As one of the biggest tourist hubs in the United States, Las Vegas is known for its world-class singers, magicians, buffets, and casinos. A city where mega-icons such as Wayne Newton, Frank Sinatra, David Copperfield, and more have cemented their legacies in front of adoring fans for generations. Since the mid-2000s, a shift in focus on performers has occurred with the rise of electronic dance music (EDM) and Millennial preferences in nightlife rather than gambling. As the first group raised with the Internet, Millennials have become less enticed to visit Las Vegas for gambling and more interested in its nightclub scene. In consideration of the dozens of day parties, nightclubs, and after hours spots located on The Strip, here are TMEG’s picks for the hottest DJs you need to see this summer in Las Vegas.
Bringing Will Smith on stage for a surprise guest performance at Ultra Music Festival transitioned the secretive producer, Marshmello, from up and coming to superstar status as the Billboard chart topper became the internet's number one trending DJ. Locked in on his three-year deal with Wynn Nightlife, the smiling character can be seen headlining a number of their properties at XS, Encore Beach Club, Intrigue, and their most popular party, Nightswim. Combining a nightlife experience with dayclub festivities, guests are encouraged to wear their swim attire as the best of contrasting worlds combine for an incredible celebration under the stars.
A mainstay of the Las Vegas Strip, Hakkasan Groups top ranked venues OMNIA, Wet Republic, Hakkasan Nightclub and others reign supreme in comparison to competitors. As the face of EDM, Calvin Harris’ collaborations with Rihanna, Dua Lipa, and Ariana Grande show why consistent Billboard #1 hits are no surprise. Recently recognized as one of the premiere nightclubs in the world by DJ Mag, OMNIA’s “Calvin Fridays” brings the biggest DJ under its famed chandelier. Dance music anthems “Summer,” “I Need Your Love,” and more recently, “One Kiss,” can all be witnessed live with the Scottish superstar as he brings incredible energy to every sold out show in the City of Lights.
Known for their roots in hip hop, Drais Group’s lineups consisting of Future, Migos, and Kendrick Lamar keep their name on the forefront of Vegas’ rap scene. Cornering their respective market, Drais have also made their mark on the dance music scene by incorporating DJs into their dayclub and afterhours venues. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) mainstage acts Zeds Dead, Dada Life, and 4B are featured on this summer’s lineup, but it's the father of tech house that can attributed as their most notable performer. EDM’s fastest growing label, DirtyBird, is led by Claude VonStroke, whose eye for blue chip talent has brought his company to the forefront of festivals everywhere. Noticing the massive turnouts for DirtyBird showcases, Drais Group moved to signing VonStroke in becoming the face of their Beachclub and Afterhours gatherings. Cementing their place in multiple genres, Drais Group’s investment in VonStroke complements a multi-faceted approach to hosting Las Vegas’ trendiest parties.
Recognizing the newest trend amongst younger generations, industry leaders for the Wynn, MGM, and Caesars Palace have invested millions of dollars in bringing the best DJs from around the world under the roof of exceptional venues. Being based in Las Vegas, TMEG's employees have experienced these parties first hand and can confidently state that this list is a must see when traveling to Sin City.