Jun 11, 2014
LessThan3’s EDC Week Party Picks
Electric Daisy Carnival week is like Christmas. There’s that one amazing cause for anticipation, but don’t let that distract you completely from the near constant flow of delightful surprises leading up to and surrounding it. To help you in deciding how to spend your week in Sin City, we’ve hand-picked the hottest parties that have us counting the days until we finally set foot on The Strip.
17-19
EDMbiz
WHEN: June 17-19

WHERE: The Cosmopolitan

WHY WE’RE GOING: EDMbiz is one of the scene’s largest and most comprehensive conferences and this year, we’ll have the privilege of hearing firsthand updates on the state of the electronic music industry from top label, tech, and artist figures.

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Tues|17
The Crystal Method 20th Anniversary @ Drai’s Beach Club

WHEN: June 17, 10 p.m.

WHERE: Drai’s Beach Club, The Cromwell

WHY WE’RE GOING: 20 years, and the kings of LA rave, acid breaks, and all-around bass freaks The Crystal Method are still slingin’ the decks. Wanna say you were there when this most legendary of outfits returned to their hometown and turned 20 years young as a duo? Of course you do.

TICKETS AT DOOR *FREE FOR ALL EDMBIZ BADGE HOLDERS

Wed|18
Nicky Romero @ Light

WHEN: June 18, 10:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.

WHERE: LIGHT Nightclub, Mandalay Bay

WHY WE’RE GOING: Nicky Romero’s uplifting big room sound is a great match for the theatrics of a LIGHT performance. Get your mid-week mainstage action Wednesday at Mandalay Bay to last you until Friday’s main event. *Enter our giveaway to get into all LIGHT and DAYLIGHT parties June 18-22 here.

TICKETS *FREE FOR ALL EDMBIZ BADGE HOLDERS

Wed|18
Dada Life @ Hakkasan

WHEN: June 18, 10:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.

WHERE: Hakkasan, MGM Grand

WHY WE’RE GOING: All that sweating and running around the desert? You’re gonna need some bananas and champagne… and heavy electro, of course, courtesy of Dada Life. Support from Vegas-based Northern Irelander Fergie.

TICKETS *FREE FOR ALL EDMBIZ BADGE HOLDERS

Wed|18
Madeon @ Surrender
WHEN: June 18, 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Surrender Nightclub, Wynn Hotel

WHY WE’RE GOING: In a year that has promised debut artist albums from a dizzying number of household names, a handful have still yet to be heard. 20-year-old French rocketship Madeon is likely to unleash some of his own forthcoming freshman LP in Vegas. Maybe the Giorgio Moroder collab?

TICKETS *FREE FOR ALL EDMBIZ BADGE HOLDERS

Wed|18
Claude VonStroke & Friends @ Drai’s After Hours
WHEN: June 18, 11 p.m.

WHERE: Drai’s After Hours, The Cromwell

WHY WE’RE GOING: Two words: dirty. birds. Actually just dirtybird, San Francisco’s flagship house and tech label that has gone worldwide on the talents of names like Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, and Kill Frenzy–all taking over Drai’s After Hours Wednesday from midnight until well beyond the rooster’s crow.

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Th|19
Major Lazer @ Encore Beach Club
WHEN: June 19, 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Encore Beach Club, Encore at Wynn Hotel

WHY WE’RE GOING: Gonna pound ‘em dreenks pon de beech wit ya friend Majah Lazah!

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Th|19
Above & Beyond @ Wet Republic
WHEN: June 19, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Wet Republic, MGM Grand

WHY WE’RE GOING: By now, you’ve put in some serious work. Recharge your soul with your foot still planted firmly on the gas (and in the pool) to Above & Beyond and Mark Eteson at Wet Republic Thursday afternoon.

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Th|19
Bassrush Massive @ Brooklyn Bowl LV
WHEN: June 19, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Brooklyn Bowl LV

WHY WE’RE GOING: Because every good week of raging needs some boom. In surely the beefiest bass lineup of the week outside of the Speedway itself, Flosstradamus, Big Gigantic, Bro Safari, Dirtyphonics, Ed Rush & Optical, and Fury + MC Dino will do irreparable damage to the Brooklyn Bowl for the annual Bassrush Massive Thursday night.

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Th|19
Armin van Buuren @ Marquee
WHEN: June 19, 10 p.m.

WHERE: Marquee, The Cosmopolitan

WHY WE’RE GOING: When you’re in the electronic music kingdom, you’ve gotta pay your respects to the king. Armin van Buuren and his knights Andrew Rayel and Orjan Nilsen make for an amazing night of immersion into Armada’s caliber of trance and a must-see event at Marquee Thursday night.

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Th|19
GTA @ Haze
WHEN: June 19, 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: Haze Nightclub, Aria

WHY WE’RE GOING: The hottest thing in South Beach after the heat in Miami and the Miami Heat is the booty-commanding bass duo GTA, and the guys are heading up the official EDC kickoff party at Haze at the Aria Thursday night.

TICKETS *FREE FOR ALL EDMBIZ BADGE HOLDERS

Fri|20
Markus Schulz @ TAO Beach
WHEN: June 20, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Tao Beach Club

WHY WE’RE GOING: Get warmed up for night one of EDC with a few enthralling daylight hours partying with veteran DJ Markus Schulz.

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Fri|20
Diplo @ Encore Beach Club
WHEN: June 20, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Encore Beach Club, Encore at Wynn Hotel

WHY WE’RE GOING: What week in Vegas would be even near complete without a party led by the twerk-master himself? Bonus points for the beautiful setting of Encore’s Beach Club, guaranteed to fill up with equally beautiful people.

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Fri|20
Porter Robinson @ Marquee
WHEN: June 20, 10 p.m.

WHERE: Marquee Nightclub, The Cosmopolitan

WHY WE’RE GOING: With a new album approaching, Porter Robinson likely has enough unreleased material for an entire set. Given he’s been moving away from “EDM"-style DJ sets and more toward music as art for listening, this is one event that will be hard to predict, but even harder to forget.

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Fri|20
Zedd @ XS
WHEN: June 20, 10 p.m.

WHERE: XS Nightclub, Wynn Hotel

WHY WE’RE GOING: Zedd approaches his sets in the way he does his compositions, keeping in mind the bigger picture and striving for an overall cohesive experience. The result is a captivating and electrifying performance not to be missed.

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Sat|21
Eric Prydz @ Drai’s Beach Club
WHEN: June 21, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Drai’s Beach Club, The Cromwell

WHY WE’RE GOING: Let the one and only Eric Prydz take the reins of your Saturday and guide you into a day full of otherworldly progressive sounds in a heavenly atmosphere like only he can.

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Sat|21
Axwell Λ Ingrosso @ LIGHT
WHEN: June 21, 10 p.m.

WHERE: LIGHT Nightclub, Mandalay Bay

WHY WE’RE GOING: Few have had the chance to witness the newly official Axwell Λ Ingrosso team in person, and none have done so set to the breathtaking spectacle that is LIGHT powered by Cirque Du Soleil performances. Wanna be one of the first? Get in line. *Enter our giveaway to get into all LIGHT and DAYLIGHT parties June 18-22 here.

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Sun|22
Krewella @ DAYLIGHT
WHEN: June 22, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Daylight Beach Club, Mandalay Bay

WHY WE’RE GOING: Kick off what is likely your last day in paradise with a high-energy show from the bad girls (and guy) of dance music under the sun at LIGHT’s daytime counterpart DAYLIGHT. *Enter our giveaway to get into all LIGHT and DAYLIGHT parties June 18-22 here.

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Sun|22
Skrillex @ XS
WHEN: June 22, 10 p.m.

WHERE: XS Nightclub, Encore at Wynn Hotel

WHY WE’RE GOING: Push past that brick wall and into the pool at Encore’s XS Sunday Nightswim starring the inimitable Skrillex. Don’t be surprised if he throws down a groovy house or techno set, or a bass-blasting, water-splashing signature set. Don’t be surprised at anything, really. It’s Skrilly. But do push him into the pool. We hear he loves that.

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For the full list of EDC Week parties, go here.

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