My Friday night at Marquee turned out to be an Electric Daisy Carnival appetizer. Axwell, one-third of the dance music fest’s Day 3-headlining Swedish House Mafia, was in the house for his solo Las Vegas debut. He’s the only member of the trio in DJ Mag’s Top 10, so this was a premiere not to miss.
A group of dance music fanatics had gathered at the Cosmo club, as all members of the Las Vegas Electronic Dance Music Meetup were granted comp admission and early access to the nightspot’s near-hidden hangout, the Library. The social networking group had received 45 RSVPs from local EDM junkies looking to connect with fellow EDC-goers in the days before the June 24-26 extravaganza rolls into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The LVEDM group was incredibly diverse: 20-somethings to 40-somethings, men, women and all kinds of styles and fashions represented. By the looks of this network, electronic dance music clearly is a universal genre in 2011.
After a high-energy set by Blake Jarrell, the highly anticipated Axwell stepped up to the DJ booth, and the crowd went wild. The main room was packed to the brim, people jumping and fists pumping all around.
Already definitely feeling the tracks Axwell was dropping, the crowd really erupted into cheers when he laid down Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand.” And the party was just beginning for local EDM fanatics. Around 11:30 p.m., EDC promoter Insomniac Events finally revealed the bulk of its Las Vegas EDC lineup. Axwell, who performed at Denver’s EDC fest the night after his Marquee set, won’t be doing the solo thing at the Speedway; SHM comrade Steve Angello will, spinning a 3:30 a.m. set on the fest’s opening night. The full-force Swedish House Mafia plays at 1 a.m. Sunday night.