Latin Grammys 2018

Kaskade Captivates More Than 30,000 Fans at 2018 Sun Soaked Show

Mark Owens
Kaskade Festival

Kaskade hosted his first-ever Sun Soaked party in Long Beach, California, in 2017 and pulled in a sold-out, daytime crowd of 13,000 ravers. This year, the dance music veteran doubled down on his ambitions and further engraved his status as the king of California by nearly tripling the space and attendance, headlining in front of a sold-out sea of 32,000 fans.

"I knew how many tickets I had sold and what a crowd of 32,000 looks like," Kaskade told Billboard. "But what blew my mind was the intensity with which they connected with me, each other and the setting."

The event sold out months in advance, with 80 percent of the tickets being sold within the first 30 minutes of the fan-only presale Kaskade's team set up. "I’m so grateful for the audience that showed up, the talent that supported me and the team that worked behind the scenes," he said. The lineup included Loud Luxury, Felix Cartal, CAZZETTE and other special guests.

Kaskade continued, "Sun Soaked is the culmination of more than a decade of touring. An idea. A show on the beach with some of my most die hard fans in a location that has supported me since the beginning, California. These fans have followed me on all the unpredictable roads music has driven me down, and it feels like this marriage of music, beach, sun and all the stimulation in its various forms changed the world for around 8 hours on Saturday July 21, 2018."

Sun Soaked was supplemented by a Los Angeles takeover that included a pop-up shop in Venice, plus two shows at Sound and Academy. Let's not forget the two official afterparties at Exchange and Avalon too. Every concert hit maximum capacity, boosting Kaskade's staggering ticket count to nearly 40,000 total. The dance star ended up playing a total of 6 sets across a 15-hour time period. This all went down the day after he headlined the X Games in Minneapolis.

The festival mainstay will be switching gears Tuesday night (July 31) in Brooklyn, N.Y. and perform for a much more intimate crowd as a "thank you" to his fans, particularly his listeners that tune into Sirius XM's chill station. 

Ben Harvey, Sirius XM Chill's Program Director, tells Billboard, “Kaskade performed for thousands of people last week at his Sun Soaked festival, and tonight he will be playing an intimate set for less than 100 SiriusXM subscribers. Thanks to Kaskade for giving such an awesome experience to Chill listeners!"

For those who were unable to experience the DJ's Sun Soaked party, fans can get a glimpse of it by watching the recap video below.