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. (more…)
Deniz Koyu wants to take you on a road trip from Los Angeles to his show at XS in Las Vegas on December 28, 2012. But that’s not all: notorious party photographer Kirill Was Here is coming along for the ride. The road trip starts in Los Angeles on December 28 where a luxury tour bus will bring you and 5 other lucky winners through the desert to the city of Sin; Las Vegas, Nevada. Upon arriving in Vegas the party continues at XS Nightclub where a VIP table will be waiting for you while Deniz Koyu performs for a packed house. Afterwards you will be brought back to your suite for the after party – but don’t expect to get much sleep – not with Kirill and his camera hanging around. The following morning the tour bus will escort you back to Los Angeles – bleary-eyed and sleep-deprived.
XS Las Vegas is out with its New Year’s Eve Weekend lineup, and it does not disappoint. We already knew Eric Prydz would be headlining at neighboring Surrender, and XS has only raised the stakes for a dance music lover’s dream weekend in Vegas. In chronological order, XS will be featuring Tiesto, Steve Angello, Deadmau5 over the preceding weekend and finally Avicii on New Year’s Eve. Tickets will undoubtedly go fast, so if you’re debating, go ahead and bite the bullet! Purchase links after the break.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Deadmau5, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week. Click past the break to see this week’s #astrogram contest winner.
Deadmau5 tunes are recognizable from a mile away, but we aren’t going to focus on the “Strobes” and “The Veldt’s” of the world. What Joel brings to the table is his impeccable ear, he crafts his sets just as he crafts his productions – meticulously. During an unplugged set, his song selection is always interesting, running the entire gamut of Deadmau5′s prolific back catalog as well as tunes from every genre. This night was no different. Although some clubgoers may have expected more mainstream fare their confusion was soon muted as Joel took control of the club with his uncanny ability for building suspense – driving the dancefloor with a steady beat instead of big builds and deep drops. Read on for a few of the tunes that defined the night.
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.
Earlier, we labeled Ludovika as our “new artist to watch.” Since that time period the youngster has headlined XS Las Vegas and created a few more bootlegs and original tracks for us to enjoy. He has recently come out with a summer warm up mix that is a half an hour of pure progressive power. Make sure to keep your ears peeled at approximately 8:56 for his newest tune (currently labeled as “ID’), it’s a blend of high pitched synths (a la Avicii), a deep yet soothing bassline (can you say Thomas Gold?), and a hell of a drop (a little Nicky Romero with a dash of Hardwell). As always, we’ll keep you posted on the latest and greatest from Ludovika — tell us what you think of the new tune in the comments below.
As the countdown to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas crosses the 2-week mark, fans are rounding up their groups of friends in preparation for what could be the single biggest party of the year. Last year’s event was an enormous success on many levels, and this year’s edition is poised to reach even greater heights.
While the festival itself runs 3 nights from Friday June 8th to Sunday June 10th, a dizzying selection of EDM artists will be playing daytime and nighttime parties all over Las Vegas during the Insomniac-sponsored “EDC Week”. So if you and your friends need some help in staying organized and making sure you don’t miss out, click past the break for a full calendar of EDC Week events and planning resources: (more…)
Afrojack and Shermanology have released a video for their collaboration, “Can’t Stop Me.” The video follows the crew from an undisclosed location to the Afrojet straight to Las Vegas, where they do unspeakable things to XS Las Vegas. There’s footage from the studio, in addition to some additional verses from Andy, one third of Shermanology. The video cuts down the exceedingly long pause that was present in the original mix of the track, and instead puts the vocal up front and center where it deserves to be. Sure Tiesto’s remix of the track is getting all of the attention right now, but this video is definitely worth four minutes of your time — pause Club Life Miami.
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