Dayclubs have been open and pool parties have been raging for almost two months, but summer doesn’t really begin in Las Vegas until Nightswim arrives. The seminal summer Sunday-night party at XS launches its 2019 campaign this weekend with Kygo, who’ll kick off Nightswim for the second straight year with an event that doubles as one of 10 monthly bashes recognizing the Encore megaclub’s 10th year on the Strip.
Nightswim changed the pool party game by getting everybody into the water after dark and incorporating the biggest artists in dance music into a festival-like atmosphere, but it has also expanded over the years to include branded parties on other nights at Encore Beach Club. Upcoming events include Dillon Francis on May 2, new resident SayMyName on May 3, Galantis on May 4 and Afrojack on May 9. EDC Weekend brings Nightswim parties with David Guetta, Rüfüs Du Sol, Diplo and more, and Major Lazer and Disclosure are among the Nightswim headliners at EBC for Memorial Day Weekend.
Alex Cordova, Wynn Nightlife executive vice president and managing partner, gave us a few more hints of what to expect this season.
How has the Nightswim brand evolved over the years? Nightswim has become a Sunday-night staple in Las Vegas and has developed into the best nighttime party of the season. With each new year we build off our successes and continually strive to create an even better party.
Do you have any special plans for this season’s edition? We scheduled our most aggressive talent lineup for the 2019 season, which will include surprise performances, special local activations and unique immersive experiences.
How do you think the new additions to the Wynn Nightlife artist roster will impact Nightswim this year? In addition to our already incredible roster of Alesso, Diplo, DJ Snake, Kygo and The Chainsmokers, we added Rüfüs Du Sol. They just completed two fantastic back-to-back performances at Coachella and have one of the top albums of 2018. We can’t wait for them to bring their exclusive DJ set to Nightswim.
NIGHTSWIM WITH KYGO April 28, 10:30 p.m., $30-$50. XS, 702-770-7300.