to come correct and make it special. We put all we had into it, and I think it shows. Being able to release this set is a love letter to our audiences everywhere, but it’s signed by the people who were there 12.10.22. – Kaskade via Instagram