With so many massive parties taking place during EDC Week in Las Vegas, two EDM.com writers decided to head to as many parties as possible. Check out our roundup of the top EDC Week parties below.
Parties attended by Mike Walkusky
Dirtybird at Drai's After Hours (Friday morning)
This party took place during the early morning hours on Friday. I drove from Southern California late Thursday night and arrived in Las Vegas around 3am. It was a rough drive, but I simply couldn't miss Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke. Paris Hilton actually showed up at the same time as me, which made it apparent that the Dirtybird party was the hottest ticket in town. From 3am until 6:30am, I witnessed Martin and Von Stroke throw down a B2B set of epic proportions. The bass was heavy, and the groove was neverending. Martin constantly hyped up the crowd, which was necessary due to the time of day. The vibes of this party were unlike anything I'd witnessed before. In the back of the crowd, ravers were giving light shows. Right in front of the DJ booth, the Dirtybird fanatics were going crazy nonstop. At the tables, Hilton and her entourage added your typical socialite vibe to the party. I stayed until 6:30am, but I wanted to stay longer. However, I needed to sleep in preparation for the first day of EDC. I felt like a vampire as I walked out of the dark nightclub and into the sun-soaked streets of the Las Vegas Strip.
Eric Prydz at Drai's Beach Club (Saturday afternoon)
Man, the view at Drai's Beach Club is amazing. You can see a lot of the Las Vegas Strip skyline, including the Paris Hotel's Eiffel Towel behind the DJ booth. It was awesome to see Eric Prydz spinning directly in front of the Eiffel Tower. Drai's Beach Club is a new entry into the Vegas dayclub battle, and it deserves to be mentioned as one of the top dayclubs on the Strip. The club was great, and Prydz never disappoints, which made this an ideal dayclub experience. Prydz closed with "Pjanoo" and "Allein," making this the perfect way to get excited for the second day of EDC.
Parties attended by Robby Engle
Dada Life at Hakkasan (Wednesday night)
Hakkasan was the club I was most excited to visit in Vegas because of the incredible lineup that it boasts all year long. I knew it had to be special with producers like Hardwell, Tiesto, and Calvin Harris carrying residencies. The club was beautiful, with a surprising amount of room to dance for a Vegas club. Dada Life threw down a great set, bringing along their classic party favors: champagne, bananas, and pillows for a huge pillow fight. This was the perfect opening to a crazy week in Vegas.
Above & Beyond at Wet Republic (Thursday afternoon)
Above & Beyond in a pool is something that everyone must experience. Wet Republic is a luxurious pool party venue at the MGM Grand, and Above & Beyond were just as perfect as the weather on Thursday afternoon. They played new tracks like “Sticky Fingers” and Arty’s remix of London Grammar’s “Hey Now,” along with classics like “Sun & Moon” and “Thing Called Love.” If you’ve never experienced an all-out water brawl when a song drops, then put a pool party like this one on your to-do list!
Skrillex, Diplo and RL Grime at XS (Monday night)
You know it’s a party when Pauly D and Cuba Gooding Jr show up. I’m surprised that Paris Hilton didn’t make an appearance after she showed up at Dirtybird on Thursday night. In all seriousness, this Jack U set was one for the ages. The club was about as packed as it could get (the second highest attendance in XS history), and everyone was going all out to celebrate the end of a fantastic EDC week. Although I missed RL Grime’s opening set, from all accounts it was a good one. Skrillex came on around 11:45 and played for an hour, before Diplo joined him for another hour. This seemed like an entire industry party, and if you get a chance to see a Jack U set in the future, do not miss it. I swear there’s nothing sweeter.
Written by Mike Walkusky & Robby Engle
Cover photo credit: Danny Mahoney/XS Las Vegas