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Dancing Astronaut Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2011 – Las Vegas – Friday, 5/27

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Make sure to check our Guide for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Dancing Astronaut loves going to events that promote EDM culture and lifestyle. Many of us were present during Miami Music Week, which we can safely say might have been the greatest week of our lives. Memorial Day Weekend allows us to follow up the events of Miami with another action packed weekend in Las Vegas. We will cover the various events spanning from day parties to night time clubbing activities. Many of you might be discouraged from going to Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend due to your plans for EDC (they are within a month of each other). Rest assured, after reading this guide you will be salivating at the opportunity to book a plane ticket and head on over to party with us!

Come Prepared

In case you have not noticed, Las Vegas is a desert. That means even at the end of May it is going to be HOT. Bring sunscreen, shades, and comfortable clothing because you are in for one crazy weekend and being able to fight the heat will only increase your enjoyment factor. Decide on which events you want to go to and purchase all tickets/tables/day beds for each respective party. Hopefully our choices will aid you in your decision making, but remember…there is no wrong choice! All the events have great DJs and almost every club in Vegas is a spectacle.

Purchasing Tickets

Ladies – we all know you are beautiful and due to your beauty you deserve to get in free…right? Sorry, Vegas has other plans. For most events there are ladies tickets and guys tickets. There is a big difference in pricing, the ladies pre-sale tickets are approximately half the price (sometimes even more) of the mens tickets. Guys – if you decide to go in a large group calculate the cost of the total ticket prices and compare them against table prices for that evening’s events. Remember, it may actually be a better deal to purchase a table than to each individually purchase a ticket.

Dancing Astronaut’s “Stamp of Approval”: Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub at the Cosmpolitan combines the posh sophistiqué approach that has made venues like TAO and LAVO so enticing with residencies by ATB, Roger Sanchez, Kaskade, Above & Beyond, and Erick Morillo. They’ve pulled out all the stops with their MDW lineup for their “UNITED” event, with Chuckie and Roger Sanchez playing a free beach party on May 30.

XS and Tryst are two of the biggest and best nightclubs that Vegas has to offer. Not only does XS have a fantasatic lineup for Memorial Day Weekend (Afrojack, A-Trak, Deadmau5, Feed Me, etc.), Ryan Perrings is the VIP services manager (of both XS and Tryst) and has the ability to come through in the clutch for any table/day bed/cabana reservations (even if you procrastinated till the last minute). Feel free to visit his facebook page or drop him a line at ryan.perrings@xslasvegas.com. He is very responsive and extremely passionate in making sure that your night is an absolute blast.

See You There?

Dancing Astronaut wholeheartedly believes that ‘the more the merrier’. We would love to meet up with you (especially if you are a single 20-30 something year old woman..just kidding, but not really). Email us at lasvegas@dancingastronaut.com if you are planning to attend any of the events or if you want to stop by for a few drinks in one of our massive ‘pre-game’ sessions. Most of the festivities begin Friday, but some of us will be there Thursday night!

Friday featured Day Event: Ditch Fridays @ Palms Pool & Bungalows

Time: 12 PM – 6 PM

Artists Performing: Morgan Page

Why Should You Go?

Ditch Fridays has been highly regarded as one of the best Friday pool parties that exists in Las Vegas. Not only does the Palms Resort boast two huge main pools, but they have an amazing sound system located on the left hand side of the pool area. Cabanas are lined up around the edges of the pool (upstairs and downstairs) surrounding you with 360 degrees of mayhem. If you are into gambling while at the pool party, the Palms offers a few blackjack tables located next to the center bar. Morgan Page is also highlighting the events and his ambient touch on the decks will only put you over the edge.

Nadia Ali – Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix)

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Purchase tickets for ‘Ditch Fridays’ here!

Other notable Day Events:

Victor Calderone & Boris @ Wet Republic MGM

1st Featured Night Event: Calvin Harris & Steve Aoki @ Surrender Night Club

Time: 10 PM – 2AM

Artists Performing: Calvin Harris & Steve Aoki

Why You Should Go?

Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki boast great reputations for being the best in the business at generating energy and bringing the heat. Seeing one of them in a night is great, but both of them in ONE night? That is absurd. Surrender is one of the premier clubs in Vegas and have slowly been adding EDM artists to their monthly residencies (Dada Life has been their latest addition).

Calvin Harris – Flashback (Original Mix)

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Calvin Harris – Awooga (Original Mix)

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Steve Aoki & Laidback Luke ft. Lil Jon – Turbulence (Original Mix)

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Pre-Sale tickets for this event are sold out. If you really want to go inquire the VIP host/hostess about table availability. If you are going in a relatively small group check out their 4 seat tables which are the most affordable.

*Video taken at Steve Aoki’s performance at XS*

2nd Featured Night Event: A-Trak @ XS Nightclub

Time: 9 PM – 4 AM

Artists Performing: A-Trak

Why You Should Go?

XS may arguably be the most popular club in Las Vegas. A-trak killed his set at Masquerade Motel and is a DJ’s DJ. What do I mean by that? His artistic abilities behind the decks are only matched by a select few DJs. It is clearly evident in his mixing and transition phases during his performance. Not only is this a great artist at an incredible venue, the tickets are relatively cheap (currently the male general admission prices are $50). Listen to the song below and you will want to see him live. If you want a table to this event make sure to email ryan.perrings@xslasvegas.com.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)

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Robyn – Indestructible (A-Trak Remix)

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Tickets for this event can be purchased here.

Other notable Night Events:

Manufactured Superstars @ Tryst Nightclub.

Roger Sanchez & Markus Schulz @ Marquee Nightclub inside the Cosmopolitan.

CLASH Fridays @ Rain Nightclub featuring Felix Da Housecat.

Make sure to check our Guide for SaturdaySunday, and Monday.

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