The magical moment when day meets night is the impetus for a new party on the Strip. Sundown Sundays at Daylight beach club at Mandalay Bay is visually rich, musically sweet, and sublime in mood and tone—and even better for the working class, it starts at 4 p.m.
“Las Vegas has some of the most inspiring sunsets, and with a time gap between pool parties and nightlife we saw a great opportunity for this kind of sound,” says Zee Zandi, vice president of brand development and entertainment for Light Group. “Also, the setup at Daylight could not have worked any better since the sun sets directly behind the stage, making for an amazing introduction to our Sundown DJs.”
On the roster is the best of underground house music, such as DJ/producer Guy Gerber, who played the April 26 opening. DJ Brett Rubin warmed up the crowd, and was joined by trumpet player Rico DeLargo for a blend of electronic and brass. Week 2 welcomed Nic Fanciulli with guests Eddie MacDonald and DJ Stellar. Each week, the headliner takes the stage while the clock on the large LED screen counts down to sunset.
“I am a fan of all the artists on the roster, which is what inspired me to book them for this party,” Zandi says. “Each DJ will bring a unique vibe and sound to the pool that I think people are really going to like. I am looking forward to seeing them play in this new element.”
During EDC weekend, there will be a special Thursday edition of Sundown on June 18, which will include the first Las Vegas performance by Duke Dumont. Then on June 21, expect an early Sundown leading up to EDC that will include a back-to-back set by Carl Cox and Loco Dice.
“It’s always important to introduce new sounds to our market,” Zandi says. “Some of these artists are already big around the world, so it really is a matter of giving people the opportunity [here] to experience this music.”