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Nightlife News & Notes: Zedd breaks an XS record, a surprise Skrillex set at Drai’s and more

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More than 11,000 guests lined up at XS to see Zedd this past weekend, breaking the venue’s previous attendance record set by David Guetta.
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The recent Labor Day Weekend was a momentous one, and if any particular DJ owned it, Zedd would likely be crowned the victor. On August 28, for the first of two nighttime pool parties at the Wynn/Encore resorts, the big-room Russian producer/DJ was joined in the Encore Beach Club booth by previous Wynn/current Hakkasan resident Tiësto, and given a special moonman-shaped cake for his recent MTV Video Music Awards win. Three nights later, Zedd headlined XS’ Nightswim bash, which managed to cycle through a reported 11,323 guests, a figure that breaks the 11,000 attendance record set by the May 25 edition of the same party. Oh, and since it was his birthday party, he received another cake.

Tiësto’s crashing of and performance at a competitor’s event raised a few eyebrows—as did Skrillex’s surprise set at Drai’s After Hours late Friday night. We suspect that went better than his other impromptu gig two nights before at Burning Man in Northern Nevada with his Jack U partner and fellow Wynn resident Diplo. Reports surfaced that during the duo’s tag-team effort at the Robot Heart soundcamp, Diplo made the mistake of dropping DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s trap hit “Turn Down For What,” drawing enough boos from the crowd to end Jack U’s set.

Skrillex recently landed on Forbes’ annual Electronic Cash Kings list, though Calvin Harris remained the highest-earning DJ. The Hakkasan anchor boasted a $66 million take over the last 12 months. Wynn nightlife exclusive David Guetta came in at second place with $30 million, Tiësto and Avicii (Wynn) tied at third with $28 million each, and new Las Vegan Steve Aoki (Hakkasan) landed at fifth with $23 million.

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