Next Up: Jacob Banks Gives Soulful Performance, Tukker of Sofi Tukker Spins Tunes & More at W Hotel Las Vegas

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Mike Kirschbaum
Jacob Banks performs at Next Up: New Artists, New Music concert series at W Las Vegas. 

Guests who walked onto the fourth floor Wet Deck of W hotel in Las Vegas on Sept. 22 were greeted with a DJ set courtesy of Brittany Sky. From Lana Del Rey to Michael Jackson, the genre and decade-defying blend suited the sunny afternoon. 

Sky was the first to perform at Next Up: New Artists, New Music concert series, a partnership between Billboard and W Hotels that brings emerging musicians to New York, Las Vegas and Santiago, Chile. This event in particular kicked off Life Is Beautiful weekend in Vegas (Sept. 22-24). 

After guests snacked on mini ice cream cones, tacos and more while hanging in the cabanas and by the pool, Jacob Banks -- "the future of U.K. soul," as Pablo Henderson, director of brand and marketing at the W said -- took the stage. 

The U.K. singer delivered three tracks from his soulful R&B catalogue as a preview of his Saturday performance at the festival. Following his set, Tukker, of the duo Sofi Tukker, brought the event full circle with his own high-energy, bass booming DJ set, turning the rooftop space into an afternoon dance party. 

The Next Up: New Artists, New Music series will showcase a total of three artists with performances open to W Hotel insiders, members of the Starwood Preferred Guests rewards program and lucky fans selected through sweepstakes.

Check out this year's first Next Up show featuring Swedish singer-songwriter LEON here.