Artists finding their second homes in some of the world’s biggest casinos.
Casinos have always been at the forefront of entertainment, providing great live performances by some renowned guests. Las Vegas alone sees millions of people all traveling to see the headliners in action. Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, and David Copperfield are just some of the names that have become synonymous with Las Vegas entertainment, but recently, casinos have taken a turn in a different direction.
Following the undeniable impact that online casino gambling has had on land-based casinos, the latter have had to begin looking for new headliners to try and appeal to a younger crowd. Ever since online gambling started with the birth of Intercasino in 1996, many have speculated that it would take over land-based casinos and possibly cannibalize them, prompting casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to wage an all-out war against online gambling. While he has been predominantly on the offensive, other casinos have decided to instead try to widen their appeal.
Enter EDM, today’s most popular music genre, and a genre that’s unsurprisingly perfect for the casino scene. With casinos, most especially those in Vegas, becoming synonymous with “a good time” and the party lifestyle, EDM fits into the scene perfectly with its high-energy beats. And the best part is, it draws the younger crowds in. Electronic.Vegas shows multiple EDM DJs and artists performing at various casinos in one night, with big names such as Kaskade, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, and Steve Aoki all playing shows on succeeding days. New Year’s Eve parties all have big-ticket performers as well, with Snoop Dogg, Iggy Azalea, Calvin Harris, Zedd, and Alesso leading the pack. Most of these names have repeated appearances in some casino clubs, as many of them have already signed exclusive deals with these casinos.
Most notably, Tiesto signed an exclusive 20-month residency deal with the Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand. The Hakkasan Nightclub has also landed names such as Afrojack and Calvin Harris. Zedd has also become the resident DJ of Wynn’s XS Nightclub, where he has reportedly been breaking records for number of attendees, bringing over 11,000 partygoers to the club.
Casinos have been on the hunt for new EDM talents, and it’s becoming quite clear that they will stop at nothing to try and land these big names for their in-house nightclubs, with Hakkasan reportedly offering everything from private jets to two-story SkyLoft suites with a butler to DJs in order to get them to sign residency with them. It’s becoming quite clear that casinos will soon be the place to be for great EDM entertainment.
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Excerpt from DesertSun
In only its second year, Splash House is shaping up to be a top — and for now, one of the few — summer events to attract a healthy smattering of overnight tourists to Palm Springs.
The city, and indeed the Coachella Valley itself, have gained traction in recent summers as a weekend destination for Southern Californians looking for a relatively inexpensive getaway. Hotels have caught on, enlisting DJs to spin at afternoon pool parties, while local tourism officials have crafted summer ad campaigns to saturate markets from San Diego to Burbank. The ads mostly tout the region’s laid-back summer lifestyle, without any actual event hook. Splash House, a weekend-long roving pool party with three outdoor music stages around three area pools, has come along to fill that void.
This year Splash House will feature both live performances and DJ sets at The Saguaro Palm Springs, Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club and the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. The event — launched last year by Tyler McLean and his sister Kelly McLean, both Palm Springs natives — is now partnering with music production giant Goldenvoice, which adds an enormous layer of marketing and legitimacy to the event.
“With one year under our belt, we were able to sell out our pre-sale before even announcing a lineup,” said Tyler McLean. “This was a big benchmark for Splash House to achieve in its second year.”
Last year, Splash House was a two-day event with DJ sets spread across three neighboring south Palm Springs hotels. This year, Splash House is set for June 13 to 15, with both DJ sets and live performances, along with other peripheral attractions like evening parties.
“For new features, we are expanding into the night by adding after parties and hosting several small activations like a community brunch, yoga by the pool, and other activities,” McLean wrote in an email.
The weekend also will offer a first look into the Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, a renovated restaurant on South Palm Canyon Drive that also will include a pool, bocce ball courts, an outdoor bar and cabanas. The project is another foray into the Palm Springs music scene by Goldenvoice and its dance music component LED. Expect a number of ticketed Goldenvoice events at the Hacienda, said Nicole Novak, food, beverage and entertainment manager at the Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club.
“The whole point of the place is to have something that’s open to the public that’s not charging a huge swim-club fee,” said Novak in an interview last week. At the time, the Hacienda was “85 percent” complete, and would “most definitely” be ready for the Splash House crowd next weekend. After Splash House, the Hacienda will be open for regular business.
“We want to really adhere to the locals — people who want to come in and eat,” she added. “The point of this is for people to come one, come all, and enjoy the facilities, and eat and drink, obviously.”
Diners can expect a Baja-inspired menu with lots of fresh fish, sustainable and organic foods. A number of juicers on the property will be squeezing out any number of fresh juices.
“Lots of agave juice. No simple syrup. We’re really going for fresh, locally sourced,” said Novak.
There will be guacamole made to order and a raw bar, featuring ceviche.
“We’re really going all out on the food and beverage part,” she added.
The opening of Hacienda will be just as closely watched by tourism observers as Splash House. The two are viewed as emblematic of Palm Springs’ tourism strategy, trying to catch the attention of the sort of young travelers who have discovered the desert during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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Girl Band ADAM Sing Song While Having Orgasm. Pretty entertaining!
Free download from the long overdue collaboration from MyKill and Walker! Get check it out and show some love on HypeMachine. Expecting some more great tunes from these two!
“Time will make you, Time will break you, Time will take you”
“Without Time, Without Time, Without Time, Without Time”
“You shine on, shine on, how you shine on”
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Music & Words by: MyKill & Keith Walker
Keith Walker is a producer/remixer and plays synths/beats for The Holy Coast
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New Melodic House track from DMb’s MyKill.
So many choices for day parties by the pool, in the desert, airport runways, warehouses, dive bars, and house parties this year. Where to go? Hopefully you can make a decision after checking out these sites…or like me become even more lost.
Whatever happens you know DMb will be around the town doing some live blogging and coming back with stories and photos.
Free remix of Coldplay’s Midnight from Victor Dinaire and Bissen. Check out their FB pages for more info.
The Lightning in a Bottle 2014 Festival Lineup was just announced with acts such as Moby, Phantogram, Lee Burridge, Gramatik, Amon Tobin, Simian Mobile Disco, Henry Saiz, and local fave Sammy Bliss.
We’re super excited about the new location and hope to be able to provide full live coverage again this year.