Since the rise of ‘big room’ progressive house, artists have been searching for ways to effectively entertain, and, more importantly, electrify the growing crowds. From incorporating folk music into career-defining sets to creating saturated synth stabs for a “festival” feel, DJs have a stronger drive than ever to outdo the competition and keep fans on the edge of their seats. Appropriately enough, MAKJ and Henry Fong’s ”Encore” teases fans with an extremely pleasing and uplifting chord progression before continuing on to hit your speakers with a blistering lead, following a genre-changing phenomenon that has become popular amongst fellow American producers. “Encore” will be released on Bingo Players’ Hysteria Records on December 2nd.Posted by
While new clubs Hakkasan and Light rack up residents for their opening seasons, Las Vegas’s mainstay day and night venues at the Wynn have enlisted Above & Beyond for this summer’s festivities. The trance group will bring their Group Therapy movement to nightclubs XS and Surrender as well as Encore Beach Club. Spanning May, June, and July, Above & Beyond take their rare act to Sin City for a seven-event showcase.
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As the temperatures in the Nevada desert continue to rise, Vegas pool party lineups are getting more and more exciting. Encore Beach Club in Steve Wynn’s Encore Hotel has just announced nineteen new dates for June and July, including appearances from Diplo, Steve Angello, and Porter Robinson during EDC, and Afrojack, Dirty South, and Above & Beyond during Fourth of July weekend.
Our recently crowned #1 artist of 2012, Eric Prydz, has just announced his new dual residency at Surrender and XS in Steve Wynn’s Wynn and Encore Las Vegas hotels, respectively. He’s calling it “Black Dice,” and attributes choosing the name of the residency as both an homage to Las Vegas (and the “thrill of the gamble”) and trying something a bit different in the American club scene.
2012 was a huge year for dance music, championed by the every growing club scene in Las Vegas, an influx of national tours and festivals and the undeniable mainstream acceptance of the “EDM” sound. Only a week into the new year and 2013 is already proving to be an even bigger one for our beloved genre – made abundantly clear today as the Wynn properties (Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst, XS) have just announced their expansive residency roster for the upcoming year. From Bassnectar to David Guetta, Avicii to Loco Dice, Wynn’s extensive cadre of nightclubs have the sounds to satisfy the full spectrum of electronic music fans.
Managing partner of XS, Jesse Waits, had this to say;
“Our team has worked day and night to present an unrivaled roster of residencies again in 2013 including both major headliners and the DJs we believe to be the next superstars of this genre. We hope to maintain our reputation as the mecca of dance music through these exclusive partnerships.”
Check out the full list of residencies after the break.
We thought there were an insane number of residents in Las Vegas this year, but it seems 2013 will be even bigger. With the opening of LIGHT at Mandalay Bay and Hakkasan at the MGM Grand, booking DJs has become pricey and competitive. Big names like Deadmau5 and Tiesto are reportedly pulling in between $250,000 and $425,000 a night.
The Wynn and Encore will be losing and gaining some residents (including Knife Party, Eric Prydz and Madeon) as LIGHT’s talent manager has already signed Alesso, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Nicky Romero and possibly eight others for an early April opening. Deadmau5 will venture to Hakkasan and will play alongside Tiesto, Steve Aoki, and Calvin Harris, all of whom are making the switch. Two Hakkasan residents will be performing at this years’ Grammy’s and they will be announcing arena shows and possibly a festival at the MGM Grand around that time as well. Seems like every DJ will be in Las Vegas this year making it the place to be if you’re a dance music fan — as if it wasn’t already.
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Earlier this year we, like others, noted how Las Vegas has started to morph into an American Ibiza — a mecca for DJs to be treated like kings and play in megaclubs on the scale only Las Vegas can provide. Even David Guetta said that “there is a new energy here that I really, really love.” With single clubs boasting 20 or 30 resident DJs, it is hard to disappoint almost any electronic fan.
This footage from the Wynn Resorts is a testament to how much the scene has grown and features video from Encore Beach Club, Tryst, XS, and Surrender over the crowd-flooded Memorial Day Weekend holiday. The video features the biggest names in dance music like Steve Angello, Deadmau5, Skrillex, David Guetta, Tiesto, and Avicii and shows their time behind the scenes as well as on stage. There are few videos that get us excited these days, but the Wynn just has so much talent it constantly reminds us that moving to Vegas wouldn’t be that bad.Posted by
Before you get too depressed that Miami Music Week and Ultra are over, here is the next six-day event to look forward to – Memorial Day Weekend Vegas. Las Vegas has evolved into an American Mecca for EDM, playing host to some of the biggest events headlined by marquee DJs and no other resort does it bigger than Wynn Las Vegas. Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub, the stunning, award-winning indoor/outdoor entertainment complex at the Encore, has just announced its official lineup for Memorial Day Weekend, which happens to coincide with its two-year anniversary. Spanning from Wednesday, May 23rd to Monday, May 28th, managing partner Sean Christie has assembled an impressive lineup from their list of over 30 resident DJs. Check after the break for the detail and stay tuned for our in-depth Guide to MDW Vegas.
We’ve been telling you about the constantly growing list of DJs signing exclusive residencies in Las Vegas, but the 2012 lineup of artists that’ll be at the various Wynn properties throughout the year is too big not to share. Between Encore Beach Club, Surrender, Tryst, and XS, over thirty artists will be calling the Wynn / Encore their home in Sin City throughout 2012 — and it symbolizes the hotel’s huge investment in electronic music. Among the artists on the roster are such names as Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Dada Life, and Tiesto. David Guetta will be bringing his F*** Me I’m Famous party to Encore Beach Club, and other familiar names like the Manufactured Superstars, Max Vangeli, Nervo, Skrillex, and Steve Angello are all on the list. Other clubs in Vegas have tried to bring in talent like this, but the breadth and depth of this list will make it hard for anyone to top. Is Vegas the new Ibiza? The likening has never seemed more appropriate
We’ll admit that a world-class DJ like Tiesto never really seemed like the kind of guy to have a residency in a spot called “The Joint,” but thankfully he’s doing things a bit bigger for 2012. Our top EDM act of 2011 has announced that he’s relocating to the Wynn / Encore for exclusive residencies at Encore Beach Club, Surrender, and XS. These are three of Dancing Astronaut’s favorite places to party when in the City of Sin, and we’re excited for all that Tijs has in store for the year. His official debut will take place at XS on Saturday February 4th as part of the Super Bowl weekend festivities. Tickets are available for purchase now; from past experience, you should probably get there early.