The Funk(tion) Phenomenon

Ruled by the 21-and-over venues on the Strip and downtown, this city isn’t the kindest to its 18-and-up crowd. Under-agers are left with little to do, even when it comes to live music. But kids, raise your (nonalcoholic) spirits and Sprites, because Funktion is coming to Las Vegas.

The 18+ dance party—courtesy of Insomniac Events’ drum and bass/dubstep chapter Bassrush with help from Frequency Events—occurs weekly in Southern California, but will be a special monthly here, debuting the first Thursday of each month at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip starting Jan. 5.

Audiences were awed by the production of Insomniac’s famed Electric Daisy Carnival’s first contracted year at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway last summer. After the 230,000 guests, jaw-dropping presentation of art installation, circus-chic performers and the $136 million the event pumped into Clark County’s economy, you could call Insomniac’s work in Las Vegas a success. Which is why, after about seven months of planning, the international brand is back with a little help from one well-known local outfit.

Frequency Events is one of the few event companies throwing electronic dance music parties for the 18-and-over segment. Over the years it’s brought EDM sensations such as Skream, Skrillex and Zeds Dead to Las Vegas for the first time.

“Everyone knows Insomniac goes above and beyond,” says Noal Hendricks, co-owner of Frequency. “We’re bringing that into a small venue. We’re looking at LED walls and extra lighting everywhere, not just adding a few screens here and there. This will be over-the-top almost festival-style production.”

The Funktion premiere ( will feature iconic producer Dieselboy, Moombahton trailblazer Dillon Francis, John B, and bi-monthly resident Messinian. Local favorite Teenwolf was handpicked and will serve the party’s resident DJ.