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The summer of KAOS in Las Vegas

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Damien Hirst’s, “Demon With Bowl.”

After one of the most hotly anticipated nightlife debuts in recent history, KAOS officially reigns in Las Vegas. Opening weekend of the dayclub/nightclub was a four-day, near-24/7 party—the type of scene you can only find in Las Vegas —and included some of the biggest performers and stars in the world.

If the first two weeks of KAOS are an indication of what’s to come, this pool season will be anything but ordinary. Here are some of the big takeaways from the new megaclub.

The art

Damien Hirst’s “Demon With Bowl” is the centerpiece of the dayclub, standing at 60 feet tall and towering above the main pool. The herculean statue is so dominant and striking, images of the bronze piece have already begun to serve as the de facto mascot of the unique space.

Hirst—who has sculptures featured throughout the Palms and designed an entire, $100,000 per night suite at the property—also features a secondary sculpture near the entrance of KAOS titled “The Warrior and the Bear.” Less gargantuan than “Demon With Bowl” but every bit as compelling, “The Warrior and the Bear” will likely be clubgoers first clue that this isn’t a typical dayclub.

The size

Big names, big statues, big pools, big clubs. The nightclub is 29,000 square feet, and the dayclub is 73,000 square feet with two central pools and 39 cabanas, most of which have their own private wading pools as well.

While KAOS has all but disappeared any remaining Ditch Friday ethos, the sheer size of the pool area remains.

Diverse lineup

A diverse lineup within the Las Vegas nightlife world is a relatively limited concept. EDM is typically the heavy-hitter, with pop and hip-hop peppered in, but overall, most clubs aren’t touting a wide range of genres. Until now.

KAOS has introduced what is possibly the most far-reaching and diverse performance lineup of any dayclub or nightclub in its class.

The complete list of resident performers includes: Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Bad Bunny, Brooks, Cardi B, Cheat Codes, Deadmau5, DJ Politik, DJ Vice, Eric Prydz, G-Eazy, Gorgon City, J Balvin, Jauz, Kaskade, Louis the Child, Marshmello, Ozuna, Skrillex, Slushii and Southside.

With a resident list that reads more like a festival lineup, the star power at KAOS is robust.

Upcoming acts

• April 18: F#%kin’ KAOS Thursdays with Marshmello (nightclub)

• April 19: Cheat Codes (dayclub)

• April 19: Kaskade (nightclub)

• April 20 Marshmello (dayclub)

• April 20 Deadmau5 (nightclub)

• April 21: Gorgon City (dayclub)

• April 25: F#%kin’ KAOS Thursdays with Bad Bunny (nightclub)


This story originally appeared in the Las Vegas Weekly.