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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”