Just as fall gives way to winter and Christmas to New Year’s Eve, we find ourselves in a new season, with all its attendant glittering lights and mysterious traditions: residency season.
With 2012 in the books, clubs are starting to come out with their 2013 DJ rosters, and no place dropped a turntable bomb quite like the Wynn/Encore clubs, which announced a staggering 42 residents for the year.
Of course, if you’re not overwhelmed by sheer numbers, what jumps out just as much as who’s on the list as is who’s not.
Notably, two of the biggest names that ran through XS, Encore Beach Club, Tryst and Surrender—Tiësto and Deadmau5—won’t be back for the pending campaign. That’s because they, along with Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki, are going to be moving to Hakkasan for the club’s expected spring open.
Those guys aren’t coming cheap to Hakkasan, either—Deadmau5 will be getting $35 million for 40 shows over two years, including sets at Wet Republic and the MGM Grand Garden Arena for a pending electronic dance music concert series, while Tiësto is reportedly getting $250,000 per gig.
Also departing the Wynn are Alesso and Sebastian Ingrosso, but swelling the ranks are an impressive roster of newcomers led by Eric Prydz, along with Bassnectar, Madeon, Knife Party, Cedric Gervais, Fedde Le Grand and LMFAOist and inveterate banana hammock-wearer, Redfoo, who is shifting over from his Party Rock Monday residency at Marquee.
And, just in case you were sweating where former Palms and Vanity resident DJ Pauly D would end up with the latter club closing down, it turns out he’s going to Haze for a monthly residency called Turnt Up. Because New Jersey apparently has really good schools.
With additional reporting by David Morris.