Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 | 3:14 a.m.
The EDM party Sensation’s “Ocean of White” washed over MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, and it was difficult to believe that the transformed venue housed the likes of Elton John, Muse, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Queen, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake just weeks ago during the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival.
Sensation turned MGM Grand Garden Arena into a visual spectacle with pyrotechnic effects, water fountains synchronized to EDM, oversized LED-lit jellyfish suspended from the ceiling, large and glowing mushroom-like balls and light effects and exhibitions.
And there was the music. The Las Vegas lineup of DJs — Mr. White, Sebastien Leger, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and Michael Woods — had the party going from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., although doors were open at 7, and security was serious about confiscating Chapstick and mascara.
Thousands of partygoers dressed in mandatory all-white attire, and it proved to be a great equalizer. White attire can be unforgiving in daylight, but in the glow of an EDM party, the women were eye candy, the men were guy candy, and everybody was out to have a great time.
Also a plus: VIP tables with bottle service, VIP areas for standing away from the packed general-admission floor and bleacher seating (this longtime journalist doesn’t mind being able to sit for a bit at any event). Comfort first.
Last year, Sensation boasted sold-out dates at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and 90 Sensation events for millions of partygoers in more than 20 countries, with stops including Amsterdam, Ibiza and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The EDM party, which began its first U.S. tour this year in Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena), before hitting Las Vegas, continues this weekend in Miami (American Airlines Arena) and wraps at Barclays Center.
The duo of James and Marciano told me post-Sensation: “It was amazing. If you think of Las Vegas and what it’s all about — being huge and all the glitz — then you’ll realize that Sensation is perfect for this city. We were really looking forward to this show, and it exceeded expectations.
“We play in Las Vegas quite often, so we already have a great bond with the fans. We thought the arena looked beautiful, and the fans really brought the party! We’d love to see Sensation return to MGM Grand Garden Arena.”
Agreed. Sensation was sensational.
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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