A Guide To Las Vegas EDM

By: Lucy Bishop

October 14, 2014

If you’re a fan of new wave EDM then the only way is Las Vegas. The thriving dance scene is an inescapable part of the city’s nightlife, and a revolving door of top international DJs have helped to attract a whole new generation of eager partygoers. A trip to this sprawling mass of hotels, casinos and bars would not be complete without experiencing the Las Vegas EDM scene for yourself.
Tiesto at Hakkasan | Las Vegas EDM
Tiesto keeps the crowds happy at Hakkasan in Las Vegas © Al Powers

Revellers who want to dine before they dance should head to Hakkasan Las Vegas. The London-based Michelin-starred brand has created this club spread over five floors in the MGM Grand Hotel. If your tastes veer towards the mainstream then you’re in luck – their collection of high profile resident DJs for 2014 include Calvin Harris and Tiesto.

Las Vegas at night | A Guide To Las Vegas EDM
The strip by night is a dance mecca for EDM fans © Stockbyte/Thinkstock

From 11 stories up at Drai’s, you get great views of the strip. Hang on to your friends – there are lots of different indoor and outdoor areas to explore. Music lovers should head straight to the main room, where up-and-coming talent, such as Eric Prydz, take the spotlight over more established mainstream DJs.

XS The Nightclub | A Guide To Las Vegas EDM
Bright lights illuminate the exterior of the XS at Encore nightclub © Barbara Kraft 

If pool parties are more your thing then XS at Encore is a great bet. During the summer season Encore Beach Club host superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Avicii, and for the rest of the year at XS music comes courtesy of artists like Diplo and

LIGHT Nightclub | A Guide To Las Vegas EDM
Cirque du Soleil style performers entertain the crowds at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino © Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Another option for EDM fans is Light at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Cirque du Soleil-esque performers are dangled above the crowd while the light shows are projected from behind the DJ booth. If you’re not a massive fan of crowds there’s tiered seating overlooking the dance floor and DJ booth – guest DJs include Skrillex, Alesso and Nicky Romero.

Marquee Dayclub | A Guide To Las Vegas EDM
The Marquee’s poolside cabanas are the epitome of luxury © Marquee Dayclub

At Marquee Dayclub you can rent your own air-conditioned poolside cabana, where champagne is delivered via drone! Head to the nightclub on a Monday – it will surprise you by being packed to the rafters. Marquee is spread over three floors and has a rooftop area overlooking the main EDM stage. If you need a brief break from electronica, the 3rd floor plays hip-hop and more mainstream music. Expect to hear guest DJs like Markus Schulz, Firebeatz and Politik.

Whether you’re a real EDM enthusiast, or just after a great night out in Sin City, you’ll soon be jumping up and down to the beat of Las Vegas EDM.

Virgin Atlantic operates daily direct flights to Las Vegas from London Gatwick.

Have you experienced the Las Vegas EDM scene? Where are your favourite places to go in Sin City? Let us know in the comments section below.

Written by Lucy Bishop


Lucy Bishop

Lucy is a London-based lover of all things travel, with a particular penchant for South America, Mexico, India, the Caribbean and the US. She loves all things French, having lived in Paris, and when not writing you’ll spot her hopping on the Eurostar from St Pancras. You can find her @lucybishop12

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