Six Things You Might Not Know About Vegas’ Longest-Running Megaclub
In a city obsessed with novelty, where nightclubs must constantly reinvent themselves to stay relevant, making it to six years is no small achievement for a venue. Encore hotspot XS has not only survived but thrived, topping Nightclub and Bar magazine’s list of highest-grossing U.S. nightclubs for the fifth time in 2015. The nightclub celebrates March 28 with a blowout featuring the return of Grammy-nominated über-DJ Avicii. In honor of XS’ sixth anniversary, here are six things to know about the sleek club.
1. More than 14,000 LED lights shine down on the party. That number got a boost this year, when XS unveiled $10 million in technology upgrades, from rotating screens around the DJ booth to mood-setting string lighting in the pool area.
2. When the club debuted in 2009, the number of guests far overwhelmed expectations, forcing management to make changes to the layout. More entries and exits were added, the queue was redesigned, and dozens of new tables were brought in.
3. It’s the only club to lead Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 list five times. Gross revenues climbed from about $60 million in 2009 to $105 million in 2014.
4. Fedde Legrand was the first DJ to headline there. Since then, as EDM has grown in popularity and DJs have attained the status of rock stars, the club has hosted a who’s who of electronic music royalty, from Skrillex to Tiësto, Calvin Harris to Deadmau5, and current residents Kaskade, Diplo and David Guetta.
5. For now, it and its sister Wynn and Encore venues are the only places in the world where you can see Avicii on the regular. The DJ has inked an exclusive Wynn Las Vegas residency for 2015.
6. They’re still innovating. March 30 marks the launch of High Society, a monthly cultural mash-up bringing together local street and pop artists with Wynn residents such as Dillon Francis, Lil Jon and RL Grime. Artists will create original work for the event, transforming the inside of the club into a pop-up gallery. Jermaine Dupri headlines the first installment.