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Nightlife news & notes: Hardwell becomes new ‘DJ Mag’ Top 100 DJs champ and more

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Hardwell at Wet Republic in MGM Grand on Friday, April 19, 2013.
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Jorge Labrador, Mike Prevatt

Despite a troubling weekend during which Caesars Palace nixed its partnership with Gansevoort and a shooting at the temporary Drai’s afterhours spot inside Bally’s took the life of a good samaritan, Victor Drai’s plans to open a rooftop nightclub/dayclub atop the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall will not only continue, but remain on schedule for its recently announced April opening.

Hakkasan resident Hardwell topped DJ Mag's Top 100 poll—the youngest ever to do so, at 25—edging out Marquee headliner Armin van Buuren and XS regular Avicii. He plays at the MGM spot on October 26.

Gay dance spot Krave will reopen November 1 at the former Club Utopia/Empire Ballroom spot just north of MGM Grand. Sia Amiri bought back the brand he originally established in 2004 from Phantom Entertainment, whose Krave Massive was shuttered at Downtown’s Neonopolis by state officials.

Electric Daisy Carnival producer Insomniac announced it raised $75,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada, Emergency Medicine Resident Research Fund, and Injured Police Officers Fund—Las Vegas. The money came from ticket sales and guest list admission.

Ne-Yo was back home in Las Vegas last Wednesday for his 31st b’day, celebrating with a performance and cake at Surrender. The evening was also a showcase of sorts: The Encore nightspot was recently renovated and winter-ized for the season, adding an extra 2,500 square feet of party space, among other changes and upgrades.

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