This past weekend proved that Las Vegas remains a hub for electronic dance music as the lineups at XS and Tryst Nightclubs were stocked with international superstars. Thursday through Monday, the nightlife venues at Wynn and Encore Las Vegas paraded a sequence of headlining DJs throughout the five day party, with some never-before-seen moments, branding the weekend for one that will go down in history.
On Thursday, Aug. 30, the festivities kicked off at Tryst with Max Vangeli and AN21. The two spun on open air turntables from a specially designed stage that hovered over the lagoon under the nightclub’s 90-foot cascading waterfall.
On Friday at Tryst, Afrojack turned out an unparalleled second night to continue the momentum into the holiday weekend. The Dutch producer ended his high energy set with a splash by showering the crowd with champagne. Over at XS Nightclub, Manufactured Superstars opened the evening before handing over the decks to international superstar Tiësto. After his gig at Tryst, Afojack made a surprise visit to XS and joined Tiësto on stage where they deejayed together for the very first time.
On Saturday at Tryst, electronic dance music phenomenon deadmau5 made his venue debut, mixing more than two hours of heart-pounding beats for revelers. Known for his iconic illuminated mouse head, deadmau5 sported a sleek, black head with glowing eyes while producing tracks on the fly for on-looking clubgoers. At XS, Steve Angello brought his infamous Size Matters party to continue the holiday marathon into the early hours of the morning.
On Sunday at XS, world-renowned DJ David Guetta made a triumphant return to the venue after his residency debut on Memorial Day weekend. XS’ signature Sunday night, after dark pool party, Night Swim, was kicked off by Sultan & Ned Shepard, the Canadian duo from Montreal known for their progressive house tracks. David Guetta took over the tables shortly after 1 a.m. with confetti cannons blasting out over the crowd as he received a warm welcome from Olympian Michael Phelps. R&B and hip-hop recording artist Akon and comedian Pauly Shore also enjoyed the French producer’s legendary hits. After nearly three hours of spinning, David Guetta surrendered the decks back over to Sultan & Ned, who they closed out the evening.
The holiday weekend came to a close at XS with an epic performance by deadmau5 and opening set by John Dahlbäck. It didn’t take long for deadmau5 to feel right at home as the stage was equipped with oversized LED screens that wrapped around the entire booth, confetti and smoke cannons, and incredible laser lights, only to add to his one-of-a-kind music. Back for more fun was Olympian Michael Phelps, who deadmau5 even allowed to try on his iconic mouse head. The Grammy-nominated producer’s exemplary set offered the perfect closure to summer while ending a historic Labor Day weekend just as the sun began to peek over the horizon.
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