When it was announced late last year that Hakkasan Group would purchase controlling interest in Light Group, the Vegas club scene instantly erupted in an odd mix of “We kind of saw this coming” and “We can’t wait to see what Hakkasan comes up with.” Now that we’re putting 2014 behind us and already nearly a month deep in 2015’s adventures, it’s time to take a look at one of the cornerstones of the conglomerate now under Hakkasan control: LIGHT nightclub at Mandalay Bay.
Throughout the club’s partnership with Cirque du Soleil, LIGHT has been the spot in Vegas for expressive and artistic performances that rival anything the other megaclubs can put together. And this year will be no exception. LIGHT’s new Artistic Director Maximiliano Torandell has promised a “sexy and avant-garde LIGHT 2015 show” full of new performances and new materials that are sure to continue LIGHT’s legacy as a club for excitement as well as entertainment, where club goers can both watch a show and become part of the action at the same time. And that spirit of the show is evident in the upcoming DJ lineup.
While the Cirque-styled performances are often the reason we recommend LIGHT, this year the DJs will be just as central to the atmosphere. Alesso, the dance music master, will be a regular at LIGHT and will release his debut studio album in 2015. Fellow Def Jam artists Axwell and Ingrosso will return. And additional performances will come from the likes of GTA, A-Trak, Sultan + Shepard and more while Baauer will once again host his monthly residency.
With those longstanding artists, LIGHT will bring in big names in EDM, hip-hop and more to make 2015 bright. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be there tonight, DJ Mustard and will.i.am perform next week, Morgan Page will take the stage next month and Disclosure will put on DJ sets and shows called “Wild Life” that will feature their own performances and those of their friends. Some of the most exciting treats from LIGHT this year will be the nights when electronic music pioneers like Carl Cox and EDM mainstays like Fatboy Slim hit the club. The dedication to performance is seen from the moment you enter, but the real appeal of LIGHT is the connection between show and audience.
Some aspects of LIGHT’s new life under Hakkasan Group are yet to be seen. But we have little doubt that the creative minds behind the club, both new and old, will build something we’re eager to experience over and over. The list of currently scheduled musical talent is below. And the physical performers including dancers and aerialists will make the nights at LIGHT unforgettable.
LIGHT Nightclub 2015 Talent Roster:
Macklemore + Ryan Lewis
Sultan + Shepard