When SBE vice president of nightlife Mio Danilovic told the Weekly that Life Nightclub—the largest club offering at the new SLS—would be debuting a prime-time industry party centered around a more alternative dance sound, we remained cautiously optimistic. How many times have we heard club brass promise deeper grooves only to revert back to the status quo?
Danilovic and SBE are doubling-down on their promise, apparently. Yesterday’s big reveal starts here: Swedish progressive house producer/DJ Eric Prydz will begin a new, exclusive residency on September 13. It’s Prydz’s third Vegas residency this year, as he began 2014 at Wynn and moved over to Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub in May. It’s also Life’s first official DJ resident, having previously described its other bookings as one-offs, though a rep for the club say more may be forthcoming.
It gets better. Prydz will perform as his techno-centric alter-ego Cirez D the very next day to kick off Underground Sundays, which is not only Life’s official industry party, but the club’s programming slot for non-commercial EDM DJs and music. As far as we can tell, the September 14 gig would be Cirez D’s first in Las Vegas.
No additional details regarding Life were offered. The upcoming holiday bender represents Life’s first full operational weekend, which starts August 29 with Laidback Luke, Dirty South on August 30 and Deep Dish and Pete Tong on August 31.
Reports have surfaced that Tong, the dance-music guru at the BBC, will soon start a Vegas edition of his “All Gone with Pete Tong” party, but the Life representative couldn’t confirm that at press time—nor could they confirm a residency for Anthony Valadez at Sayers Club, despite the renowned Los Angeles and KCRW DJ’s announcement on social media. Valadez will make his debut at SLS’ intimate live venue/late-night hang tonight. A regular at the LA Sayers Club—and less frequently at our own Insert Coin(s)—Valadez plays a well-mined neo-urban mix of hip-hop, R&B, house and jazz that would serve as a much-needed flip-side to the usual Strip soundtrack. After four years of pattern-reliant EDM, we need it.