Nightlife News & Notes: DJ Grammy noms, an EDC ticket reminder and more

Pasquale Rotella is the man behind EDC’s astounding spectacle.
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Insomniac head Pasquale Rotella took to social media to warn procrasti-ravers everywhere that tickets to June’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway will go faster than ever. “Sell out is estimated to be months earlier than last year’s sellout date, or even sooner!” Rotella said on December 6. EDC 2014 sold out during the first week of March.

Hakkasan will take a holiday break and go dark December 18-25. On December 26, only the Ling Ling Club will be available, with the full venue opening again on December 27.

Speaking of the MGM Grand megaclub, will it lose one of its regulars, Danny Avila—or be forced to share him with Life, which has him booked on January 4? And will Wynn’s party spots go halfsies with the SLS nightclub on Fedde Le Grand, who is also booked at the latter on January 3? With increasingly more DJs, such as Borgeous and 3LAU, joining the multi-venue ranks of Skrillex and Kaskade, perhaps exclusive residencies are on the wane.

Liaison has launched a holiday toy and food drive. Anyone coming to Bally’s LGBT dance spot with a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food items gets in free until Christmas. In other Drai’s nightlife news, Drai’s Nightclub continues to add to its late-night concert series by booking a February 15 Logic live performance.

Vegas nightlife DJ regulars Deadmau5, Tiësto, Audien and Kaskade are all up for Grammys in the electronic/dance field, with Deadmau5 nominated in the album category and the latter three producer/DJs vying for the Best Remix Recording prize.

Finally, house/techno HQ website Resident Advisor is the latest electronic dance/nightlife media outlet to have polled its readers on the best 100 DJs of 2014. Topping the list for the second consecutive year is German producer/DJ Dixon. Recent Vegas visitors Hot Since 82, Apollonia, Carl Cox and Sasha—along with future performers Guy Gerber and Loco Dice—also placed. RA’s rankings employ stricter rules than DJ Mag or DJ Times, requiring voters to be members of the site prior to the opening of the three-day poll.

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