Roberto Medina announced today that Rock In Rio will hit Las Vegas in early May 2015, spanning 4 days and attracting approximately 80,000 attendees. Medina also mentioned that the festival could potentially expand to 6 days in 2017 and hinted that the festivities will take place in the main resort area and will not be separated from the city center. This news comes after SFX announced the acquisition of a 50% stake of Medina’s Rock In Rio on Friday, a move which officially makes SFX the main partner of the festival in the place of IMX, a company owned by Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista and IMG. May is already a big month for Las Vegas as Memorial Day checks in as one of the highest revenue earning weekends of the year. With the Brazilian festival choosing the Strip for its U.S. debut, it looks as if things got a little bigger.
It looks like Tommy Trash has a personal vendetta… against nature. As odd as that sounds, during Tommy Trash’s EDC Las Vegas debut in 2012, his set was cut short due to the extreme windy conditions. Today, the Australian electro powerhouse pays homage to the fans that endured that night with him with a free download. The appropriately titled “Fuckwind” is a wave of energy, displaying Tommy’s mastery of dynamically layered melodies. A sound characteristic consistent to Tommy’s moniker, the drop explodes with a quick-hitting, raw and gritty lead. In the words of Mr. Trash himself, “It’s finally here, 2 years after some fierce wind at EDC Vegas!”
New Year’s Eve is the next the holiday on everyone’s radar and people are wondering where to celebrate the first moments of 2014. Las Vegas is undoubtedly a premier spot for unrivaled talent and a great celebration. Mandalay Bay’s newest nightclub Light has announced Lift Off, a three-day affair starting December 30th until January 1st. Featuring Cirque du Soleil performances and top-of-the-line Vegas production, Light’s first event, ‘Phase One: Ignition,’ invites Nicky Romero to the decks to begin preparing for NYE madness. New Year’s Eve day will be rung in by former Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso for ‘Phase Two: The Journey’ and finally, the first day of 2014 in Las Vegas will end with Alesso for ‘Phase Three: Re-Entry.’
Don’t be left out of the festivities. Tickets go on sale today 10AM PST here for each night of Light’s New Year’s Eve celebration.
In celebration of the first ever electronic dance music course added as a course option at the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles school invited some of dance music’s most important business pioneers for a panel and night of discussion. Gary Richards, creator and mind behind HARD Presents, COO of Insomniac Simon Rust Lamb and TAO and Marquee owner and Las Vegas connoisseur Jason Strauss sat down with an intimate crowd and delved into their individual histories and developments of each of their own innovative brands.
While Kaskade is primarily known for his soft progressive melodies and gentle vocal samples like the tracklist of new album Atmosphere, we get to experience a deeper side of his musical ability in this late night mix from his summer residency at Marquee Las Vegas. Starting off with an Amtrac remix to indie dance favorite “Handshake” from Two Door Cinema Club, and ending with a mashup of Pryda’s “Powerdrive” with his own “Sometimes,” spanning deep delicacies of every variety in-between. It’s refreshing to hear a different sound from American’s #1 DJ, a sound we hope he continues to express.
The legendary Richie Hawtin is scheduled to perform at Marquee Las Vegas on October 26th, signifying a shift in the nightlife landscape of one of Vegas’s largest clubs. Embracing the underground electronic scene, Marquee is opening its doors and sound system to the latest and greatest in music-focused entertainment. Hawtin will be bringing his distinct techno sound and technological prowess to the mega-club for the first time in late October, re-establishing the bottle service style of Vegas in one minimalistic techno swoop. One of the world’s most cutting-edge DJs and undisputed spokesman for the underground, Hawtin’s avant-garde style is sure to resonate not only throughout the expansive layout of Marquee but throughout Las Vegas as a whole.
If you still haven’t made your way to Las Vegas’ new kid on the strip, our friends at Hakkasan have released a video to make you want to change that, stat. Filmed over the club’s first three weekends in business, the Grand Opening recap has footage of 24 artists and hundreds of memories. From interviews with the likes of Hardwell, Tiësto and Laidback Luke to shots of Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and Tommy Trash frenzying the crowd from the club’s larger-than-life booth, the montage serves as a pleasant reminder for those who were there and a reason to head to McCarran airport for those who were not. With three successful months under their belt, there is much more in store from MGM’s megastar.
Australian club veteran Hook N Sling has barely stopped for 2013. With a new residency in Las Vegas to his name and an impending collaboration alongside legendary songsmith Chris Willis, the melodic maestro turns his hand to Kaskade’s emotive album offering “Atmosphere.” With Ryan’s own supple topline well intact, Hook’s take is one of compositional concentration over adrenaline-fuelled stamina, all whilst giving the track a club-worthy run that is sure to place it comfortably alongside GTA’s more restless electro remodel.
“12 feet and 2 tons each of pure mechanical bliss,” Deadmau5 unveiled his mau5bots over the weekend to a packed crowd at Hakkasan Las Vegas. The new animatronic stage mice are not only visually daunting, but apparently something of a liability as well — Deadmau5 noted on his Twitter: “the insurance policy we had to take out for this idea was beyond insanity.” Already receiving standout reviews from those in attendance, the mau5bots have potential to become a permanent addition to Zimmerman’s already breathtaking stage setup. Click past the break to watch Tommy Lee’s Vines of the mau5bots.
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After bringing the globally renowned Sensation to North America for the first time last October with Innerspace Brooklyn, and following with an event in Canada, ID&T returns to bring their all-white party to the United States with an expansive tour. While New York was treated to the Innerspace theme in 2012, 2013 will bring The Ocean Of White to cities across America this fall with seven more exclusively 21+ affairs. With stops in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York, ticket sales for the next round of Sensation parties will begin on Friday, June 14th at 10am local times. Jump below the break for tour dates, venues, and the corresponding ticket information.