By KiMMegastar DJs: like traditional pop stars, they tour the globe pocketing every last cent they can from any venue willing to pay. It used to be that even big name DJs booked a gig once or twice a week at best or, more commonly, held an exclusive residency at a single nightclub. Their rise in popularity has significantly increased demand.
Now, megastar DJs book enough dates to refer to their schedules as tours. Many of them still have residencies so calling it a tour may not be entirely accurate, but they rack up a ton of frequent flyer miles going back and forth between their anchor cities. For example, this past summer Avicii and David Guetta flew back and forth between Las Vegas and Ibiza once a week.
First class and private jets seem glamorous but these luxuries don’t entirely assuage grueling travel requirements. Think about the typically linear tour schedule of an entertainer like Jay-Z who works his way across countries in a logical way. A weekend of dates in Boston precedes a weekend of dates in New York City, with a stop or two during the week in Connecticut or Long Island. DJs, on the other hand, jump all over the globe. Las Vegas and Miami are the epicenters of their activity year-round with periodic Ibiza trips thrown in during the summer months.
Over the New Year’s holiday, Tiesto and David Guetta were in serious demand. The two biggest names in EDM gave new meaning to the word “jetlag”:
Tiesto and David Guetta’s New Year’s Eve Holiday Tour Schedule
|Date||Tiesto Tour||David Guetta Tour|
|Friday Dec 27||Toronto (Direct Energy Centre) with Steve Angello, Laidback Luke & Max Vangeli||Las Vegas (XS)|
|Saturday Dec 28||Atlantic City (Borgata)||Miami (LIV)|
|Sunday Dec 29||Las Vegas (Hakkasan)||Atlantic City (Borgata)|
|Monday Dec 30||Denver (Decadence Festival)||Dominican Republic (Hard Rock)|
|Tuesday Dec 31||Miami (LIV)||St. Barths (Nikki Beach)|
|Wednesday Jan 1||Off||Off|
|Thursday Jan 2||Off||Camboriu, Brazil (Green Valley)|
|Friday Jan 3||Off||Guaruja, Brazil (Arena Verao)|
|Saturday Jan 4||Las Vegas (Hakkasan)||Punta del Este, Uruguay (Parque El Jaguel)|
|Sunday Jan 5||Las Vegas (Hakkasan)||Florianopolis, Brazil (Music Park)|
Guetta seems more willing to play smaller, off the beaten path venues. Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic is a great resort town but it is not a place one would expect Guetta to play. Nikki Beach in St. Barths is a wonderful venue but is like everything else in St. Barths (other than the yachts) – quaint.