Psycho Las Vegas is a music festival that takes place yearly in Las Vegas, Nevada. The resort where it is held is taken over entirely for the various concerts, making Psycho Las Vegas unique. It is organized by Psycho Entertainment, a company that’s responsible for pioneering this type of event format.
The festival is a relatively new one that was started in 2016. It was initially held in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It has now been shifted to the sprawling Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, because of the rate at which it has grown in a short time.
Psycho Las Vegas is known for its diverse lineups that feature music from many different genres, including electronica, black metal, and indie rock. Chart-topping national and international artists travel to Las Vegas to be a part of the event. Notable past performances include sets by Triumph of Death, Beach House, Opeth, Mogwai, The Hellacopters, Magic Sword, Godflesh, and Temple of Void.
More than 70 artists perform on four stages that are set up at different parts of the venue. Psycho has expanded into a musical extravaganza that fans from all over the country and the world travel to be a part of in Nevada. Pack your swimsuit and favorite music t-shirts into your Sprinter or motorhome and head to Las Vegas. This visitor-friendly community offers plenty of places to camp nearby.
Patrons can choose between three-day General Admission Weekender tickets or High Roller VIP passes. In the last few years, tickets have ranged in price from around $200 (Weekender General Admission Pass) to $500 (High Roller VIP pass). A tiered pricing strategy is followed, so it's best to purchase your Psycho Las Vegas tickets early.
VIP passes offer perks like exclusive merchandise, private pre-parties, separate VIP lines, exclusive viewing areas, and many others. Payment plans are available for both the General Admission and VIP tickets. The festival is free for children aged three and younger.
The festival takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, which is on the southern end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. If you’re arriving via Interstate 15, you’ll find it between W. Russel Boulevard and W. Hacienda Avenue. Once you near the venue, you’ll be able to spot it. Las Vegas Boulevard runs along the casino grounds to the east and parallels with Interstate 15 on the west side.
While there is plenty of parking available at Mandalay Bay, only some of it is reserved for Psycho Las Vegas festival-goers. These spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make your reservation well in advance. Traffic on the Strip can be difficult to navigate, especially on weekends, so avoid driving your RV to the area. Park it at your campsite and use public transport to get to the venue.
Buses operated by The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) run frequently in the area. If you choose to take a bus, you may walk for about 15 minutes to get to the venue. The Las Vegas Free Tram also runs between Mandalay Bay and other nearby locations.
Psycho Las Vegas does not offer onsite camping options. But you’ll find plenty of options for every budget close to the strip. If you’re a nature lover and would prefer to get away from the crowds, there are a couple of good options further away as well.
RV and camping enthusiasts from all over the country flock to Las Vegas for its unparalleled entertainment options and outdoor attractions. Las Vegas KOA At Sam's Town is less than ten miles away and offers fully equipped sites. There is even a casino on site and a free shuttle service to the strip. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park may also attract your attention just 20 miles to the west. In addition, Las Vegas is loaded with private campgrounds, even as close as five miles from the Mandalay Bay Resort.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is spread out over 120 acres. The music performances take place at the Events Center, Mandalay Bay Beach, the House Of Blues and, the Rhythm & Riffs Lounge. Although all the concerts are held within the resort, there may be quite a bit of walking involved. Pavement is hot in Las Vegas in August, so have at least one pair of shoes with thick soles to avoid feeling the heat. Patrons with disabilities can get around using wheelchairs and scooters.
It’s going to be pretty hot, so dress for the weather in lightweight, breathable fabrics. Leave the heels behind and opt for comfortable flat shoes instead. It’s a good idea to carry a change of clothing in your backpack in case you get particularly sweaty. There will also be plenty of festival and band merchandise available for purchase.
Take a small bag or backpack with your daytime essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm, breath mints, a refillable water bottle, and a portable charger. Your backpack is likely to be searched multiple times due to the increased security measures in place. Joining the Psycho Swim activities? Don't forget your swimwear and waterproof sunblock.
It’s essential to stay hydrated, especially if you're not used to the dry Las Vegas Heat. Drink plenty of water even if you’re not particularly thirsty. Outside alcohol will not be permitted, and smoking will be allowed only in the designated smoking areas. Stay close to your group and keep your cell phone charged at all times.
Pick up supplies on your way back to your campsite with local selections that may be new to you, or load your RV kitchen shelves with your preferences before you arrive in Las Vegas. Stock up on fresh produce, meat, and spices and cook your favorite dishes over a roaring campfire. Always check with your camp manager before lighting an open fire as burn bans are known to occur in August.
Las Vegas is famous for its world-class restaurants and bars. From Michelin-starred establishments to hole-in-the-wall diners and everything in between, the city has much to offer hungry music fans. If you have the time, drive to some of the less well-known restaurants away from the strip where you’ll find unexpectedly delicious food.
Psycho fans will encounter no shortage of delicious food within Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It is home to a number of restaurants serving up everything from high-end french cuisine to melt in the mouth cheeseburgers. Keep in mind that the food available onsite can be pricey but delicious. Go prepared with a card and cash.
Security measures at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino have been advanced in recent years. Top of the line techniques and procedures will be enforced on all the days of the event. Expect a bag check before entry to the various festival sites. Some regulations may be in effect that coincide with the resort's standard operations even though Psycho Las Vegas encompasses the grounds.
Las Vegas can be swelteringly hot in the summertime, with daytime temperatures hitting three digits. Stay out of the harsh sun during the day and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. The nights are much more pleasant. Be sure to check the event’s social media pages for weather and road alerts before driving to the area.
Medical services will be available onsite during the event. You can approach one of the festival staff members if you or someone you know require assistance. Wheelchairs and scooters will be available for rent at the venue. Patrons with disabilities can book these by contacting the resort in advance. Drug store and emergency room services are present within the community of Las Vegas.