XS is puffing out its chest this week with its $10 million production renovation reveal. Among the megaclub’s new and changed amenities: a bigger DJ booth with moving LED video screens, stringed lights and lasers for the outdoor/pool area, LED node strips throughout the ceiling of the nightclub, overhead flame and pyro machines, additional screens and lighting made to better connect clubbers outdoors with the action in the club, and Kabuki-drop drapes that will enable dramatic headliner DJ introductions.
Over on the other side of their host casino property, Encore Beach Club will interview potential staff (cocktail servers and their assistants, lifeguards, bartenders and bar apprentices, security officers) January 12-15 for the venue’s 2015 pool season, which begins in March. (Yes, already!) Candidates must first apply at wynnjobs.com.
As for the nighttime version of that party space: Laidback Luke has a January 30 gig at Surrender. An interesting development, as the Dutch producer/DJ had been aligned with Light Group both last year and before a brief stint with Hakkasan in 2013.
More Dutch DJ—and club residency—news: Hakkasan Group recently announced that Tiësto has signed a new contract that keeps him performing for Hakkasan Nightclub and Wet Republic dayclub. Also rejoining Hakkasan for 2015: Steve Aoki, Hardwell and Above & Beyond, while Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DVBBS, Tchami, Ummet Ozcan and Don Diablo sign on with the MGM monstro-club for the first time. It’s also worth noting who’s not on the hot spot’s roster any longer—Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Calvin Harris—one or all of whom may be earmarked for Hakkasan Group’s upcoming Omnia Nightclub, slated to replace the former Pure this spring.
Club Paradise, the gentlemen’s club across the street from Hard Rock Hotel, reopened with a new owner on January 5. Grand opening weekend follows on January 9-10. The long-running topless joint was shuttered in June after Metro confiscated computers necessary to: 1. conduct a credit card fraud investigation and 2. run the business.
Local faves Spacebyrdz and Justin Baule will play at the BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on January 10. The week-and-a-half party is one of the biggest and most revered house/techno festivals in the world.