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DJ Wars photos: Aoki at Wet, Laidback Luke at Hakkasan, Will.I.Am at EBC and Connor Cruise at Liquid

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Laidback Luke at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Sunday, April 28, 2013.

Will.I.Am Spins at Encore Beach Club

Will.I.Am spins at Encore Beach Club on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Connor Cruise and Andy Caldwell at Liquid Pool Lounge

Connor Cruise at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Aoki Splash Vegas at Wet Republic

Steve Aoki debuts Launch slideshow »

Laidback Luke at Hakkasan: 4/28/13

Laidback Luke at Hakkasan Las Vegas in MGM Grand on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
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Believe it or not, there were other DJs at play this weekend in The Entertainment Capital of the World, and not all the action was centered on the grand opening of Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand — OK, much of it was, including a star-studded grand opening Saturday night.

But away from the new Angel Management Group hotspot:

The Black Eyed Peas star Will.I.Am has become a regular resident DJ at Steve Wynn’s hotels, and his BEP pal Apl.de.Ap turned up for his set in front of a capacity crowd at Encore Beach Club. Playboy Playmates Ashley Doris (Miss March 2013) and Jaslyn Ome (Miss April 2013) and New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma joined the fun in the sun.

Connor Cruise, son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, took over the DJ booth at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria and invited friend and fellow spin doctor Andy Caldwell into the DJ booth — the duo entertained the packed pool all day long.

At MGM’s Wet Republic, Steve Aoki unveiled his exclusive daytime party “Aokify Splash Vegas,” and Tiesto and Will.I.Am joined in the revelry. Steve began twisting the turntables at 3 p.m. Sunday and continuing into the early evening. At one point, he jumped onto an inflatable raft and crowd surfed atop his fans while spraying them with champagne. He also jumped atop the DJ booth with a large cake and selected a pool partygoer to toss the cake to in the crowd.

Back at Hakkasan, the action-packed grand-opening weekend wrapped early Monday with Laidback Luke as the Dutch music producer and DJ debuted his party series “Revolt.” At 1:30 a.m., he took over the decks and spun to thousands of partygoers and said: “Hakkasan Las Vegas is an experience beyond anyone’s imagination.

“What I’m doing at Hakkasan will be different from anything my fans have seen or heard from me, and I’m very excited to be able to celebrate and share this explosive series of events. ‘Revolt’ is a new time ready to happen.” The crowd included Ed Sheeran, Taylor Hicks and Apl.de.Ap.

In non-DJ news, music royal Prince attracted sell-out crowds for his four performances at The Joint in The Hard Rock Hotel, and the audience included comedians Josh Wolf, Chris Franjola, Jeff Wild and Steve Marmalstein of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and “After Lately.”

Big Boi, one half of the award-winning duo OutKast, took over the main stage at Pure at Caesars Palace for a performance. It was after 1 a.m. Sunday when the rapper performed a mini-concert that included “The Way You Move” and “So Fresh, So Clean.”

The party scene would have been even wilder if the planned opening of Light at Mandalay Bay had happened on schedule, but construction delays have postponed that until Memorial Day Weekend, when the fallout of the early salvos fired in the DJ Wars begin to be realized.

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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