When J. Cole takes the mic and drops that KOD sound on the Hakkasan Nightclub crowd this New Year’s Eve, he’ll be representing one of the city’s longest, and most spectacular traditions.
What tradition exactly? In truth, it’s one that is bigger than just New Year’s Eve. It’s the tradition of Las Vegas (and its globally recognized hospitality players) packing a lifetime of memories into a single night, and creating stories that will be told for years to come.
For Hakkasan Group, putting a bow tie on 2018 means rolling out the company’s biggest names for back-to-back nightly concerts and dance parties beginning Thursday, Dec. 27 and culminating in the aforementioned New Year’s Eve bash with four headliners in its four largest Las Vegas venues.
“New Year’s Eve is really the pinnacle of nights in Las Vegas, so the night itself is sort of an institution,” explains Hakkasan Group Executive Director of VIP Operations Jon Opas, whose team has been prepping for December 31 long before some tickets first went on sale in June.
With the music landscape and audience tastes constantly evolving, Hakkasan Group is putting an extra emphasis on its hip-hop roster this year. While J. Cole takes the stage at Hakkasan Nightclub, “Dip” artist Tyga takes over JEWEL Nightclub at Aria, and Lil Jon gets the spotlight and champagne toast at The Mirage’s 1OAK Nightclub.
Meanwhile, Hakkasan Group’s longtime A-lister (and Forbes’ highest paid DJ of 2018) Calvin Harris keeps his streak of New Year’s Eve performances at OMNIA Nightclub intact. Harris will be the star attraction at the Caesars Palace mega-club, but he certainly won’t be the only one drawing crowds during the five-night holiday spectacle.
For your personal planning purposes, here is the lowdown on Hakkasan Group’s end of year festivities.
Consider this your warm-up night. Get over to Hakkasan Nightclub and stretch those legs with DJ Stretch behind the decks. It will feel good to get the blood flowing, because you’re in for some long nights.
Jeff Retro takes over at Hakkasan Nightclub, giving the Friday night crowd everything they’ve been looking forward to since they scribbled “Las Vegas” on their holiday calendars. (10:30 p.m., $20-$30) Meanwhile, “Let Go” artist Mark Eteson gets the call at OMNIA Nightclub (10:30 p.m., $20-$30), DJ E-Rock does his thing at JEWEL Nightclub (10:30 p.m., $20-$30), and DJ Buza hosts an intimate bash at 1OAK Nightclub. (10:30 p.m., $20-$30)
While you will be tempted, don’t ruin yourself on Saturday night. It’s not going to be easy, not with star DJ Party Favor (who just dropped his latest, “Blame,” in November) putting on a “PartyTV” show at Hakkasan Nightclub. (10:30 p.m., $20-$30) Just up the Strip, Zedd returns to OMNIA Nightclub to put a cap on an all-time year that included a still talked about live performance of “The Middle” back in April. (10:30 p.m., $25-$40) Speaking of shows people will be talking about, “Talk tO Me” artist Tory Lanez will take over JEWEL Nightclub on December 29 (10:30 p.m., $20-$30), and DJ Crooked is going at 1 OAK. (10:30 p.m., $20-$30)
Counting down to the big night, Tiesto returns to town for a New Year’s Eve Eve party at Hakkasan Nightclub (10:30 p.m., $20-$30), with fellow superstar Kaskade holding it down at OMNIA Nightclub. (10:30 p.m., $25-$40) Enjoy them one last time in 2018, but get some rest when it’s all over. You’ll need it.
Raise your glass and bask in those confetti showers, because the Night of all Nights has finally arrived.
Doors open at 8 p.m. for Hakkasan Nightclub’s New Year’s Eve festivities, with GRAMMY nominee J. Cole serving as your ball-dropping headliner, and fellow artist DJ Dash in Hakkasan’s Ling Ling Club. ($75-$125)
There’s a two-hour open bar available if you’re headed to see Tyga at JEWEL Nightclub. Just get there early enough so you can have your fill. (9 p.m., $52-$78)
Lil Jon’s 1 OAK bash will also include a two-hour open bar, and just about all the crunk you can handle. But did you expect anything less? (9 p.m., $32-$52)
And, of course, you get a double-dose of high-energy dance music at OMNIA Nightclub, with Calvin Harris and DJ Generik both making appearances as the clock ticks down to midnight. (8 p.m., $150-$225)
Tickets to Hakkasan Group’s New Year’s Weekend parties can be purchased at NewYearsEveLasVegas.com. You’ll have the option of purchasing VIP bar card packages with some tickets, and you can also make your New Year’s Eve dinner reservations at Hakkasan Restaurant, Searsucker, Yellowtail, FIX, Kumi Japanese, Stack, Herringbone, or Red Square.
What? You still have something left in you? Then perhaps you’ll join Fergie DJ at OMNIA Nightclub for the first official party of 2019! (10:30 p.m., $20-$40, tickets)