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The hottest musical events planned in Vegas in the coming 12 months

800px-Bellagio_Las_Vegas_2011Las Vegas is the ultimate destination for live music experiences. Since even before the days when

Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack ruled this city, Las Vegas has been synonymous with the most lavish

musical concerts in the world. For a singer or a band, playing in Vegas signifies that you’ve made it.

Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas residency defined him as the “king” of rock n’ roll, but these days, Vegas

plays host to a far broader range of contemporary sounds than you might imagine.

Top venues

The biggest stars will pack out legendary venues such as Caesars Palace or the MGM Grand Garden

Arena, but some of the most interesting shows take place at smaller locations such as The Sayers

Club or House of Blues. The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan hosts outdoor shows from early

spring to late fall, while the Hard Rock Hotel has two venues, The Joint and the more intimate Vinyl.

The Double Down Saloon hosts punk bands such as The Distillers and TSOL, while the Bunkhouse

Saloon promises the best in contemporary country. Meanwhile, true Vegas insiders head for The Beat

Coffeehouse & Records, where up-and-coming local acts take to the floor in a low-key, unpretentious


Dance the night away

If you want the full, glitzy Vegas experience, however, head for the Las Vegas Strip, dominated by

Wynn Las Vegas and the neighboring Encore casino and resort. With his latest nightclub XS, Steve Wynn has hit new heights of luxury even by Vegas standards. With state-of-the art lighting in gold

chandeliers, and a balcony overlooking the packed but expansive dancefloor, XS is really the ultimate

in bling, with a sound system and a reputation to match. Little wonder that it’s a home from home for

EDM’s superstar DJ and producer Skrillex, who returns for hotly-anticipated shows on September 7th

and November 1st 2015.

Recommended gigs

The hot ticket in September is the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The

first show, on September 18th, features The Who, Kanye West, Coldplay and Sam Smith, while the

following night sees Janet Jackson, Fall Out Boy and Nick Jonas take to the stage, among others.

Fans of 90s college rock will want to see The Lemonheads up close and personal at The Sayers Club

on September 23rd, while Counting Crows play the Boulevard Pool on October 3rd, supported by

Citizen Cope. Garbage play the same venue on October 10th, while you can get ready for Halloween

with the dark industrial grooves of Skinny Puppy at the Hard Rock Hotel on October 30th.

Reformed British dream pop legends Ride play at House of Blues on November 10th, and at the end

of the year, Mötley Crüe play the MGM Grand on December 27th. Maroon 5 see the year out with

shows at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 30th and 31st.

2016 is currently dominated by big names such as Olivia Newton-John, Celine Dion, and Jenifer

Lopez, but there are sure to be some fantastic rock and alternative shows announced before too long.

Whatever your tastes, Vegas is sure to provide you with a musical experience you’ll remember for the

rest of your life.