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Wynn’s Art of the Wild adds another day, along with new artists and parties

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The fifth installment of Wynn Nightlife’s Art of the Wild weekend takeover will be the biggest yet, running for four days and nights—up from three—at XS and Encore Beach Club. The innovative mini-festival created in partnership with Framework will continue its tradition of bringing new themed events and musical artists to the Las Vegas Strip for the first time.

Art of the Wild launched La Selva, a jungle party inspired by all-night ragers in Tulum, last year, and that bash will close the festivities this time, March 21 at XS, featuring Gordo, the house music alias of Guatemalan-American DJ and producer Carnage.

“Gordo is really that type of music we feature at Art of the Wild, more of an underground house and techno sound,” says Jon Fong, Wynn Nightlife’s director of brand and event marketing. “It was a great fit for him starting that last year and bringing his new brand to the forefront with the fourth day this year.”

Noise-making party brands like CircoLoco and elrow are back, and two new events will add even more diversity to the mix—Diplo’s Higher Ground and Gorgon City’s Realm.

“We had [Gorgon City] last year as a support act during the elrow party, and we have them headlining their own branded party,” Fong says. “We have Diplo as a resident DJ, and when he comes, he plays his traditional hip-hop, reggaeton set, very Diplo-style. Now, Art of the Wild gives him another platform to expand in another direction he wants to go.”

Returning fan favorites from past events include Rüfüs Du Sol, Damian Lazarus and Claptone. New sounds will come from Art of the Wild debut artists Artbat, a Ukrainian duo that mixes big room sonics with melodic house and techno; Maceo Plex, a Cuban-American producer and DJ from Texas specializing in layered deep house and electro; and WhoMadeWho, the Copenhagen-based experimental pop act from guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg, singer and bassist Tomas Høffding and drummer Tomas Barfod.

As always, the only-at-Wynn music will be complemented by fully produced, diversely decorated club environments with otherworldly accents.

“You’re going to find that every party looks completely different, and we’re extending the hours,” Fong says. “We usually close around 4 a.m.; for Art of the Wild we’ll try to stay open until 6 a.m. or even past that. The people that come for this travel internationally, and they’re used to seeing these artists and branded parties in that type of environment, so we want to make that happen here as well.”

Here’s the latest lineup for Art of the Wild, though you never know when additional special guests might pop in.

MARCH 18

Higher Ground at Encore Beach Club with Diplo, Claptone, DJ Tennis, Anden, Cole Knight

CircoLoco at XS with Chloe Caillet, Damian Lazarus, Maceo Plex, Mathame

MARCH 19

Elrow at Encore

Beach Club with Meduza, Eli & Fur, Mason Collective, Bastian Bux

Rüfüs Du Sol at XS with WhoMadeWho, Fiin

MARCH 20

Realm at Encore Beach Club with Gorgon City, Hayden James, Franky Wah

Animale at XS with Artbat, Yotto, Kimonos, Airrica

MARCH 21

La Selva at XS with Gordo, Dubfire

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