A selling point in the Las Vegas Raiders’ push to secure a $750 million tax benefit for the new Allegiant Stadium was the venue’s ability to stage multiple entertainment spectacles, beyond the eight home games of a National Football League schedule.
On July 3, Las Vegans and the visitors that pay the hotel room tax that’s funding the stadium will get their first exposure to a non-sports attraction, when electronic music artist and frequent Vegas club headliner ILLENIUM performs a three-set concert — dubbed “Trilogy” as an homage to his first three albums — ahead of the July 16 release of his fourth album, “Fallen Embers.”
The 30-year-old “First Time” artist secured the coveted first concert at Allegiant Stadium ahead of country star, and former Las Vegas headliner, Garth Brooks, whose canceled 2020 date has been rescheduled for July 10.
ILLENIUM’s ability to pack the crowds in, and you should bet on that happening, will be a major stress test for the stadium, which until now has primarily hosted the “go for knee and not the TD” Raiders during a crowdless 2020-21 NFL season.
If the stadium can handle throngs of sweat-drenched EDM fans, it will have secured its place among the city’s most attractive concert venues. With a capacity of 72,000, one can see Allegiant Stadium hosting larger, longer events, perhaps even a reduced (or pop-up, if you will) version of the annual Life Is Beautiful and Electric Daisy Carnival festivals.
Life Is Beautiful is among the producers of ILLENIUM’s show, and the artist sits on this year’s concert bill, alongside headliners Billie Eilish, Green Day, Ludacris, and dozens more.