It all began with a tweet on day two of EDC Las Vegas. Insomniac had been hinting at a special guest who would be performing at the circuitGROUNDS stage at 10:30 P.M. Around 1:00 in the afternoon, people were quick to notice a Twitter exchange between legendary DJ and producer Skrillex and Pasquale Rotella, the founder of Insomniac.

Once the secret was out, DJ duo SLANDER tweeted, letting us know that they would be giving up 15 minutes of their set to Skrillex, updating their set time from 11:15 to 11:30 P.M.

And sure enough, the hour was spared. Skrillex absolutely threw down to a massive crowd of approximately 45,000 people at the circuitGROUNDS. Realistically, he would have likely drawn an even bigger crowd at a stage that was physically capable of holding more people. Despite the lack of space, the vibes at circuitGROUNDS were unreal.

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This was Skrillex’s first solo EDC appearance in over 8 years, and he certainly did not disappoint. He is one of the monumental figures who propelled this generation of EDM, and it was an incredible thing to witness him playing live. Skrillex has also recently confirmed that new music is on the way.

Check out some videos from fans that captured Skrillex’s epic, surprise EDC performance.