LIGHT– the state-of-the-art nightclub by Cirque du Soleil and The Light Group– will open at Mandalay Bay the weekend of April 26 with headliners Nicky Romero and Axwell. On Friday, April 26, LIGHT resident DJ Nicky Romero will be joined by Clockwork and Andy Caldwell. On Saturday, April 27, Axwell will embark on his inaugural Las Vegas residency as he takes over LIGHT with Hook N Sling. Check out the opening weekend video at: http://youtu.be/rLP-2xoC3AU.
LIGHT, the first-ever nightclub turned on by Cirque du Soleil, will merge cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience. Headlining DJs and performers will lead the charge, coupled with exclusively built performance elements and visuals, innovative video mapping, lighting, sound and special effects, as well as avant-garde costumes and unique choreography imagined by Cirque du Soleil.
“Fusing the world’s top DJ talent with the Cirque du Soleil experience was a career highlight for me and I cannot wait to start to see these shows begin,” says LIGHT Music and Marketing Director Amy Thomson.
Along with having an amazing opening line-up, visitors to LIGHT will always have the best in DJ entertainment as LIGHT has confirmed partnerships with world-renowned DJs including Skrillex, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, Alesso, Baauer, Nicky Romero, Thomas Gold, A-Trak, Mat Zo and Otto Knows as well as Alvin Risk, Andy Caldwell, Bassjackers, Carl Kennedy, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hook N Sling, Sebastien Drums, Stafford Brothers and Steve Powers. This all-star lineup of resident musicians at LIGHT continues to break boundaries with the recent addition of Krewella. Hailing from Chicago, the party-rocking electro trio made up of Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl are just heating up on the world’s electronic music circuit with “Alive,” their current hit which spent the last 23 weeks on the Billboard Dance/Mix airplay charts. Krewella will begin their residency at LIGHT on May 1, with eight performances planned for 2013.
Designed as an experience to play with your senses, LIGHT will offer far more than the traditional nightclub. Upon arriving at LIGHT, guests enter the realm of the unknown, as everyone in the club is part of the show. The chic, fashion-forward 38,000-square-foot venue featuring state-of-the-art production, theatrics, and, of course, world-renowned DJs and performers will turn on a new kind of passion and creativity, redefining a “night out” and creating a unique, memorable event each night.
LIGHT’s Twitter followers will be provided a unique opportunity to take part in the official presale starting Tuesday, March 26. Utilizing the social media channel, #TicketTuesday will feature contests each week where guests who buy tickets and tweet the hashtag can win a meet and greet with one of the DJs, a complimentary bottle or dinner at one of The Light Group’s signature restaurants at Mandalay Bay and other amazing prizes. Grand Opening weekend tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday March 28. For more information on LIGHT and tickets, please visit www.haveyouseenthelight.com.
About CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Since 1984, the company has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in over 40 countries in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at www.cirquedusoleil.com.
About THE LIGHT GROUP
The Light Group, a leading hospitality development and management company, is renowned for shaping the nightlife landscape on the Las Vegas Strip. Founded by Andrew Sasson and Andy Masi, The Light Group’s portfolio includes the management of over 25 food and beverage venues worldwide – five within the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, The Mirage Hotel & Casino and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Boutique hospitality innovators Morgans Hotel Group acquired a 90% stake in The Light Group in 2011. In its first of many partnerships with Morgans Hotel Group, The Light Group has introduced five new food and beverage outlets including its Italian eatery Bianca and nightlife venue FDR at the iconic Delano in South Beach. With several innovative projects underway, The Light Group will continue to expand and introduce new hospitality concepts worldwide. For more information please visitwww.lightgroup.com.
About ANDREW SASSON
Internationally renowned real estate developer and hospitality entrepreneur Andrew Sasson first gained prominence as a trendsetter in the high-end nightclub, lounge and restaurant industries. Sasson is co-founder of The Light Group, which manages over 25 food and beverage venues worldwide. Sasson currently sits on the Board of Directors for Morgans Hotel Group.
About AMY THOMSON
Amy Thomson is the President of ATM, a global music management and event producer managing global acts including Swedish House Mafia. Thomson is charged with the music policy, marketing and creative direction of the revolutionary nightlife concept for The Light Group at Mandalay Bay. After serving as Creative Director of Ministry of Sound at 21, Thomson later formed her own company in 1999. In 2011 she took on a Consultant role to The Yucaipa Companies, advising on asset purchases and marketing in the youth culture and entertainment space. In 2012 she and SuzAnn Brantner formed Conception, a marketing company promising a new way of thinking, which is marketing LIGHT with her.
About MANDALAY BAY
Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort, is set on 120 lush acres featuring the award-winning Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand and the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas destination. In 2013, Mandalay Bay will become home to a resident Cirque du Soleil production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. In 2014, THEhotel, a stand-alone all-suite hotel at Mandalay Bay will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).