Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, deadmau5 to headline Fortnite Party Royale Premiere

This weekend, Fortnite plays host to a star-studded dance party in honor of the new Party Royale mode. The Party Royale Premiere features Dillon Francis, Steve Aoki, and deadmau5 performing back-to-back sets.

The hourlong show starts at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, May 8. Just like for other events, no sign-up is required; you can jump into the live event at any time, even during the show. The show will replay on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

Dillon Francis will kick off the night with a DJ set, followed by a performance by Steve Aoki. Deadmau5 is scheduled to go on stage around 9:40 p.m. ET.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Fortnite event without a souvenir. Anyone who logs into Fortnite this weekend will receive Neon Wings, which is a new, music-reactive Back Bling.

The Party Royale trailer shows off a great preview of the dance party’s light show, along with some of the other Party Royale activities like kite-flying, boat racing, and off-roading. You can also see what the new back bling looks like in action.

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Let’s keep the party going with our Party Royale Premiere LIVE on May 8 at 9PM ET featuring @DillonFrancis @steveaoki @deadmau5: https://t.co/H18c3UgBL1 pic.twitter.com/Cgt3r7LXQO

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) May 6, 2020

Party Royale is the newest way to hang out in Fortnite. Introduced last month, this “all chill, no sweat” mode provides a social space to explore and hang out with friends. There are no weapons and no building materials. Instead, the experimental mode focuses on non-combat activities, like obstacle courses, races, and new items like the Paint Launcher.

The Party Royale Premiere isn’t just a launch for the new experimental mode — it’s also a celebration of Fortnite’s overwhelming popularity. The game’s 350 million registered players spent 3.2 billion hours in-game during April alone. Some of this playtime surge can be credited to last month’s in-game event. Travis Scott’s wildly successful in-game concert drew 27 million players.

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