Axwell gets Marquee moving before he headlines EDC
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 (5 p.m.)
Photo: Brenton Ho
My Friday night at Marquee turned out to be an Electric Daisy Carnival appetizer. Axwell, one-third of the dance music fest’s Day 3-headlining Swedish House Mafia, was in the house for his solo Las Vegas debut. He’s the only member of the trio in DJ Mag’s Top 10, so this was a premiere not to miss.
A group of dance music fanatics had gathered at the Cosmo club, as all members of the Las Vegas Electronic Dance Music Meetup were granted comp admission and early access to the nightspot’s near-hidden hangout, the Library. The social networking group had received 45 RSVPs from local EDM junkies looking to connect with fellow EDC-goers in the days before the June 24-26 extravaganza rolls into the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The LVEDM group was incredibly diverse: 20-somethings to 40-somethings, men, women and all kinds of styles and fashions represented. By the looks of this network, electronic dance music clearly is a universal genre in 2011.
After a high-energy set by Blake Jarrell, the highly anticipated Axwell stepped up to the DJ booth, and the crowd went wild. The main room was packed to the brim, people jumping and fists pumping all around.
Already definitely feeling the tracks Axwell was dropping, the crowd really erupted into cheers when he laid down Duck Sauce’s “Barbra Streisand.” And the party was just beginning for local EDM fanatics. Around 11:30 p.m., EDC promoter Insomniac Events finally revealed the bulk of its Las Vegas EDC lineup. Axwell, who performed at Denver’s EDC fest the night after his Marquee set, won’t be doing the solo thing at the Speedway; SHM comrade Steve Angello will, spinning a 3:30 a.m. set on the fest’s opening night. The full-force Swedish House Mafia plays at 1 a.m. Sunday night.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.