Since Kygo’s first-ever exclusive two-year residency with Wynn Nightlife was announced in early March, the Strip has been anxiously awaiting this, his debut at XS to soft-open the season of Nightswim. Of course, the way the residency was announced had a little something to do with it—the Norwegian musician was joined by performers from Wynn’s Le Rêve production for a dramatic video above the show’s 1.1 million gallon pool, with the classically trained pianist playing a medley of his songs as rain, fire and snow pelted the synchronized swimmers below.
But it’s the rapid rise of the artist that makes the occasion special. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll became the first artist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify in 2015, and his first album, Cloud Nine, debuted atop both the iTunes Dance Albums and Nielsen Soundscan’s Electronic Albums charts. After scoring another hit with a remix of The Weeknd and Daft Punk’s “Starboy” in the fall, Kygo kicked off 2017 with the release of catchy pop-crossover single “It Ain’t Me” with Selena Gomez. He debuted two more new tracks, “Never Let You Go” and “Kids in Love,” during a surprise performance at Ultra, then announced a summer residency at Ibiza’s super-hip Ushuaïa Beach Hotel, starting in July.
Until then, Kygo will rule the Strip with frequent performances throughout May and June at XS and Encore Beach Club.
Kygo at Nightswim soft opening at XS at Encore, April 30.