Memorial Day Weekend is upon us. For all of us here on US soil, MDW is the official kick off to summer, the moment when it is officially acceptable to wear white pants, and for many a celebration of months and months without snow, sleet, or ice. From coast to coast, Dancing Astronaut has your partying needs covered. Click through to see what is going on in the party capitals of New York City and Las Vegas next weekend.
All eyes have been on Vegas in recent weeks. Between claims that the Las Vegas Strip is the new Playa d’en Bossa, a slew of impressive new residencies at the city’s hottest clubs, and the grand opening of the MGM Grand’s Hakkasan Las Vegas, any fan of nightlife would be hard pressed to ignore what’s going on in the Nevada desert these days.
The New York Times recently sat down to pick the brain of the Angel Management Group’s CEO, Neil Moffitt, who together with the Hakkasan company will be responsible for running the show at Las Vegas’s biggest new club. This is the man that was there from the very beginning, he speaks about his “first foray” into the electronic music market in 2004, when he booked fellow Brit Paul Oakenfold at Ice.
Dutch house veteran Laidback Luke is the latest to join the Las Vegas clubbing skyline with the announcement of his brand new residency at Hakkasan nightclub beginning April 28. As the latest European superstar to set-up shop at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s recently completed nightclub, LBL’s Revolt is set to showcase the Mixmash Records head honcho in a darker light than we have come to expect from his peak time sensibilities. With the addition of a daytime stint at the hotel’s renowned Wet Republic Ultra in May, Luke’s formal debut in the sleepless city looks to play out in the same consistent manner that his track record for first-in-class floor play would dictate.Posted by
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With summer fast approaching and Vegas pool party season about to be in full swing, MGM’s Hakkasan Las Vegas and Wet Republic have just announced their Memorial Day Weekend lineups. Easily one of the best weekends of the summer in the City of Sin, Memorial Day Weekend is always an action packed experience. Hakkasan’s first MDW on the strip boasts an impressive selection of talents, including Laidback Luke, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and Hardwell all set to perform from Thursday to Monday. MGM’s iconic pool party WET REPUBLIC features a similarly stacked lineup with R3hab and Tommy Trash, Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 currently on the bill.
Tickets for both event series go on sale Wednesday, April 24th.
View WET REPUBLIC’s lineup after the break.
Just after celebrating his 18th birthday, Danny Avila has announced that he will join Hakkasan Las Vegas as a resident in the summer months. Starting in April, Danny will play both the WET REPUBLIC pool parties as well as the monolithic megaclub, sharing the space with Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Deadmau5 and more. As the youngest resident in Las Vegas history, Danny is setting a new precedent for Vegas nightlife and rubbing elbows with dance music’s biggest talents before he’s even old enough to drink in the US.
Neil Moffit, CEO of Angel Management Group cites Avila’s “captivating drive” and “youthful spirit” that “breathes life into his performances.” He added, “(Danny’s) nascent but ambitious career mirrors the spirit and drive of Hakkasan Las Vegas, and we are excited for this synergistic partnership.”Posted by
Not content with a simple residency, Hardwell has just announced his “Go Hardwell or Go Home” event series for Hakkasan Las Vegas. The exclusive brand will showcase the amphetamine-laced sets of the Revealed Recordings head honcho, including performances at WET REPUBLIC.
“Hakkasan Las Vegas is going to be an experience beyond anyone’s imagination and I am very excited to celebrate my new experience with my fans,” says Hardwell.
To create this experience, Hardwell will utilize state of the art visuals and his own productions to transport guests into a futuristic space travel experience complete with spacemen and an atmosphere that is truly intergalactic. The “Go Hardwell or Go Home” series promises to epitomize Hardwell’s music, representing the final frontier of electronic music experiences.
Beam us up, Robbert.
After almost a year of heated speculation surrounding the most extravagant club in Las Vegas history, Hakkasan will finally open its doors in late April. With a residency lineup that boasts some of the biggest names in dance music, seven floors of over-the-top Vegas amenities and MGM’s already iconic Wet Republic party in tow, the new superclub in town is ready to claim its space in the Vegas nightlife scene. From April 18th to the 21st, Hakkasan will be hosting its preview weekend featuring sets from deadmau5, Hardwell, Bingo Players and Tommy Trash, giving lucky guests a taste of what’s to come from MGM’s latest nightlife behemoth. Seven days later the club will celebrate its official grand opening with four days of the most sought after talent in dance with Steve Aoki, deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Laidback Luke all scheduled to perform. From May 3rd to the 5th, MGM’s fight weekend for the Mayweather/Guerrero fight will complement bruising athleticism with punchy beats from R3hab, Tiesto and Calvin Harris – signifying the club’s newfound prominence in the American Ibiza.
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. PST available on hakkasanlv.com.Posted by
The highly-anticipated Hakkasan Las Vegas plans to open its doors next month at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, bringing along a long an impressive list of exclusive DJ residencies to fill the monolithic new megaclub. After announcing Tiësto, Calvin Harris, deadmau5 and Steve Aoki, Hakkasan has revealed the final touches to its impressive residency roster. Bambi, Bingo Players, Bob Sinclar, Dada Life, Danny Avila, Fergie, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Michael Woods, NERVO, Quintino, R3HAB and Tommy Trash will all have exclusive residencies at both Hakkasan and the iconic WET REPUBLIC pool party.
Deadmau5 signs on for Hakkasan residency, joins Tiësto, Calvin Harris, and Steve Aoki at new megaclub
After a long residency stint at the Wynn properties, deadmau5 changes it up and joins the likes of Tiësto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki for this summer’s Vegas season. Beginning this April, deadmau5 will appear at both Hakkasan and the MGMGrand’s renowned WET REPUBLIC. “With all the projects I have going on right now, I’m so excited to be back in Vegas doing what I love to do best,” says Joel, who recently released a remix package and video for his collaboration with Imogen Heap, “Telemiscommunications.” The mau5′s move to Hakkasan further asserts the yet-to-be-unveiled superclub’s statement to the rest of Vegas nightlife – Hakkasan is coming.Posted by