Las Vegas’ KAOS nightclub shutters after just seven months

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Las Vegas’ KAOS nightclub shutters after just seven monthsKaos Vegas Photo Credit Clint Jenkins

After a glitzy seven-month run, KAOS nightclub has closed. The dual day and nightclub housed at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was the crown jewel of the hotel’s intensive $690 million dollar renovations.

A newcomer to Sin City’s nightlife circuit, KAOS attracted preeminent artists such as Cardi B, Skrillex, Travis Scott, and Marshmello, all of whom were featured in KAOS’ opening lineup and ad campaign in January 2019.

Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of the Palms, formally announced that it would cut the lights on KAOS on Nov. 5, due to the high costs associated with the club’s operation.

While Palms has experienced exceptional growth across both the gaming and non-gaming segments of the business, the expense side of the business has been challenging to date, due in large part to the entertainment and fixed cost structure associated with KAOS.

Therefore, we have decided to take some time to reassess the programming and use of those venues going forward.

-Red Rocks Resorts vice president, Michael Britt

Britt said Palms will continue to use the spacious 73,000 square foot dayclub, 29,000-square-foot nightclub for “private meeting space and special events, in addition to everyday resort pool operations.”

KAOS’ closure is timely: on Nov. 5, Red Rocks Resorts also reported a net income loss of $26.8 million for the third quarter of 2019. The company attributed its decline in net income to “one-time charges relating to the termination of certain artist performance agreements and employment arrangements at the Palms.” The company also cited higher depreciation and amortization relative to the Palms’ redevelopment as influencing factors in a press release.

H/T: News 3 Las Vegas

Photo credit: Clint Jenkins

Insomniac Events donates EDC camping tents to shelter Hurricane Dorian victims

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Insomniac Events donates EDC camping tents to shelter Hurricane Dorian victimsInsomniac Hurricane Aid Photo Courtesy Insomniac Evants

Pasquale Rotella and Insomniac Events have joined the Hurricane Dorian effort in a vital way, transporting 750 of its Shiftpod2 Advanced Shelter Systems to Bahamas via air to help over 5,000 victims left without a home in the storm’s aftermath. The Shiftpods, which were built to withstand harsh elements including wind, rain, and excessive heat, have been used over the past couple years to house tens of thousands of EDC attendees at the Las Vegas Speedway since the festival launched its camping program.

Dorian, clocking in as a Category 5 storm, has been measured as the strongest ever to hit the Bahamas since recordkeeping began, wreaking a great deal of havoc to the Northern region of the islands and reaching its peak damage level upon its landing. 43 were recorded dead within days of the tragedy, with hundreds still missing. Insomniac Event staff members are now on ground assisting in the rebuild, where they’re expected to help set up these new shelters for residents in need.

UNICEF is currently accepting funds for hurricane relief efforts as well; head here to donate.

H/T: Fox 5 News Las Vegas

Photo credit: Insomniac Events

STFU & Party announces first-ever Las Vegas iteration, shares vibrant visual from Bimini edition [Watch]

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STFU & Party announces first-ever Las Vegas iteration, shares vibrant visual from Bimini edition [Watch]IMG 5433

With five successful iterations in the rearview, STFU & Party is now setting its sights on 2020 as it readies another momentous installment in its annual Spring Break party series. Coolly positioned just off the coast of South Florida, the Bimini based affair has provided electronic music enthusiasts a dance music destination event each Spring Break season. With prior editions headed by esteemed artists such as Lost Kings, Two Friends, Dr. Fresch, Young Bombs, and Thomas Gold, STFU & Party has routinely rallied celebrated dance acts for vibrantly soundtracked, sun soaked experiences.

But before STFU & Party goes back to Bimini in 2020, it will first head to Las Vegas in October for the first-ever STFU & Party to take place in Sin City. Thrill seekers can get a sneak peek of what awaits both in Bimini and in Las Vegas via STFU & Party’s newly released 2019 recap video. Packages to both STFU & Party locations are currently available on STFU & Party’s official website.

ZEDD, Illenium, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson all locked in for Hakkasan’s Labor Day Weekend lineup

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ZEDD, Illenium, Martin Garrix, and Porter Robinson all locked in for Hakkasan’s Labor Day Weekend lineupMartin Garri And Zedd At OMNIA Nightclub Las Vegas Photo Credit Wolf Productions

Ah, the unofficial end of summer – Labor Day Weekend. 

There really isn’t a better party weekend to be had all summer long, and nobody does LDW like Las Vegas. Events giant Hakkasan has curated a stacked lineup in honor of the long weekend, bringing Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Illenium and more to the Strip from August 29 – September 2. Additional starpower for the weekend comes by way of performances from Tiesto, Playboi Carti, Tyga, and Lil Jon among others. 

Between nightclub properties Hakkasan, JEWEL, 1 OAK, and OMNIA, there’s a taste for everyone, and that’s even before considering the poolside lineups at WET Republic and LIQUID. From Desiigner to Porter Robinson, there’s a party for everyone in Vegas this year for LDW, courtesy of Hakkasan. To see Hakkasan’s full lineups and purchase tickets, click here.

Featured image: Wolf Productions

EDC attendee’s boyfriend charged with attempted murder after she went ‘against his wishes’

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EDC attendee’s boyfriend charged with attempted murder after she went ‘against his wishes’Edclv 1

A Las Vegas man named Ryan Mansour has been charged with attempted murder following a dispute with his girlfriend over attending EDC “against his wishes.” According to authorities, the fight began on Tuesday after the festival when the suspect angrily left his work early to confront his significant other over pictures he found of her at the Speedway gathering. At some point amid the fighting, which also involved endeavors to throw out shared memorabilia, the girlfriend (whose name has been redacted) got into her boyfriend’s car. Upon her exit from the vehicle, he allegedly ran her over in a bout of rage.

Mansour claims the accident was unintentional, advising he wasn’t paying attention on account of his anger and that he’d “made a dumb mistake,” according to his lawyer. Immediately after noticing what he’d done, he’d immediately began to “jack the car up” to get his girlfriend out from underneath. Luckily, her life was saved; but she did sustain injuries which include skin and liver lacerations, a collapsed lung, and a broken arm, leg, and pelvis. The suspect is currently in jail with a $25,000 bail posted.

H/T: Las Vegas Review Journal

STREAM NOW: Watch deadmau5 live from the Cosmic Meadow stage at EDC Las Vegas

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STREAM NOW: Watch deadmau5 live from the Cosmic Meadow stage at EDC Las VegasDeadmau5 Cube 3.0

Deadmau5 takes his spotlight at EDC Las Vegas’ Cosmic Meadow for one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend. The Mau5trap head honcho debuted his Cube v3 rig at Ultra Music Festival in tow with announcing a slate of upcoming fall North American tour dates. The legendary producer is coming off of the third rendition of his mau5ville project and he’s also recently grabbed his first film score credits with Netflix’s Polar.

To see the deadmau5 in action, tune into the EDC livestream below.

Hakkasan Nightclub wows with immersive ‘Grid’ installation, debuting EDC week

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Hakkasan Nightclub wows with immersive ‘Grid’ installation, debuting EDC weekHakkasan Grid Rendering 2

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.”

Featured photo courtesy of Hakkasan

Life is Beautiful unveils 2019 lineup, featuring Zedd, Louis The Child, Billie Eilish, and more

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Life is Beautiful unveils 2019 lineup, featuring Zedd, Louis The Child, Billie Eilish, and moreLife Is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful returns to Las Vegas later this year, taking over 18 blocks of the city to host a multi-day festival of today’s biggest names. For its seventh edition, the festival boasts a multi-genre set of talent, with some of EDM’s hottest acts topping the bill.

Festival-goers will have to witness performances by Zedd, RÜFÜS Du Sol, Louis the Child, Gryffin, JAUZ, Oliver Heldens, Whethan, Hot Chip, Lost Kings, OOKAY, Hermitude, DROELOE, and more, along with chart-toppers like Chance The Rapper, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and Portugal. The Man. Other programming highlights include House of Yes, Pod Save America, Desus & Mero, and Jonathan Van Ness. View the full lineup below.

Festival passes will be on sale beginning Thursday, April 25. Learn more and get tickets here.

Life is Beautiful unveils 2019 lineup, featuring Zedd, Louis The Child, Billie Eilish, and moreLife Is Beautiful Lineup 2019

BREAKING: EDC Las Vegas’ lineup is going live on Facebook [Stream Here]

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BREAKING: EDC Las Vegas’ lineup is going live on Facebook [Stream Here]Jake West For Insomniac Events 3 Min

The moment EDC Las Vegas fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. As of publication time, 6:00pm Pacific on March 26, Insomniac Events owner Pasquale Rotella is unveiling the iconic festival’s lineup via EDC’s official Facebook stage. Listen closely to each of the tracks being played; they hold the key to who will be making an appearance come May 17.

Each year of EDC builds upon its last, with the festival drawing in hundreds of thousands of dance music aficionados to the Las Vegas speedway for a celebration under the electric sky. In the past, notable acts like Martin Garrix, Bassnectar, Armin van Buuren, Mat Zo, and many more have played across its multiple stages, and this 2019’s billing is looking to mirror the quality the festival brings to the table in its curation.

EDC’s full lineup will be revealed on March 27 at 10am PST.

 

 

Photo Credit: Jake West

Enter to win a trip to see Galantis kick off their 2019 Wynn Las Vegas residency [Giveaway]

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Enter to win a trip to see Galantis kick off their 2019 Wynn Las Vegas residency [Giveaway]Galantis Photo Credit Katharina Naess

Want to “Runaway” to Las Vegas with Galantis? Thanks to Wynn Las Vegas, fans of the powerhouse Swedish producers have the chance to do just that. Galantis and Wynn have partnered to offer listeners the opportunity to win the trip of a lifetime. The lucky victor of Galantis and Wynn’s giveaway will receive a one-night stay at the luxury Las Vegas resort, a Galantis merch pack, a custom embroidered Spaceship jacket, and a meet & greet with Christian Jarlsson and Linus Eklöw of Galantis. The fun doesn’t stop after the meet & greet: the contest winner also gets exclusive access to Galantis’ private table at the show.

The Big Beat duo will make their way to the entertainment capital of the world, to deliver four performances, two at Wynn’s Encore Beach Club, and two at Wynn’s XS nightclub. Catch the “Bones” producers live on March 9, March 17, April 6, and April 13.

Enter the giveaway here.

Photo Credit: Katharina-Naess