It’s official. Tiësto, Zedd, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, NGHTMRE, Cash Cash, and many other EDM DJs and music artists have teamed up to perform an unforgettable concert together this Nov. 7. This is not a typical music festival, this is a benefit concert for the devastating, Las Vegas mass shooting, that happened earlier this month, Oct. 1.
All proceeds from the benefit concert will be used to provide the victims and their families with financial support via the Direct Impact Fund, a 501(c)(3). Thankfully, to further assist the impacted families during this time, the fund does not take any fees or require operating costs, which would leave the victims and families with less financial support.
The concert will take place at Ceasars Palace’s, OMNIA Nightclub, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The benefit concert is a 21 and older event. Ticket prices start at $30 for general admission tickets. VIP tickets are also available, prices start at $105.
Hakkasan Group, Las Vegas- based restaurant and nightclub company, is hosting the benefit concert in hopes of bringing the industry together to support the victims of the tragic shooting and to give back to the community. According to Nick McCabe, Hakkasan Group chief executive officer, besides providing financial support, they also want to “show that we’re united and stand together in the face of this tragedy,”
Tiësto, world famous EDM DJ and headliner of the benefit concert, appears to be truly emotionally impacted by the Vegas mass shooting. Recently, he put out a statement saying “Las Vegas has become like a home to me… It’s an incredible city filled with great people and after last week’s tragedy, I immediately wanted to help in supporting the victims, their families, and the amazing first responders.”
In addition to his statement, and agreeance to the benefit concert, he personally has donated $200,000 to the Vegas victims. After donating, Tiësto wanted to inspire his fellow celebrities and music artists to contribute to the cause. He tweeted, “As a Las Vegas lover I do what Vegas lovers do! I double down! So I will donate 200k”. His tweet also included a link to the GoFundMe account he donated too.
— Tiësto (@tiesto) October 7, 2017
Diplo, a fellow famous EDM DJ, started this chain effect when he began a friendly competition. On Oct. 7 he tweeted, “I donated $100,000 this weekend to the victims in Las Vegas. I challenge any other Dj’s or hotel owners to match it we owe it to the city💛”
I donated $100,000 this weekend to the victims in Las Vegas. I challenge any other Dj’s or hotel owners to match it we owe it to the city 💛 pic.twitter.com/6LyQFEK4eA
— diplo (@diplo) October 7, 2017
Steve Aoki, another top EDM DJ and headliner for the benefit concert, followed the lead, and donated $200,000 to the GoFundMe account. He responded to Tiësto’s tweet by saying “I accept Diplo’s challenge and double down like Tiësto did & donate $200,000 to Commissioner Scalise’s Las Vegas Victims’ Fund.” The tweet also contained a short, heartwarming video of Steve Aoki. He begins the video by embracing Vegas as his home. He tells his fans and his city how much he loves them and he motivates them to stay strong, during this tragedy. He concludes the video by continuing the challenge and asks his fellow DJs and producers in the music industry to donate too.
— Kolony Out Now (@steveaoki) October 9, 2017
Kaskade, EDM DJ and benefit concert headliner, answered back to the challenge by responding to Diplo’s tweet, “Count me in.”
Multiple other EDM DJ’s like, Valentino Kahn, Marshmello, and Dillon Francis, have gladly accepted the challenge and donated thousands to the cause.
— diplo (@diplo) October 8, 2017
The mass shooting that took place Oct. 1 devastated the entire nation. After, a horrific tragedy such as this, people, businesses, and communities should unite to help their struggling neighbors across the country. The EDM community is leading a beautiful example of what it looks like to come together during this time of tragedy to support the victims both financially and emotionally.