It’s way too early to tell if KAOS, the Palms’ new club and indoor-outdoor entertainment venue announced last week, will “completely redefine the daylife and nightlife experience in Las Vegas” as its announcement boasts. But it will definitely redefine the Palms, or perhaps more specifically, it will define the new Palms.
KAOS is the biggest piece of Station Casinos’ $690 million reinvention of the 17-year-old off-Strip hotel and casino resort, planned as a 73,000-square-foot dayclub and 29,000-square-foot nightclub divided by a massive, retractable glass wall. It will have a rotating DJ booth that will give new meaning to the question, “Who’s spinning tonight?” as the DJ will be able to play to indoor and outdoor crowds simultaneously. And it will have a dome ready to cover the outdoor space during the offseason, creating the city’s first, true year-round dayclub and pool party.
KAOS will be the Palms. The Pearl, the casino, the movie theaters and all those cool new restaurants will be secondary amenities. Starting in April, this resort will exist as a tasty candy coating for this club.
Greater than the sum of its parts, KAOS will be the biggest dayclub and nightclub in Las Vegas when all its spaces are activated. The Strip’s heavy hitters don’t measure up. Hakkasan is 80,000 square feet, but that’s counting its restaurant; Omnia is 75,000, but it doesn’t have a pool; XS does, at 45,000, but no dome. The biggest dayclubs are Encore Beach Club at 60,000 square feet and Wet Republic at 54,500. They’re open from March into October. They have to close when it’s cold and windy.
KAOS’ dayclub will offer 39 cabanas, most with their own private pools, which, according to its announcement release, will equal “the highest number of pools of any resort in North America.” It will also be home to an additional stage for potential multiple performances, and British artist Damien Hirst’s “Demon WithBowl” sculpture, a headless bronze titan standing 65 feet tall from one of the main pools. It’s really that tall, even without a head.
The city’s largest LED wall (again, per the announcement release) will run the length of the eastern exterior of the Palms’ Ivory hotel tower, streaming live shots of the dayclub and nightclub for anybody driving by or looking from the Strip. Who will they see? KAOS’ first five announced resident acts are Cardi B, Kaskade, Skrillex, G-Eazy and Above & Beyond, demonstrating an intended mix of DJs and live acts. And that’s just the beginning “with numerous other headliner residency announcements to follow.” Considering Marshmello’s weekend appearance at the KAOS parties during the Sundance Film Festival at Park City, Utah—and the fact that the masked DJ and producer is no longer on Wynn Nightlife’s roster—he seems like a safe bet for resident No. 6.
The Palms’ club was expected to be big, but KAOS is really big and already stacked with really big artists. It’s too early to tell anything else, but it’s OK to be excited.