The Canadians are coming! Exodus Music Festival started when a group of people crossed the cold Canadian border to the American desert of Las Vegas to let loose. It has since then become a traditional trip that takes place one weekend before Memorial Day to celebrate the Canadian Memorial holiday. Now, six years later here we are leaving the peach state to party with the Canadians! (No you do not have to be Canadian to go to this festival)
One thing we adore about music festivals is the instant connection people make with each other. It’s all about the love of the music. There’s no judging, its “instalove” from hello. Everyone we met was so friendly and excited to be there. Vegas has a way of bringing together the most beautiful people from all over the world looking for a good time. Mix beautiful good people with even more amazing DJ’s and awesome music and you’ve got yourself an experience of a lifetime.
The line up for this 5-day festival is ridiculous! And a VIP All Access Pass is extremely affordable as far as festivals go. Thursday was opening night at Hakkassan with the legendary Tiesto. Hakkassan is a staple venue in Vegas and the largest with 5 levels accessible by elevators. There seemed to be 10 different lines to get into the venue all with different requirements but thankfully we had the all access passes and didn’t have to wait. With the confetti blowing down from the ceiling, CO2 cannons cooling off the heat and the gorgeous bottle girls keeping the liquor flowing, it felt like it was our birthday. When Tiesto entered the DJ booth the crowd went crazy. The type of crazy you go when you want to show a legend respect by screaming at the top of your lungs. There was one guy in our section that we fell in love with. He danced non-stop and most of the night his eyes were closed while doing so. That’s how we know the music took over him. In his mind he was probably dancing in a whole other amazing world filled with beautiful colors and flavors.
The next day pretty much blended into the first considering we went to sleep at 7am. The Friday party at Drai’s Beach Club (pictured above) took place on top of the Cromwell Hotel. Bikini babes and washboard ab men filled the pool, cabanas, and jacuzzi. Day partying is probably our favorite thing to do. While we love to get dressed up, relaxing to Norman Cruz’s set in a bikini and barefoot without the pain of high heels sounds awesome! The view from the rooftop over Vegas was beautiful from the party. The night party was held at Omnia, a rather new addition to the strip. Walking into Omnia is like entering new unchartered land. The first thing you notice is the unbelievable 22,000 pound moving chandelier hanging from the ceilings. From all three levels of the club you can see the eight oval rings dance to the music. Armin Van Buren is such a fun DJ to watch. He is always having a great time and engages with the crowd. Actually, he engaged with the entire building this night with a Myo armband that controlled all the lighting and sound. Now that is what we call crowd control!
Day Three’s Day Party was at Wet Republic in the MGM Hotel and Casino. Calvin Harris is a staple at any EDM music festival so a packed house, or pool we should say, was expected.
The pool parties are a nice time to regroup and get ready for the night to come. Tiesto has a two night residency at Hakkassan and it was interesting to see if his set would be any different from the first night. Like we said before, Vegas brings people from all over the world every night. This night was a whole new crowd and an even more exciting show. Considering he has played DJ for people all over the world it is awesome to be part of that experience.
Sunday Funday! The fourth day of debauchery started with Disclosure at Daylight Day Club. They have an elevated stage so you are able to see the artists from anywhere in the pool, cabanas or bungalows. The two brothers from the UK graced the stage at sunset and kept the party going at level 10. Again, we think the pool parties are the most fun to bring in the summer. That night Zedd was at XS for the Sunday Night swim. Zedd has a catalogue of number one hits that seems to be endless. I mean adding Selena Gomez to your list of artists you’ve worked with has to mean something. Disney is where it’s at! Haha
Exodus was awesome and has potential to keep growing even bigger. We recommend you have a pre-memorial party weekend next year with the Canadians. Just remember that what happens in Exodus Vegas…. Ends up in the Peach Review!