DJ Tiesto, Phoenix to headline X Games concerts in Aspen
The Aspen Times
ESPN has announced DJ Tiesto and alternative-rock band Phoenix as headliners for its Jan. 25 and 26 Winter X Games concerts in Wagner Park.
Phoenix will headline the Saturday concert, with opening act Matt & Kim, while Tiesto will headline Sunday, with Swedish DJ Axwell opening. General admission tickets are on sale for $30 at bellyupaspen.com. Premium tickets — which include heated platform viewing, food and drink — can be purchased for $150. ESPN expects 6,400 people for each 4 to 6:30 p.m. show.
“I’m a huge sports fan so it’s quite an honor to be a part of the X Games experience,” Tiesto said in a statement. “Aspen provides such a unique setting for a DJ set, and I can’t wait to party on the slopes.”
ESPN is paying the city of Aspen a standard events fee of $7,500, with an insurance policy that will cover any damage to Wagner Park. From 2 to 8 p.m. on concert days, Durant Avenue will be closed to regular traffic but open to buses. ESPN also has requested that Monarch Street, between Durant and Hyman Avenue, be closed for eight days, but city spokeswoman Mitzi Rapkin said that time length is not definite yet. The concerts will help benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Dutch artist Tiesto is a Grammy-Award-nominated DJ and producer who has worked with such acts as Kanye West, Coldplay and Katy Perry. He was voted “The Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mixmag in 2011, as well as No. 1 DJ by Rolling Stone magazine.
Phoenix, a rock band from Versailles, France, earned the 2009 Grammy Award for “Best Alternative Music Album,” with the release of “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” They also have headlined Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif., and the Austin City Limits.
Matt & Kim, of Brooklyn, New York, is an indie-dance duo known for its live performances. Axwell, of Stockholm, Sweden, is a five-time Grammy-nominated DJ and producer linked to Swedish House Mafia. He has collaborated with such artists as Madonna and Pharell.
The last X Games concerts in Aspen took place in 2006, when an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people attended free shows in Wagner Park. Aspen’s agreement with ESPN is set to expire in 2014, after which Aspen will compete with Park City, Utah; Quebec City; and a collaboration of California resorts around Lake Tahoe for future events. This year is the 13th installment of Winter X Games Aspen.
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