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Nightlife news & notes: Hakkasan’s celeb-studded opening and more

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Launch time: If this is Hakkasan’s soft opening, the future looks bright.
Jorge Labrador

Electric Daisy Carnival producers Insomniac Events are bringing some of their theatrical goodness to Marquee Dayclub this Saturday, with the Avicii-headlined Wet Wonderland. And it won’t stop there. Armin van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, Benny Benassi and Gareth Emery headline the festival-styled party on the following Saturdays, with Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella promising circus-like performers for the party’s second year. Even better: Expect “special surprise guest” headliners later in the season.

And that’s not all the EDC news that’s been breaking this week. As John Katsilometes reported Monday, the LVCVA and Rotella have been discussing holding a second EDC weekend in Las Vegas in the future. If it happens, the two festivals would be held three to four weeks apart during the summer. Apparently, Insomniac is also considering moving the West Coast Nocturnal Wonderland to Southern Nevada. A poll on Facebook asked fans to decide between keeping the party in Southern California (and shutting down at 2 a.m.) or moving to Vegas and going all night. So far, it’s SoCal by a landslide. Ah, democracy.

Some big names were in the house for Hakkasan’s soft opening weekend: Deadmau5 hit the main room Thursday night, with girlfriend and famed tattoo artist Kat Von D at his VIP table. Actor Colin Farrell was spotted in the club, as well. On Friday, Hardwell put on a space-themed set, with the Dutch producer tearing through popular tracks like “Spaceman” and “Apollo” (he was serious about being on-theme) and backed by dancers in surreal, alien costumes. The weekend was a bit of a test run for the new club’s exclusive party concepts, which have been hyped as visual- and interaction-heavy entertainment.

Also on Thursday night, Vegas mainstay DJ Vice took to another of Hakkasan’s much-hyped features: the Ling Ling Room. Roots frontman and drummer Questlove hit the Ling Ling Room’s decks Saturday night.

Bow Wow couldn’t get enough of Vegas this weekend, from the VIP DJ table at Encore Beach Club (along with singer-songwriter Jason Derulo and producer Jermaine Dupri) Saturday afternoon to his own performance at LAX in the early-morning hours. The rapper did a set of his own hits and covered material from Cash Money label-mates 2 Chainz, Drake and Lil Wayne. —Jorge Labrador

You can clear one thing off this weekend’s calendar: the opening of Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay. The new Light Group/Cirque du Soleil collaboration venue announced on Facebook last week that it would be pushing back its grand opening ... all the way to Memorial Day Weekend. The post was met with a volley of angry comments from people looking for refunds on nightclub tickets and even airfare. Light posted that it will be “refunding airfare and helping you come to the next show of your choice. ... We did not take this decision lightly and we will be helping you get to the Light!” On the schedule for Light’s new grand opening weekend: Axwell, Baauer, Otto Knows, Sebastian Ingrosso, Skrillex and Zedd. —Sarah Feldberg

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