Hakkasan reveals stellar 2019 roster topped by Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and Martin Garrix

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Hakkasan reveals stellar 2019 roster topped by Tiësto, ZEDD, Calvin Harris, and Martin GarrixTiesto Hakkasan

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.

See the full lineup for Hakkasan Group below and grab tickets here.

Hakkasan lineup 2019:

Calvin Harris
Tiësto
Zedd
Martin Garrix
Steve Aoki
Borgeous
Burns
Cash Cash
Chantel Jeffries
Crankdat
DJ Drama
Fergie DJ
Generik
Gryffin
Illenium
Jeff Retro
Lil Jon
Loud Luxury
Mark Eteson
Nervo
NGHTMRE
Nicky Romero
Niiko x SWAE
Party Favor
Porter Robinson
4B

 

Mysterious Wynn Instagram post hints at Swedish House Mafia date — or more

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Mysterious Wynn Instagram post hints at Swedish House Mafia date — or moreSwedish House Mafia Rukes Credit

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.

 

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Boys Noize and Lady Gaga tease long-awaited collaboration on opening night of Gaga’s Las Vegas residency

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Boys Noize and Lady Gaga tease long-awaited collaboration on opening night of Gaga’s Las Vegas residencyBoys Noize Mayday Lil Internet

Lady Gaga‘s new Las Vegas residency has been one of the most anticipated entertainment events in the country since its announcement over the summer. The show, known as Enigma, is a high-tech production launching at MGM’s Park Theater on Friday December 28. Earlier this year, rumors broke that Boys Noize and the Joanne vocalist were collaborating, and now with Enigma’s debut, Berlin’s favorite son took to Twitter to tease his involvement in the show’s production.

In the tantalizing Enigma teaser posted on Instagram, an animated female figure is whisked through a celestial transformation, ending with a chill-inducing “Hello, Gaga” at the end of the short clip. Boys Noize posted the video as well, suggesting that he’s adding to his already spectacular rap sheet in 2018 as his presumed collaboration with Lady Gaga is likely starting to reach the surface. Gaga will perform for the first time at the Park MGM a decade after the New Yorker skyrocketed into super stardom with her debut album, The Fame.

 

Drake is headed to the Strip — slated headline XS Nightclub in early 2019

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Drake is headed to the Strip — slated headline XS Nightclub in early 2019Drake Getty

Drake is headed to Las Vegas in 2019, and he’s got the Wynn in his cross hairs. With too many Vegas-inspired lyrics to count, the OVO helmer will be right at home when he headlines XS Nightclub on January 10, as part of the larger Consumer Electronics Show going on that same week. The show is billed as an added amenity for the convention, though admission is also open to the public. While Drake’s Strip appearances have previously been more few and far between, his performance at XS at the onset of 2019 has sparked speculation that Vegas might be a more frequent territory for the Scorpion rapper in the future, and additional performances could soon follow.

While Drizzy is only confirmed for his performance on January 10, sources close to XS have seemingly confirmed the pop star has inked an agreement to appear for a 12-show run at the club over the next two years. Live Drake performances will be in high demand next year, following his unsurprising sweep of Spotify and Apple Music’s year end statistics in 2018.

Las Vegas’ MSG Sphere looks to take live performances to the next level

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Las Vegas’ MSG Sphere looks to take live performances to the next levelMsg Sphere Las Vegas

As live performance venues continue to look for new and innovative ways to immerse their attendees fully in the experience, the company behind Madison Square Garden looks to take things up a notch.

The company has planned an ambitious new project in Las Vegas: an 18,000-seat, dome-shaped performance venue in The Venetian called the MSG Sphere. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Madison Square Garden Company execs James Dolan and David Dibble explained that the unique venue walls will be made up of massive screens and 157,000 ultra-directional speakers. Dibble noted that the gigantic video screens will arc up over the audience “like a planetarium times ten” to create an all-encompassing experience, with the speaker system embedded in the walls behind the screens. The flooring, too, will be part of this immersive experience.

“We have developed a haptic flooring system,” Dibble told Rolling Stone. “It’s still a bit of a work in progress, but the lowest bass response, instead of being transmitted through the air, is literally transmitted through the floor, directly into your feet or onto the chair in which you sit, and it’s a remarkable experience.”

The MSG Sphere is set to open by 2021, with another similar model planned for East London.

Las Vegas’ MSG Sphere looks to take live performances to the next levelMsg Sphere

H/T: Consequence of Sound

Ring in New Years in Las Vegas with Calvin Harris, Tiësto, ZEDD, Kaskade, J. Cole, and more

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Ring in New Years in Las Vegas with Calvin Harris, Tiësto, ZEDD, Kaskade, J. Cole, and moreOMNIA Zedd Photo Credit Mike Kirschbaum 2

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.

See Hakkasan Group’s full lineup and schedule of artists and venues for New Year’s, and purchase tickets here. 

From Martin Garrix and Zedd to Illenium and Kaskade, Hakkasan is bringing a gang of talent to Las Vegas for Halloween

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Hakkasan Group is pulling out all the stops for Halloween 2018. The Las Vegas hospitality giant is extending Halloween to a full week, running holiday themed festivities at each of their properties across the strip, spanning from October 25 – October 31. As the month winds down, an eclectic cast of talent will descend upon Vegas — drawing the likes of Steve Aoki, Kaskade, ZEDD, NGHTMRE, Martin Garrix, Borgore, and Lil Uzi Vert to name a few, for one of the busiest party weeks of the year.

JEWEL, Hakkasan, OMNIA, and 1 OAK Nightclub will also feature supporting sets from DJ Drama, Illenium, and others across Halloween week. Along with themed club decor and unbeatable nightly lineups, OMNIA is even hosting a costume contest with a $5,000 grand prize. For a full list of lineups and events, head to Hakkasan Group’s website.

Purchase Hakkasan Halloween tickets here.

MSG signs lease to build futuristic ‘Sphere’ venue

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MSG signs lease to build futuristic ‘Sphere’ venueMsg Sphere Las Vegas

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) edges closer to the eventual completion of its Las Vegas “MSG Sphere,” a 23,000 capacity crystal dome shaped venue that will seek to “revolutionize the way artists and audiences connect” through its technological design.

“The environments and the stories told with this new medium will be impactful,” MSG Chairman and CEO James Dolan stated of the initiative. “We’re just beginning to imagine where we’ll take our audiences,” Dolan added, citing the Sphere as a structure tailored to the performative needs of the “finest storytellers, artists, and content creators across the globe.”

MSG signed a lease with Las Vegas Sands Corp, owner of both the Venetian and the Palazzo casinos, on July 13. Sands Corp will provide MSG with $75 million in funding over the course of the Sphere’s construction. The terms of the lease dictate that MSG must open the building by 2023, although MSG officials intend to have the structure operational by 2020.

The $75 million allocated to the Sphere will finance a pedestrian bridge between the casinos and the Sphere. MSG will lease the land that surrounds the Sphere for a 50-year period, during which MSG will pay Sands 25 percent of the Sphere’s “after-tax cash flow” rather than a fixed rent rate, if “certain return objectives for the MSG Sphere are achieved.”

MSG plans to establish a similar venue in London.

Photo Credit: Mixmag

H/T: Billboard

Watch Claude VonStroke & Green Velvet go b2b in Las Vegas

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It’s never too hot for a little Green Velvet.

The “Flash” producer recently met Claude VonStroke at the decks of Drai’s Beach Club in Las Vegas, where the two tech house heavyweights doled out a b2b set that functioned as a clear testament to the city’s status as the entertainment capital of the world. Fans of the DJs can take a trip to “La La Land” via the newly released live video of the set.

H/T: Mixmag

From dusk ’till dawn under the Electric Sky — EDC’s first camping venture

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EDC Las Vegas 2018 - Jake West

As a festival built on an ethereal foundation of acceptance, imagination and an appreciation for dance music, Electric Daisy Carnival has contrived and solidified their elusive reputation in the realm of music festivals. It has grown to become one of the most distinguished dance music festivals throughout the globe, after years of creating transcendental experiences that manage to remain unique to, and a principal facet to the festival’s essence.

Some may say that EDC’s success can be ascribed to its core focus on the principles of unity, love, self expression, and respect. Others may attribute it to the touches of creative ingenuity in every aspect of the festival, along with their perpetual nature of outdoing themselves with the passing of each year.

EDC 2018 - Jake West

Though EDC excels in all areas of community creativity, and growth, their success innately derives from their focus on the festival attendees — thoughtfully referred to as the “Headliners” behind the weekend. No festival is able to thrive without balancing their hiccups with accompanying improvements, and this one is certainly one of those that learns from their mistakes.

From its very first edition held in 1997, to the colossal three-day takeover just over two decades later, EDC has risen to the top of the international festival landscape with little competition along the way. The 2018 edition proved to be nothing short of what is known as the “EDC experience”, as the team worked magic to pull off 72+ hours of unprecedented extravagance.

With prior years of facing issues with shuttle transportation, and being at mercy to the desiccant, desert heat, one of the largest additions (and solutions) to this years event included the introduction of Camp EDC. Positioned just outside the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Camp EDC hosted over 20,000+ attendees over the course of the weekend, kicking off a lineup of widespread festivities right from the get-go. Campers were given the choice between the GA Moonstone, and VIP Desert Rose tenting accommodation, each priced within reasonable grounds to the accustomed price-hike that Las Vegas visitors typically assume. RV Camping was available for  those who weren’t fans of traditional camping, offering a more “cushy” outdoor experience.

While Camp EDC was an excellent solution to alleviating the traffic load to the venue, it came at the cost of long entry wait times to the campgrounds.

Campers took to social media to relay their dismay behind the circumstances, tweeting both EDC and festival owner, Pasquale Rotella, about the 8+ hour wait times, and the risk of running out of gas/car battery. For those who were the lucky few that managed to be in the right place at the right time managed to breeze into the campgrounds, and get set unpacked before the weekend madness commenced.

Camp EDC’s first-ever campground kick-off party took place in their common-grounds, known better by “The Mesa.” Well prepared for the daily heat and incoming profusion of happy campers, “The Mesa” was characterized by colorful landmarks, non-stop daily activities, and weekend-long pool parties hosted by fan-favorite groups like Space Yacht, Insomniac Records, and Brownies & Lemonade.

Thursday’s pre-party was one for the bassheads (and was definitely met to bewilderment from campers seeking a more tame pre-EDC night), hosted by Excision, G Jones and Habstrakt as they played out on the illustrious Parliament Art car. To add to the already stacked evening, NGHTMRE went b2b with Slander in the early evening; adding to the large case of FOMO that non-campers, and campers who weren’t yet inside experienced. Camp EDC 2018 - Skyler Greene

With the good came the bad, and EDC was not exempt from the common camping festival struggles. Desert Rose campers were promised their own 24 hour, VIP bathroom/shower facilities, yet these were unaccessible at different points throughout the first day. Shower lines for the rest of the weekend were rarely scarce, pushing people to head back to their tents and resort to a good ‘ol-fashioned baby-wipe shower. Bumps on the road aside, no festival is complete without a few mishaps, especially when accommodating to 20,000+ thousand people in the middle of the desert.

Between the daily pool parties, and influx of group activities aiming to address the mind, soul and body, Camp EDC was a cloud nine destination for those looking to fulfill their EDC experience. Just as Insomniac prides themselves on centralizing the principles of positivity and respect, staff and security showed ample enthusiasm and genuine concern to the needs of festival-goers, making for smooth and sweet conversations all around.

EDC Las Vegas 2018 - Skyler Greene

An attribution to the countless hours placed before the festival’s success, campers left tired, yet fulfilled at heart from the three-night spectacle. A daunting task which proves difficult to face, EDC deserves credit where it’s due. Corralling over 20,000 individuals amongst 3,400 tents and 1,100 RV’s requires far more than extraneous planning and meticulous calculations. A project of this caliber requires patience, unwavering dedication and a love for dance music; drawing back to the founding pillars behind Insomniac’s success.

Photo credits: Skyler Greene and Jake West.