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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Cardi B will be the new kid on the block as the Bronx-native heads to the Las Vegas Strip for her very first residency. Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort announced on January 23 that the “Bodak Yellow” rapper was one of the first artists to secure a residency with KAOS, a brand new dual day-club and nightclub slated to open in April.
Joining Cardi B for the club’s inaugural talent roster, Skrillex, Kaskade, Above and Beyond, and G-EAZY round out KAOS’ exclusive list of 2019 residents. KAOS is one of the products of Palms’ recent $690 million dollar renovation of its existing resort. Sure to be Las Vegas’ latest hot spot upon its April opening, KAOS promises visitors hi-fi tech, including a rotating, 360-degree DJ booth.
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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Wynn Nightlife, home of XS club, has just begun a subtle, yet well-executed frenzy on theirs and XS’ Instagram page that hints at what could be one of their biggest events of the year: Swedish House Mafia‘s imminent arrival.
Nothing is for certain, of course, but the stark black-and-white design with the same font used in other promotional materials for the group plus text that reads, “We Are Home” heavily implies our conjecture. At this moment in time, it’s impossible to tell if the legendary trio will be stopping by as a mere tour stop, or if they’re booked for an actual residency. XS and a swarm of Wynn promoters are currently working to magnify hype to maximum levels with a series of coordinated commenting.
January 9 is the date inscribed on the post when Wynn/XS is expected to unveil its big announcement; until then, we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation and excitement.