Dance Music Superstars Spin A Sin City Marathon Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day Weekend lineup at XS and Tryst nightclubs in Las Vegas rivaled some of the best festivals in the world with electronic dance music superstars from across the globe gathering under one roof for the extended holiday this past weekend.


XS and Tryst Memorial Day Weekend 2012

David Guetta at XS
David Guetta at XS Nightclub

The Wynn Las Vegas hot spots reserved their honor as the epicenter of dance music in the United States with an incredible sequence of headlining DJs throughout five non-stop days of evening parties, Thursday through Monday.

On Thursday, May 24, the festivities kicked off at Tryst with rising star, Alesso, and an opening set by Otto Knows. Honing in on his gift a young age, Alesso brought his progressive house style to the open air turntables and christened the brand new stage that sat in the middle of the lagoon under the nightclub’s signature 90 foot waterfall.

Alesso at Tryst
Alesso at Tryst

On Friday at Tryst, Afrojack created an unbeatable second night to the holiday weekend. Named “The World’s Next Top DJ” by Mixmag, the Grammy Award-winning producer jump started the summer season with his chart topping tracks, “Take Over Control,” “No Beef” and “Can’t Stop Me” as the crowd danced until the early hours of the morning.

Afrojack at Tryst
Afrojack at Tryst
Afrojack at Tryst
Afrojack at Tryst Nightclub

Friday at XS, Tiësto launched the weekend festivities with his residency return. “The Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mixmag gave fans an added bonus when Sebastian Ingrosso, one third of Swedish House Mafia, and Kaskade both jumped into the booth to throw in a few mixes of their own.

Tiesto at XS
Tiesto At XS Nightclub
Ingrosso and Kaskade
Ingrosso and Kaskade

On Saturday, XS showed that size does matter with Steve Angello, Max Vangeli and AN21 playing the Size Matters party for night number two of the holiday marathon.

Steve Angello at XS
Steve Angello at XS
Steve Angello at XS Nightclub
Steve Angello
An21 and Max Vangeli
An21 ans Max Vangeli at XS

Offering a late night set at Tryst, Grammy Award winner, Skrillex, took to the stage at 3 am and played to a sold out crowd as the sunrise began to peak through at 5:30 am.

Skrillex
Skrillex at Tryst
Skrillex at Tryst

Sunday at Tryst, Manufactured Superstars offered an opening set with a special debut performance by Nick Hissom of their new single, Killin’ Tonight. Lil Jon took to the stage around 1 am as the headlining DJ to close out the 2011 Nightclub of the Year’s holiday festivities.

Manufactured Superstars
Manufactued Superstars and Nick Hissom
Photo credit: David Becker/Getty Images

Mixing house and hip-hop, the versatile star kept each and every guest happy with a combo of sounds for all tastes.

At XS on Sunday, it was the night of the mau5 as deadmau5 made his triumphant return following his history-making set at XS for “deadmau5 Day” in January. He played master of ceremonies for the club’s Night Swim party that had fans dancing in the pool until the break of dawn.

deadmau5 at XS
deadmau5 at XS Nightclub
deadmau5 at XS Nightclub
deadmau5
deadmau5 at XS Nightclub
deadmau5 at XS Las Vegas

In true holiday fashion, XS closed out the weekend’s marathon of events with an unrivaled back-to-back set by David Guetta and Avicii with an opening by Sultan & Ned. Making his XS residency debut, Guetta felt right at home in the booth with incredible production including four LED mega-screens, confetti explosions, smoke blasts, lasers and more adding to his performance.

David Guetta and Avicii
David Guetta and Avicii
David Guetta at XS
David Guetta at XS

At 2:30 am, Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Avicii, took the handoff as he closed out the evening with his club anthems “Levels” and “Fade into Darkness” hyping the crowd. The duo offered the perfect entry into the summer months in Las Vegas and closed out the holiday in style.

Avicii at XS Nightclub
Avicii at XS Nightclub

The weekend did not go without familiar faces in the crowd as celebrities flocked to take in the EDM marathon. Fellow dance music icon Kaskade; socialites Paris and Nikki Hilton and their parents Kathy and Rick Hilton; Dancing with the Stars pros Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd; actor Benicio del Toro; UFC legend Chuck Liddell; NFL standouts Reggie Bush and Shawn Phillips; singer and former N’Sync member Joey Fatone; comedian and Price Is Right host Drew Carey; Hollywood royalty Paulina Gretzky and Hannah Selleck; and reality star Crystal Harris all joined in the weekend parties at XS and Tryst.

Up next for the nightclubs is Wynn Music Week, a celebration of dance music in Sin City, featuring sets by Thomas Gold, Calvin Harris, Sebastian Ingrosso, Afrojack, Steve Angello, and Skrillex, June 7-11. Tickets are available now at http://xs.wantickets.com. Photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Nightclub

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Bill Cody is an entertainment, technology and luxury travel reporter in Las Vegas. He reports on celebrities, events, tech, food, Las Vegas and luxury travel.

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