Nightlife News & Notes: New EDM festivals, Mardi Gras parties and more

Holly Madison and Pasquale Rotella at the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
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Around midnight on February 25, Pasquale Rotella of Insomniac, producer of Electric Daisy Carnival, announced that he would not only launch Vegas editions of the popular SoCal fests Beyond Wonderland and Nocturnal Wonderland, but would soon reveal a partnership with a new local venue. He also said EDC will remain at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Speaking of EDC: The EDMbiz Conference & Expo returns to the Cosmopolitan June 17-19 just ahead of the bigger Speedway event. Per its title, the event will add an expo hall for EDM music and brands.

Lest you forget, March 4 is Fat Tuesday, and some local spots are commemorating the final—and best—day of the Carnival season. Ghostbar and Gold Diggers at Golden Nugget will feature masquerade events; House of Blues’ Foundation Room holds a live-music-centric party at 5 p.m.; and Rockhouse, PBR Rock Bar and the Orleans will also feature boozy promotions.

Last week, Marquee finally shared its 2014 DJ roster. Kaskade, Armin van Buuren and Benny Benassi will stay; former resident Avicii has left and is now exclusively at XS; and underground house champs Jamie Jones and Claude VonStroke come aboard, representing the most visible effort by a Las Vegas megaclub to incorporate music outside commercial EDM/bass music.

Also: Hakkasan Group recently acquired Angel Management Group, operator of clubs and pools like Pure, Chateau and Wet Republic. Neil Moffitt, founder of AMG, will remain CEO of Hakkasan.

Velveteen Rabbit launched its new Mystery Monday promo this week by debuting Oskar Blues beer ... and having Life is Beautiful give all 80 or so patrons free three-day passes for this October’s festival (yes, they said three-day). Also, gay spot Club Metro didn’t make it a year before turning into the Association, a blues and rock venue and bar. And those hoping to land a job at Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub can apply at

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