A bright Light will soon burn in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has seduced many admirers with the magic of its lights. With everything from neon signs to gigantic LED screens, the city shines in the desert. And soon a new “light” will add to the glow while filling the evenings with passion, spectacle and the best of electronic dance music.

A rendering of Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay

A rendering of the dance floor at Light Nightclub (photo courtesy of The Light Group)

The countdown is on. The opening of Light Nightclub is only days away. Set to debut over Memorial Day weekend, this new party-going hotspot at the south end of the Strip boasts considerable size and a dynamic range of technology.

Located at Mandalay Bay, Light is situated near the doors to the parking garage in the space formerly occupied by Rumjungle. It’s joining an already stellar lineup of nightlife offerings at the South Pacific-themed megaresort – from House of Blues Foundation Room and Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar to Mix Lounge, which sits high atop THEhotel.

The power that’s generating Light is a collaboration of The Light Group, a leading hospitality management company famous for shaping the nightlife scene on the Strip, and Cirque du Soleil, the world-renowned Canadian entertainment company responsible for seven of Sin City’s most successful productions (soon to be eight with the launch of “Michael Jackson – ONE” on May 23, 2013).

Light is being described as offering “far more than the traditional nightclub.” So what can you expect and how will it be different from all the others in Las Vegas?


Light Nightclub will feature EDM superstar Zedd on opening night (photo courtesy The Light Group)

“The nightclub will serve as a laboratory, very much like our special events and projects have done in the past, for different and new artistic possibilities,” said Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, when the ambitious plans were unveiled early this year.

Spanning 38,000 square feet, Light will feature an ever-evolving space – one that can be transformed nightly so that no two visits are ever the same. It’s being designed by New York-based starchitect Josh Held, who has been at the helm of numerous restaurant, bar and nightclub ventures in Las Vegas.

Among the highlights at Light is an innovative and state-of-the-art acrobatic LED structure that will provide an immersive playground for performers. Cirque du Soleil, which is celebrated for reviving the modern day circus, is in charge of the talent and producing the shows – so avant-garde costumes and distinctive choreography are guaranteed.

The entertainment studio Moment Factory, based in Montreal, has also been enlisted at Light. The company is renowned for crafting remarkable multimedia environments that combine video, lighting, architecture, sound and special effects.

Plus, Light will have the largest general admission dance floor in Las Vegas. This was practically a requirement given that the music is to be spun by a lineup of internationally acclaimed DJs.

Light opens its doors on Friday, May 24. Zedd, a Russian-German producer and DJ who MTV deemed as an “Artist to Watch” for 2013, will be the first to take control of the decks.

“I’m extremely excited to be part of Light,” said Zedd, aka Anton Zaslavski. “Besides the incredible lineup, the unique concept is really refreshing and different from any other Vegas project.”

Rendering of Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay

Another rendering of Light Nightclub (photo courtesy of The Light Group)

Zedd will be joined by Australian producer and DJ Hook N Sling, who is beloved for his breakout tune “The Bump.”

In the days that follow, Light will showcase even more big names in the electronic dance music industry. See Swedish DJ Sebastian Ingrosso, who recently released “Reload” (with Tommy Trash and John Martin), and Otto Knows, a fellow Swede, on May 25. Brooklyn-based Baauer, who recorded the huge hit “Harlem Shake,” and hip-hop producer Just Blaze are scheduled to appear on May 26. The pair not only issued the trap music hit single “Higher,” but also just wrapped up a 20-city tour together.

Axwell, Stafford Brothers, Krewella, Thomas Gold and Bassjackers are among the other notable DJs who will grace Light’s turntables in the coming weeks.

Sure to become one of Las Vegas’ premiere nightclubs, Light will be a must-see-and-be-seen gathering place for visitors and locals this weekend. Like the tagline says: “After dark, there is Light.” So head to Mandalay Bay in the evening hours for some illumination…because the spectacles of celebration at Light must be experienced to be fully understood.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.