Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 | 1:23 a.m.
DJ Steve Aoki celebrated his early 36th birthday at Hakkasan Las Vegas on Sunday night, and his party included some 6,000 friends and fans at the mega-club at MGM Grand.
The soon-to-be 36-year-old (his birthday is Sunday) transformed the fourth-level main room of Hakkasan into his “Neon Future” party and pulled out all the stops for his spectacular soiree.
About 1:30 a.m., Aoki made his way to the DJ booth and began his set. Thirty minutes later, Hakkasan’s staff paraded around the DJ booth and presented Aoki with a four-tier birthday cake topped with a “Neon Future”-branded champagne bottle. Aoki placed the cake atop the DJ booth for all to see.
As the night continued, Aoki crowd surfed in his raft, sprayed revelers with champagne, threw cake at fans and blasted CO2 into the air with his custom-made CO2 guns. Nearing the end of his set, Aoki welcomed a special guest for an impromptu performance.
Ray Slijngaard, one half of the Dutch Eurodance duo 2 Unlimited — remember “Twilight Zone” and “Get Ready for This”? — jumped atop the DJ booth and performed for the crowd. (Aoki remixed “Get Ready for This” on 2 Unlimited’s greatest-hits album released this year.)
Aoki had Hakkasan dancing into the early hours of the morning as he closed out his set and continued the celebration with his guests at his VIP table. Thanks to Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.