More anticipated than the NFL draft, more Googled than the Academy Awards nominations: It’s the first of the 2014 resident DJ rosters! OK, so it’s not that ubiquitous, but here in Las Vegas, which DJ plays which nightclub is so discussed, so scrutinized and so passed around Facebook, you’d think we were placing bets on it.
So, what’s the first big announcement for clubbers to study up on? We got our vodka-Red Bull-stained hands on the 2014 Hakkasan lineup:
Jumping ship from other Las Vegas venues, Above & Beyond, the British trio known for epic sing-alongs and connecting with their audience in real-time on-screen messages, will now call Hakkasan home.
There’ll be a lot of synchronized house-music head-bobbing when Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano also make the move to Hakkasan, as does another Dutch duo, W&W. Even Grammy winner Afrojack will now jump into the Hakkasan booth.
Returning for their sophomore year are fan favorites Calvin Harris (celebrating his birthday at the megaclub on Jan. 17), Tiësto and his “Club Life” party (Jan. 18) and the world’s No. 1 DJ according to DJ Mag, Hardwell.
Additional featured artists at Hakkasan include familiar faces Steve Aoki, Danny Avila, Bingo Players, Dada Life, Mark Eteson, Fergie (DJ), Nervo, R3hab, Eva Shaw (formerly known as Bambi) and Michael Woods.
“Where’s Deadmau5?” your mau5-ear-wearing friends might be screaming. But fans would have noticed his quick departure only a little while after Hakkasan opened last year amid rumors he got out of his contract and/or the venue wasn’t happy with the sound he was bringing to the Strip. So it’s not surprising he’s absent for 2014.
But what we’re really planning to cram ourselves in front of the booth for is another special gig by Moby, slated for February 8.
Select artists will also pull double-duty at Wet Republic when pool season gets going. Sadly, there don’t appear to be any new DJ/producers coming to the Las Vegas scene (yet; this is only the first roster to come to light), but we predict there will still be plenty of dancing shoes worn thin in 2014.