During EDC week, Hakkasan Nightclub celebrated the unveiling of The Hakkasan Grid, a ceiling art installation introduced with a performance by Tiësto. The 30-foot, 12,000-pound Hakkasan Grid creates infinite shapes from flowers, cones, waves and more, adding to the Vegas nightclub’s already-immersive sensory experience. It’s the largest kinetic light installation in the United States, and it’s the only ceiling to be pixel-mappable and capable of color mixing, allowing fully customized images and patterns to flow between triangles seamlessly.
Performances by Steve Aoki and Calvin Harris followed Tiësto, as the avant-garde designed light installation was unveiled to the public. The Grid is made of 57 4-foot sculptural triangles that combine to form a 30-foot showpiece connected via 169 high-precision winches that can transform the nightclub’s musical landscape into infinite shapes and colors above the dance floor. Each triangle was custom-designed and 3D printed with premium materials from German brand KINECTIC LIGHTS.
James Algate, executive vice president of entertainment at Hakkasan Group, said in a press release, “The nightlife industry requires constant evolution and excellence, and we pride ourselves on consistently rising to this challenge and providing our guests with unforgettable, transformative experiences. We’re thrilled to yet again push the boundaries of nightlife with the new Hakkasan Grid. We’re confident that guests will be blown away by this futuristic, multi-sensory experience we’ve created.”
As EDC week inches nearer, the city of Las Vegas prepares to welcome thousands of festival-goers to the Motor Speedway’s nearby attractions. Among these is Hakkasan Nightclub, which has made a name for itself since 2013 by bringing EDM’s top names to its hallowed dance floors. With the biggest week in dance music just days away, Hakkasan has announced an innovative new aspect to the nightclub experience: the Hakkasan Grid.
The Grid is a multi-million-dollar custom-built light installation that can be synced with live music, enhancing the club experience with 57 4-foot seamless triangles that form a 30-foot structure over the dance floor. The Grid will be incorporated into the venue’s residency performances, which include Calvin Harris, Zedd, Steve Aoki, and more.
“The nightlife industry requires constant evolution and excellence, and we pride ourselves on consistently rising to this challenge and providing our guests with unforgettable, transformative experiences,” James Algate, executive vice president of entertainment at Hakkasan Group, said in a press release. “We’re thrilled to yet again push the boundaries of nightlife with the new Hakkasan Grid. We’re confident that guests will be blown away by this futuristic, multi-sensory experience we’ve created.”
During EDC Week, Hakkasan Nightclub will be the only place to see Calvin Harris. The singular show will take place on Saturday, May 18. Hakkasan Group is throwing a grip of electronic parties along the Vegas strip to complement Insomniac’s concurrent 2019 iteration of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas. Hakkasan’s EDC Week events will occur across the brand’s Sin City holdings, ranging from Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand, to their three-story OMNIA Nightclub, where Harris has his residency.
Harris is slated to play with his protégé, Australian DJ, Generik, who regularly opens for Harris in Vegas. Other acts playing Hakkasan Nightclub include Illenium on May 15, Tiësto and Jonas Blue on May 16, Steve Aoki on May 17, and Lil Jon on May 19.
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
Driving down the Las Vegas strip, one may see the face of Generik gracing billboards promoting upcoming shows at Omnia and Hakkasan nightclubs. As a resident of Hakkasan group, he has landed the opening slot for Calvin Harris‘s club nights, and he headlines his own shows when he’s not opening for Harris. As one of premiere club circuits in the world, making it in Las Vegas is the mark for many as true success in the DJ world, but for Generik, it’s not a milestone he grew up dreaming of, or even really thinking about.
Born Tyson O’Brien, the Australian admits he wasn’t particularly interested in electronic music growing up thanks to his affinity for bands. After seeing 2manydjs blend dance music and bands, his interest was sparked, and his love for the genre took off from there. When he decided to start producing and DJing, he consulted with his mom about what his DJ name should be. She aptly told him to ‘make sure his DJ name wasn’t too generic!” A simple “c” swapped with a “k” later, and O’Brien’s moniker was born.
Known for his ability to enliven a club, Generik’s original productions embody just that, and latest release “Tony” has cool tech house vibes juxtaposed with silky vocals that easily get the listener’s energy up. The track is out via You Do You, the producer’s own imprint that he just recently started.
Generik explains, “Tony is just a feel good club record, something to dance to, and I dare you to try and figure out the lyrics. I’ve got a bunch of music coming from myself and also on the label that I can’t wait to share!”
When it comes to his new imprint, he explains that finding new music has always been an outlet for him. Instead of keeping the music for himself, he can now sign it and put it out. As the label’s name suggests, You Do You is all about “No boundaries, no rules, just quality music!” per Generik.
“Tony” is one of the club-ready tracks featured in Generik’s Saturday Night Session mix, and when asked what the hour long set will get listener’s ready for, he answers, “My mix is going to be full of grooves! It’s something you can put on when pre-gaming. Then once you’re home, put it on for your after party!”
How did you choose your DJ name? Were there any other potential DJ names in contention? My mum actually chose it kind of accidentally. I asked her what it should be and she said, ‘nothing too generic!’ So I changed a ‘c’ with a ‘k’ and yeah! At the time there weren’t any others. I guess using my real name would have been a smarter idea.
Was music always what you were going to do? Was there a point in time where your life direction looked pretty different than how it ended up now? I was never really into dance music growing up, I was more into bands. Then I saw 2manydjs blend bands & dance music, and it all kind of clicked. I never thought I’d be a DJ when I was younger, let alone playing in Ibiza and having billboards in Las Vegas!
What is your favorite and least favorite part of this career? Favourite part is seeing people have a good time. Looking out to a bunch of people smiling and dancing is an amazing feeling. Least favourite part is the lack of sleep, but that can also mean you’re having a great time so maybe its all good??
You recently started record label ‘You Do You.’ What inspired you to start a record label? Also, what does the name of the label encapsulate? I’ve always loved discovering new music and I figured that instead of just keeping bomb records for myself, I should sign them and put them out! The label name is exactly what you’d think, its about the artist doing what they do! No boundaries, no rules, just quality music!
How would your friends describe you? Always happy, the life of the party, a shit golfer and a great friend.
Wildest fan story or the story of your wildest night? First time I went to Ibiza I ended up at this after party with a nightclub carved into a mountain called “The Kave.” It was a mental party with Ricardo Villalobos DJing. PS- always take sunglasses when going out in Ibiza you never know when you’re going to go home again hahah.
You recently released your new single “Tony”. What was the inspiration behind the single? Can we expect more music from you soon? Tony is just a feel good club record, something to dance to, and I dare you to try and figure out the lyrics. I’ve got a bunch of music coming from myself and also on the label that I can’t wait to share!!!
Favorite and least favorite thing about living in LA? LA is a melting pot for creativity. There are so many people flying in and out that you can work with! Least favourite is traffic. My god the traffic.
What kind of a Saturday Night is your Saturday Night Session mix going to get us ready for? My mix is going to be full of grooves! It’s something you can put on when pre-gaming. Then once you’re home, put it on for your after party!
KAOS is expected to be the hottest new spot on the club circuit with a mesmerizing state-of-the-art dayclub/nightclub hybrid design and a stellar lineup of resident talent booked for its inaugural season. Perhaps equally as exciting as the grand opening is the club’s partnership with Summer Splash, allowing attendees to be one of the first to experience Vegas’ newest entertainment hotspot.
With four different Summer Splash trip dates to choose from in July and August, there’s no excuse for your crew to not take advantage of the best value in Vegas. The real kicker though is the deal—in fact, it’s kind of mind boggling. There’s really no other way to squeeze as much out of Vegas without breaking the bank. A Summer Splash VIP package includes five nights of hotel lodging at the Palms in addition to complimentary VIP entry—that’s right, skip all the insane Vegas lines. What’s more, Summer Splash patrons get access to six clubs and four pool parties soundtracked by some of the most popular DJs on the planet, with performances from some of the biggest artists in the world. Best of all, the price for all of that is less than most other weekend festivals in a stadium parking lot, and there are no competing sets, which means you get to catch everything. It’s the best way to do Vegas, simple as that. Learn about VIP packages and reservations and see the full Summer Splash 2019 lineup here. Summer Splash is an exclusive event that sells out every year and Tier 1 prices go up after April 5 so gather your crew and reserve your spot today.
Before Las Vegas became the mecca for blockbuster DJ residencies at posh mega clubs, Atlantic City reigned supreme. The East Coast entertainment and tourism hub’s rich history began well before it became the first city outside of Nevada to offer legal gambling. Though over time, Atlantic City’s booming commercial appeal faltered, and at point of the city’s steepest decline, Vegas caught on to the global EDM boom, and the world’s top rap and dance talents all started vying for valuable residency slots at some of the hottest club properties in the country.
Atlantic City, once the home Caesar’s Palace, Bally’s, and more, may have fallen on hard times, but that doesn’t mean that the enduring entertainment hotspot has not hung on. Now, it seems the little engine that could may be picking up some steam once again. The city has remained an East Coast entertainment center point behind clubs like Hard Rock’s emerging DAER concept. The new indoor/outdoor hybrid, championed by the Hard Rock brand’s deep musical legacy, has been drawing in top-tier talent since it opened in June 2018, programming a state of the art venue that manages to capture big room energy and an intimate feel all at once.
DAER, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, has staked its claim on the national club circuit with major bookings including Drake, Tiësto, Alesso, Travis Scott, Above & Beyond, and more in its first months in business. The secret ingredient to DAER’s success though comes from venerated industry talent that has quietly migrated away from current social hotspots to head back to the East Coast and ignite Atlantic City’s resurgence. Former Hakkasan figures have brought their know-how to New Jersey and Atlantic City’s restoration seems to be underway. If DAER is the comparative barometer for what the boardwalk could eventually go back to, things are going to start looking up for the East Coast club scene. DAER hasn’t even had a full trip around the sun yet, but a recap of the club’s first six months in operation shows Atlantic City’s exciting comeback starting to materialize, largely behind what could likely become one of the most in-demand clubs in the country.
Worldwide hospitality giant Hakkasan Group, has delivered the dates and official lineup for this year’s daylife debauchery at WET Republic. The pool parties begin on March 8, drawing a stellar cast of talent for the 2019 lineup. Parties will run every weekend, with grand opening weekend officially designated for May 3 – 5. Las Vegas’ favorite power players—Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and ZEDD— will soundtrack posh poolside festivities, along with a handful of exciting newcomers.
Among them is Loud Luxury, the Canadian college friends turned chart-topping DJ duo, who have officially acquired their first residency with Hakkasan. The residency includes performances at Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, OMNIA Nightclub, WET REPUBLIC. The deal slaps them on event calendars alongside top-tier talent like Cash Cash, Steve Aoki, NGHTMRE, and more through 2019.
Las Vegas has always been host to entertainment’s cream of the crop — from Frank Sinatra to most recently Lady Gaga. However, in terms of electronic dance music, Vegas is more than just the big leagues, it’s the Hall of Fame. The world’s best all seem to make their ways to Sin City and 2019 is no different. Entertainment powerhouse Hakkasan Group has debuted this year’s talent roster for Wet Republic Ultra Pool, OMNIA at Caesars Palace, and of course Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. Topping the bill this year is seven-time Hakkasan resident, Tiësto, as well as returning resident headliner Calvin Harris, who is contracted through 2020.
Grammy-nominated producer ZEDD will return to Vegas in 2019, along with Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, and a host of top-tier and up-and-coming electronic performers, ranging from new breakouts Loud Luxury to NGHTMRE, Illenium to Party Favor, and interestingly, Porter Robinson too. “Playing for the crowds in Las Vegas at these amazing venues is an honor for me. I’m fortunate I get to do it again in 2019,” says ZEDD of his return to Nevada for the upcoming events season.
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For dance revelers and hip-hop heads alike, one of the premier destinations for New Year’s celebrations is always Las Vegas. The Strip never sleeps and with Hakkasan Group‘s reliably stacked programming, the best of the best are lined up to be soundtracking the final club nights of the year. Party goers can expect to ring in 2019 with performances from ZEDD, Tyga, Tiësto Lil Jon, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and more at some of the country’s most in-demand super clubs — OMNIA, JEWEL, Hakkasan Nightclub, and 1OAK.
Festivities begin at MGM Grand on Saturday, December 29 with Party Favor, rapper Tory Lanez at JEWEL, and ZEDD kicking off New Year’s Weekend at OMNIA. Hakkasan’s collective New Year’s roster rounds out a massive year of performances along the Strip this year, and points to an even bigger year of billings ready to get underway.
Las Vegas nightlife hub, Hakkasan, has a proven knack for pairing top EDM talent with the most in-demand hip-hop acts in the game right now, but they’re one-upping themselves with their latest booking. Dim Mak kingpin Steve Aoki is primed to take over the club on November 15 with one of rap’s most sought-after performers of the moment, Lil Uzi Vert, for the duo’s first ever co-headlining performance. While Uzi and Aoki have yet to officially collaborate, a shared stage in Las Vegas this month could give way to a studio link sometime down the line.
Lil Uzi Vert and Steve Aoki’s shared headline performance comes amid a packed month of entertainment on the Las Vegas strip. Heavy hitters like NGHTMRE, Kaskade, Tiësto, and Matoma are all also slated to perform at Hakkasan and the club’s affiliated properties across the month of November. Find Hakkasan’s full November lineup below.