EDC week has turned into its own holiday on the Strip, and this year the festivities kick off early, with spillover shows from EDC acts like Armin van Buuren, Fatboy Slim and Calvin Harris, along with big names like Kaskade and Deadmau5, who aren’t playing the Speedway. Pick your favorite DJs, plan your party schedule and play producer of your own personal festival.
Alesso, Skrillex, Zedd and Baauer at Lightand Daylight If you never left the Mandalay Bay grounds, you could have an epic party weekend at new sister venues Light and Daylight. Friday, Swedish prodigy Alesso kicks off his residency at Light with Jacques Lu Cont (aka Stuart Price), and Saturday, Skrillex takes the tables for a special Sunset Session at Daylight. Want more? How about Zedd and Baauer, Nicky Romero and Krewella? June 19-23, times and prices vary, Light and Daylight, Mandalay Bay.
Pete Tong, Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki at Wet Republic While fest-goers sleep all day, you can party to headlining sets from Pete Tong on Thursday, Steve Aoki on Friday, Calvin Harris on Saturday, Tiësto on Sunday and Deadmau5 on Monday. Whatever you do, don’t forget the sunscreen. June 20-24, 11 a.m. doors, prices vary, Wet Republic, MGM Grand.
Bassrush at Paradise Beach at Hard Rock Hotel Pool Like your bass heavy and your sunshine strong? Kick off your weekend with this Thursday event from Bassrush featuring eight DJs, including 12th Planet, AC Slater, Kill the Noise and Teenwolf. June 20, 10 a.m. doors, $30, Hard Rock Hotel Pool.
Bassrush Massive at Orleans Arena A mini festival in its own right, this 18+ bass-head bash kicks off around sunset and rages until 4 a.m. to the beats of DJs Andy C, Excision, Flosstradamus, Fury with MC Dino, Jack Beats, Kill the Noise, Sub Focus and UZ. June 20, 7 p.m., 18+, $30, Orleans Arena.
Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Kaskade and Sander van Doorn at Marquee and Marquee Dayclub Marquee’s EDC week lineup reads like the big print on the festival poster: Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Sander van Doorn. Not to mention a Friday night set by Benny Benassi and twin Summer Lovin’ residency appearances on Saturday and Sunday by Kaskade, who’s not playing the Speedway this year. June 19-24, times and prices vary, Marquee and Marquee Dayclub, Cosmopolitan.
Hard Pool Party with Boys Noize and Fatboy Slim at Hard Rock Nevermind Fatboy Slim’s Vegas smack talk in Rolling Stone earlier this year. We still want to hear him take over the tables for a very special edition of Rehab alongside Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Jacques Lu Cont, Alex Metric and more. June 23, 10 a.m. doors, $65-$85, Hard Rock Pool.
Steve Angello, Afrojack and Diplo at XS, Surrender and Encore Beach Club No matter when you show up at Encore someone you want to see will be manning the decks. Schedule your weekend around sets from Steve Angello, Porter Robinson, Dirty South and Afrojack, or just go with the flow and get your dance on. June 19-24, times and prices vary, Encore.