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Big beat week: Vegas clubs pack in the stars during EDC

Afrojack plays Omnia and Wet Republic during EDC Week.
Photo: Aaron Garcia

For the past two years, the crowds that flock to Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway have made EDC the most-attended one-weekend music festival in North America.

As EDC sets up for its 20th festival and sixth in its perfect home in Sin City, another stellar lineup suggests records will continue to break. And while electronic dance music remains a prominent force on the Las Vegas Strip, it becomes the dominant sound and experience during EDC Week.

Hakkasan at MGM Grand brings one of the biggest DJ lineups imaginable from Wednesday (June 15) through Sunday (June 19): Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Axwell & Ingrosso, Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers. It’s practically a five-day festival unto itself, especially if you throw in sets from Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Tiësto, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki at the megaresort’s Wet Republic dayclub.

Afrojack also kicks off EDC Week at Omnia with a June 14 performance, and the awe-inspiring Caesars Palace club follows with Krewella, Nicky Romero, Armin van Buuren and Garrix. Omnia’s intimate new sister-club Jewel at Aria offers sets from Oliver Heldens, Aoki and Dada Life.

The luxurious nightclubs at Wynn and Encore consistently offer some of the biggest names in the EDM game, and EDC Week will be a nonstop party at Surrender, XS, Encore Beach Club (day and night) and the gorgeous new Intrigue. Skrillex and Marshmello team up on June 15 at Surrender to kick things off, and the Wynn/Encore circuit is jammed from there with powerhouse sets from the likes of Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, Zedd, Nghtmre, Alesso, Kaskade, Yellow Claw, DJ Excel, DJ Snake and Diplo.

A few more EDC-influenced parties to consider: Laidback Luke, Claude VonStroke and Morgan Page play Light; Disclosure DJs Daylight; Knife Party and Flux Pavilion hit Rehab; and Liquid Pool Lounge goes big with 3LAU, GTA, Heldens and The New Order team of SNBRN, Shaun Frank and Dr. Fresch.

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