In typical Vegas fashion, these two heavyweights will go head-to-head when the multi-million dollar nightclubs celebrate their grand openings a week apart. Hakkasan at the MGM Grand will open its nightclub portion of the venue April 18th with Grammy nominated Deadmau5 performing, while Mandalay Bay's Light will weigh in with Interscope Records’ Zedd just 6 days later on April 24th. For a more in-depth look at both of these new heavy hitters, let’s go to the tale-of-the-tape.
Hakkasan Restaurant & Nightclub at MGM Grand is a breathtaking new concept in dining and entertainment. While there are other Hakkasan venues worldwide, this will be their first venture on the Las Vegas Strip. This unique fusion of delicious Asian cuisine and exhilarating nightlife spans over 75,000 square feet and five levels. Envisioned and created by Hakkasan Ltd. and partners at Angel Management Group, the venue holds more than 7,000 people.
The first two levels comprise the restaurant portion of the venue. The first level is the main dining area with intimate, latticed woodwork cages. The second floor boasts a private dining room overlooking the main dining area. Specializing in modern Cantonese cuisine, Michelin-starred Executive Chef Ho Chee Boon and his dim sum chefs take center stage. Atop the restaurant level is the Ling Ling Club, an intimate 10,000 square-foot lounge where DJs Vice, Eric D-Lux, and ?uestlove are scheduled for the opening weekend, April 18–20.
The fourth level houses the main nightclub and The Pavilion, an Asian garden with a bar and DJ space.
The fifth and uppermost level has a panoramic view of the nightlife described as a re-imagined Las Vegas version of contemporary classic Chinoiserie. The main nightclub and the venue itself made such an impression on Tiesto, that he was willing to abandon his residency in Ibiza, Spain in order to perform more dates at Hakkasan. In addition to Tiesto, the DJ residencies that Hakkasan has acquired will undoubtedly be of impressive quality. Along with Deadmau5 and Tiesto, Grammy award winning DJ\producer Calvin Harris will perform 46 dates. Steve Aoki will also have six dates and a party called Neon Future, which will be sure to have fans packing this highly anticipated venue. Other notable acts performing at Hakkasan will be Hardwell, Bingo Players, Laidback Luke, and Tommy Trash. Tickets for events can be purchased, here.
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Light at Mandalay Bay—opening April 26th. Created by The Light Group, Cirque du Soleil, and MGM Resorts International, the nightclub will be the ultimate theatrical nightlife venue. The chic 38,000 square foot venue will feature state of the art theatrical production and world renowned DJs. Along with Zedd, Light has lined up an amazing group of DJs that can rival any of the major music festivals. This includes 2012 breakthrough star Nicky Romero, the Grammy nominated Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia member Sebastion Ingrosso, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Axwell, Thomas Gold, Mat Zo, Bass Jackers, Andy Caldwell…plus many more. Light—turned on by Cirque du Soleil will offer more than the traditional nightclub. Upon arriving at Light, guests will be dazzled by the theatrics, ambiance, and fanfare of the venue as everyone in the club will feel like part of the show. This 'show' includes revolutionary video mapping, lighting, sound and special effects, as well as the innovative and unique choreography, aerial stunts, and costumed performers that Cirque du Soleil has always been known for. At Light, no two nights will ever be the same. Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil said, “This new creative challenge is exciting for us. We have the opportunity to re-think the nightclub experience and apply our creative and artistic signature to different audiences and live experiences.” Light will not just be a place to dance to the best DJs in the world, it will be a visually stimulating experience like none other on the Vegas strip. Tickets to events at Light can be purchased, here.
Unlike the boxing matches audiences have been subjected to lately, this is shaping up to be one contest where everybody wins, especially the fans.