Just another month, another festival headliner gig for Tiesto. (Photos by Erik Kabik)
TomorrowWorld, the Stateside extension of Belgium’s Tomorrowland, hits Chattahoochee Hills, Ga., of all places September 27-29. And right there to bring the full bottle service experience to the Dirty South will be XS and Encore Beach Club, which are running a VIP setup starting at $10,000.
Doing VIP areas at various festivals (and events like Sundance) is turning into regular business for the big, brand-conscious clubs. Treating the far-flung fests as a feeder market for Vegas nightlife seems like an obvious move, but what we’re curious to see is if there’s reciprocity in bringing talent from the likes of TomorrowWorld back to town. Here’s the 300-artist lineup in full.
Lookit ‘im. Just with his regular haircut and boring clothes. Who does he think he is? (Photo by Danny Mahoney)
XS rolls up another Monday tonight with Norman Doray, a man who has neither a DJ name nor is Dutch nor goofy headgear. So we’re pretty sure he doesn’t actually count. What, are we supposed to believe you can just produce EDM tracks under your real name and be from France? Come on. this ain’t our first rodeo. Click for more words and pictures »
(Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)
Well, you’ve come this far, you may as well gut it out for one more night. Unless you just needed to sleep from 7 a.m. this morning until about noon tomorrow, and who could blame you? But if that’s not the case, XS has both Afrojack and Diplo tonight, for one last big DJ push before we go back to normal life. Click for more words and pictures »
So moody. (Photo by Danny Mahoney)
Or favorite DJ on Twitter, Diplo, returns Mad Decent Monday to XS tonight. It’s the only place where you’re going to find wisdom like “Ladies! Remember to clean ur bellybutton.. I jus cleaned mine it was dirty. Nobody wants a dirty belly button” and notable follow-up “Also next girl to give me a hickey is gettin bodyslammed this isn’t 8th grade.” That’s news you can use if you find yourself in Diplo’s suite around 6 a.m. Click for more words and pictures »
Lil Jon is so crunk this photo was actually taken with a normal lens. (Photo by Danny Mahoney)
Lil Jon returns to XS tonight. He did once say he could get crunk to Barry Manilow, but we’re still holding out for his dope “Mandy” remix. Or at least some kind of “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”/”I Write the Songs” mash-up. Work with us here. Click for more words and pictures »
Got those moooo– oh God, stick a .45 in our mouth before it keeps going. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)
Adam Levine took time out from filming The Voice and writing songs to annoy the hell out of the rest of us to swing over to XS Monday night with producer Benny Blanco to catch Diplo’s Mad Decent Mondays before he ducked out to hit the tables. We’re going to assume they required him to wear a shirt to get into the club, which probably ruined his flow for the whole night.
Four years later, and XS seems to have done all right for itself. Just the top-grossing nightclub in the country for that span is all. You know. No big.
To mark its anniversary on Friday, the club brought in David Guetta to spin EDM with Gallic insouciance as members of the club’s management team, including managing partner Jesse Waits, assistant general manager Eric White, director of VIP services John Wood, director of operations Yannick Mugnier, director of nightlife entertainment Zee Zandi and director of nightlife marketing Ronn Nicolli.
You have no idea how hard we wish Shaq would also take up a post-NBA DJ career.
Though Jason Strauss and his Tao Group family will be the only VIP operator at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival itself, hosting a swank bottle service stage experience much akin to their operations at the Electric Daisy Carnival, it appears they’ll have some company from Team Wynn in SoBe. XS and Encore Beach Club are set to take over Wall nightclub inside the trendy W Hotel during Ultra’s second weekend. On March 21 look for Davide Squillace, Mathew Tanzmann, Jean Claude Ades and Rony Seikaly to perform. On March 22 Steve Angello’s label Size Records takes over with Quilinez, Junior Sanchez, Wayne & Woods, Tim Mason and Third Party slated to play before they close out with Swanky Tunes, Hard Rock Sofa and a “Special Guest” on March 23.
Crunk’s still got legs. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)
The XS/Marquee power struggle continues, with last year’s Nightclub & Bar Mega-Club of the Year Marquee being replaced by this year’s winner, XS. Which just happened to be tied atop the listings for the top-grossing clubs in the country. This is getting to be some Highlander shit.
Other winners include Marquee for Dayclub of the Year, Hyde as New Club of the Year, 1 Oak as Nightclub of the Year, Hyde’s XIV Sessiosn as Ongoing promotion of the Year, STK for Restaurant Bar of the Year, Spirit Day at Marquee as Single Promotion of the Year, Lil Jon for Resident DJ of the Year and Rockhouse at Venetian as Small Nightclub of the Year. Even though the grand opening there isn’t until Thursday, the Imperial Palace location closed in May, and it existed in a weird limbo inside PBR Rock Bar in the meantime.