Eclipse nighttime pool party at Mandalay Bay debuts with Axwell

The nightclub scene in Las Vegas has become the most amped-up game of one-upmanship in town.

Last month, Hakkasan nightclub opened at the MGM Grand. But that was so last month.

This Wednesday, the Light Group will open Eclipse — a 50,000-square-foot, nighttime pool party at Mandalay Bay.

And Eclipse’s debut performer is Axwell, also known as one-third of international hit-makers Swedish House Mafia.

The beach club is laid out “almost like an optical illusion,” says Colin Comer, a vice president at Light Group.

“When you walk in, it doesn’t seem overly big,” he says.

That’s because of a series of curves that make it feel intimate.

But then?

“When you look out over the stage you go, ‘Wow, this is huge,’ ” Comer says. “You look at the (concert) truss and the half-shell stage and you go ‘I’m here for an event.’ ”

Just to be clear about all of Light Group’s new properties at Mandalay Bay:

■ This Eclipse night pool party will be open every Wednesday night and on holidays, catering not just to tourists but to industry workers and locals.

■ That same pool club will serve as the location for Light’s new dayclub named Daylight Beach Club (starting May 24), and Daylight will be open Fridays-Mondays, for starters.

■ Also on May 24, Light Group will open its new Cirque du Soleil-themed nightclub Light inside Mandalay Bay (where rumjungle used to be).

All three of those clubs — Eclipse/Daylight/Light — will feed off of the same roster of resident DJs, including:

Skrillex, A-Trak, Zedd, Axwell, Bassjackers, Alesso, Andy Caldwell, Baauer, Carl Kennedy, Clockwork, Krewella, Mat Zo, Nicky Romero, Otto Knows, Sebastian Ingrosso and Thomas Gold.

Comer says Light Group is trying to make venues friendly to revelers, whether they buy a table or arrive via general admission.

“Either way, we’re trying to make the experience as pleasant as possible, and not dealing with bull,” he says.

That includes (theoretically) easy parking. Valet for Eclipse/Daylight will be right off Las Vegas Boulevard next to the Four Seasons.

“That’s good for locals,” Comer says. “Sometimes, you go somewhere and you have to park and walk a mile away to get there. For us, you pull right up to valet and you’re there.”

The new Light nightclub should be easy to get to, too, since the line forms there the moment you walk into Mandalay Bay from the parking garage (or The Hotel’s valet).

The overall idea is for the new Light Group spots to feel upscale and sophisticated but accessible enough to let loose.

So Light Group really wants people to see Eclipse when it launches this week.

“Seeing the club for the first time, no matter what, will be a powerful experience. But seeing it under the stars with that production will take it to the next level,” Comer says.

If you go, club executives want you to notice Eclipse’s half-shell stage, with its massive lighting rig and sound setup, because it was made for concerts and patterned off of a popular DJ concert stage in Ibiza.

Comer says the Eclipse stage proves how different this venue is than other nighttime pool parties in Vegas, because Eclipse/Daylight was designed first as a club — whereas other pool parties on the Strip started as pools and were retrofitted as club spaces.

“When Daylight was conceived and built, it was inspired by these iconic nighttime pool parties in Ibiza,” Comer says.

So naturally, there will be light-emitting diode screens and other crazy visuals, plus production costumes designed by David and Cathy Guetta’s designer.

Each new Light Group space was built with input from DJs, who offered ideas about everything from the height of the DJ booth to the layout of stages.

And the DJs persuaded Light Group to build them a little something extra: a green room at Light for pre- and post-performance hanging, with a video feed so DJs can watch the debauchery in comfort.

Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at He blogs at

This "Alice in Wonderland" cocktail changes colors and flavors while you sip
Take a tour of The Underground at The Mob Museum
Prince death investigation coming to an end
Prosecutors in Minnesota plan an announcement Thursday on the two-year investigation into Prince's death from a drug overdose Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. An autopsy found he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl. Search warrants unsealed about a year after Prince died showed that authorities searched his home, cellphone records of associates and his email accounts to try to determine how he got the drug. The county attorney has scheduled a morning announcement at which time charges could be filed.
Art Bell’s Top 10 Shows
A selection of radio host Art Bell’s most popular shows.
Big Bounce America visits North Las Vegas
Billing itself as "the biggest bounce house in the world," Big Bounce America visits Craig Ranch Regional Park in Las Vegas.
David Copperfield in court after man injured during magic trick
The attorney for a British man who is suing illusionist David Copperfield said his client suffered serious injuries after being called on stage during Copperfield's show at MGM Grand.
Disneyland debuts new foods for Pixar Fest on Friday
Pixar Fest takes place ahead of California Adventure’s Pixar Pier expansion. (Janna Karel/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Sneak Peek at New Decorations, Merch and Parade for Disneyland's Pixar Fest
Las Vegas Philharmonic celebrates 20th anniversary season
Orchestra’s 2018-19 season features premiere, more (Carol Cling/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Downtown Las Vegas' newest bar is a reggae lounge
Jammyland serves island-inspired cocktails. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
5 things connecting Las Vegas and Marilyn Monroe
1. Marilyn Monroe, known then as Norma Jeane, obtained her first divorce in Las Vegas at the age of 20 on September 13, 1946. 2. According to some biographers, Monroe lived at 604 S. 3rd Street for four months during the summer of 1946. The house has since been torn down and is now the site of a parking lot. 3. In 1954, Monroe almost married Joe DiMaggio in Las Vegas but the wedding was called off last minute. The wedding was to be held at the Hotel El Rancho Vegas which was located on the southwest corner of Sahara Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard. 4. Las Vegas has at least one road dedicated to the star. Marilyn Monroe Avenue is located in east Las Vegas and intersects with Betty Davis Street and Cary Grant Court. 5. There are currently more than 20 Marilyn Monroe impersonators for hire in the Las Vegas Valley.
This boozy milkshake is big enough to share with seven of your best friends
Fiddlestix makes an "8 Man Milkshake" that's packed with alcohol. (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Five Chris Stapleton songs you need to hear
D. Michael Evola opened E-String to make New York style pizza
Shamrock Macarons at Morels at Palazzo
Zuma serves a sushi roll topped with 24-karat gold
La Cirque covers their quail and foie gras in real gold
Jean-Georges Steakhouse seves chocolate gold bars
3 ways you can eat gold in Las Vegas
Artist Kathleen Nathan On The Virtues Of Library Galleries
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s art galleries offers artists a more relaxed vibe for showing their work. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada SPCA Competes In Tournament Of Tails
The NSPCA and its mascot cat, Prince, are competing in an online voting challenge for a $5,000 grand prize.
Red carpet at MGM for Dan Reynolds Believer screening
Kats on the red carpet for the VIP screening of "Believer," the documentary by Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds about how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members.
Eureka's cocktail comes with a "buzz button" that will shock your taste buds
‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film Confirmed
‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film Confirmed Deadline reports that New Line has purchased Chase and Lawrence Konner’s screenplay for their “Sopranos” prequel film. The working title for the prequel is “The Many Saints of Newark.” Chase created the HBO series, which ran for six seasons, and Konner served as a writer. “The Many Saints of Newark” is set during the 1960s riots in the New Jersey city between the African-American and Italian communities. Multiple characters from the series, albeit younger versions, are expected to star in the film. The Sopranos won 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards during its run.
The Big Bounce America is coming to the Las Vegas Valley
The Big Bounce America. (Courtesy Big Bounce America)
The 90th Oscars Were the Least Watched in History
The 90th Oscars Were the Least Watched in History According to The Hollywood Reporter, 26.5 million watched the Oscars, a 20 percent drop from last year. The 26.5 million viewers would be an all-time low for the Oscars. Overnight returns had the lengthy ABC telecast averaging a 18.9 rating among households between 8 and 11 p.m. ET. Last year, 32.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the ceremony. The previous low for viewership was 32 million viewers in 2008 when Jon Stewart was host. The Shape of Water picked up an award for Best Picture, while Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand won Best Actor and Actress, respectively.
March First Friday theme is “Think”
First Friday art, culture, music and food event takes place on the first Friday of every month in and around the studios and galleries of the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon)
Cirque’s One Night for One Drop gets ready for the big night
Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” performed a dress rehearsal for the annual benefit show. This year’s show at Mandalay Bay is based on the life of singer-songwriter Jewel. K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal
The Kosher Experience provides kosher foods to Las Vegas families
2018-19 Broadway Las Vegas at The Smith Center
Ten touring productions are on The Smith Center’s 2018-19 Broadway Las Vegas season schedule. (The Smith Center)
News Headlines
Local Spotlight
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like