Insomniac is now a majority owner of Miami’s iconic Club Space

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Insomniac is now a majority owner of Miami’s iconic Club SpaceInsomniac Club Space Announce Photo Left To Right Matt Teper David Sinopoli Pasquale Rotella Coloma Kaboomsky Davide Danese July 2019 Hi RES

Worldwide events powerhouse Insomniac have announced it has acquired an ownership stake in legendary Miami dance music institution Club Space.

All current management and operations of Space will remain the same, but this partnership will ensure the revered club, known for its days-long parties, will have a long-standing future in a market that is seeing many clubs of similar status being closed, including Brooklyn’s Output and Denver’s Beta.

“Space is one of the most iconic dance music venues in the US if not the world, and I’m excited that Insomniac is now a partner,” says Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella. “Davide, Coloma and Sinopoli have done an exceptional job revitalizing this venue to be better than it’s ever been. They are passionate people that care about creating experiences, and share the same core values that Insomniac lives by. The Space Invaders team will still be running the show and together we will set the bar for entertainment in Miami. Space is another important piece of the Insomniac vision coming together.”

“The Space Invaders” to which Rotella is referring are Davide Danese, Coloma Kaboomsky, and David Sinopoli who took over management of Space in 2016. Since their arrival, the club has been completely revitalized, offering some of the most memorable parties in the US.

From Dirtybird‘s epic annual takeover during Miami Music Week, to marathon extended sets from Dixon and a slew of other veteran selectors, Club Space maintains one of the strongest reputations in Miami. Now with Insomniac, the scope of their parties will only expand.

“Our Space Invaders team is excited about this partnership with Insomniac,” says Sinopoli. “We have admired their work for a while now, and over the past year have gotten to know everyone on their team. They are young, creative, and most importantly, their focus is on constantly working to provide the best possible experience for their guests.

“We have worked tirelessly over the past three years to renew the energy inside Club Space and maintain a calm, safe environment while curating a space where people can enjoy a wide range of entertainment. Our Space Invaders team will continue to book the music and operate the club exactly as we have been. We believe that through this relationship with Insomniac we can continue to grow and secure our home at Space with a partner who has an aligned vision of the future of the Miami music scene.”

While Ultrais certainly still the event most synonymous with Miami— especially now that the festival’s contract with Bayfront Park is renewed— Insomniac’s presence has been growing in Florida as of late. With Live Nation at their back, Insomniac managed a sold out EDC Orlando 2018 and will expand the event to three days in 2019. It will be the first three-day EDC ever hosted outside of Las Vegas. Now with Insomniac’s ownership of Club Space, the company has is successfully cementing itself in one of the country’s most beloved party meccas.

Tiësto and John Christian team up on new festival single ‘Can You Feel It’

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Tiësto and John Christian team up on new festival single ‘Can You Feel It’Tiesto Jordan Lloyd

It’s hard to know what to expect with new Tiësto releases. The artist has released everything from collaborations with mainstream pop artists to uplifting trance to big room and festival-ready tracks. The veteran producer is back with a new release, this time in the form of a festival-ready hit titled “Can You Feel It” in collaboration with up-and-comer John Christian. The duo previously collaborated on a single, “Scream.” The building beat utilizes synths sonically similar to those used in the ’90s and early ’00s. A twirling melody and echoing vocals layered on top of the track’s constant build then release into a hectic drop that’s perfect for a main stage performance.

Last year Tiësto released an EP spread out over five days during Miami Music Week, leaving fans wondering whether he’s up to similar antics this year. Despite having only released “Can You Feel It” within the past week, Tiësto is now teasing not one but two new releases on his Twitter. One of the forthcoming tracks—a song with previous collaborator Mesto—will be released March 29. He is also teasing a collaboration with Alchemist which will be “coming soon.”

Photo credit: Jordan Loyd

Eric Prydz cancels all Miami performances, cites medical condition

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Eric Prydz cancels all Miami performances, cites medical conditionEric Prydz 2016

On Tuesday evening March 26, Eric Prydz officially announced cancellation of all his appearances in Miami including his sold-out Wynwood Factory Pryda show and headlining slots at Ultra Music Festival. In what began as mere speculation, Prydz’s eventual cancellation progressed from the removal of his Wynwood show from the venue website to actual confirmation.

One of the most highly anticipated acts for both MMW and Ultra, Prydz’s absence will be felt, his announcement coming as a shock to many. He posted on Twitter both apologizing and relaying a message concerning “an acute medical condition”.

Pryda ticket-holders will receive refunds and a free week-long pass for pre-midnight entry to Wynwood shows. Prydz was slotted to play a back-to-back with Adam Beyer at Ultra’s new Resistance Island on Friday as well as the ASOT stage on Sunday. With only days left before the festival, the line-up situation for who will fill the gap left by the Swedish veteran still remains unclear, although his presence will surely be missed.

Ultra Records releases ‘ULTRA Music Festival 2019’ compilation album, featuring ZHU, Black Coffee, Louis The Child, and more

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Ultra Records releases ‘ULTRA Music Festival 2019’ compilation album, featuring ZHU, Black Coffee, Louis The Child, and moreRukes Ultra 2016 Purple

Whether listeners will be basking in the Miami sun, or alternatively watching Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival unfold from a distance, Ultra Records ensures that electronic aficionados won’t need to shuffle incessantly to find the songs sure to keep the energy going, from dusk to dawn. Cue—or rather, queue—Ultra Records’ ULTRA Music Festival 2019, a diverse collection of 16 cuts from a selection of top-billed artists, all of which will take the decks at the festival’s 21st iteration, from March 29-31.

With appearances from ZHU, Black Coffee, Louis The Child, SNBRN, Flosstradamus, Hot Since 82, and a wealth of other respected acts, the compilation encompasses the range of genre and sound evident represented on this year’s lineup. In its engagement of an array of different sub-genres and sonic styles, ULTRA Music Festival 2019 is evidence of the electronic inclusivity that has long contributed to Ultra’s status as the world’s premiere electronic music festival.

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019

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Dancing Astronaut’s Guide to Miami Music Week 2019Miami Music 1

Between Ultra Music Festival, Winter Music Conference, and the disorienting litany of poolside affairs throughout Miami Music Week, it’s easy to feel a little dazed, and a lot confused if you’re headed down to Miami this week. Don’t waste any more time poring over event flyers because Dancing Astronaut has lined up the best of the best for the 2019 chapter of what is feasibly the most essential week in the electronic music macrocosm. From Skrillex to smooth house, Dirtybird beats to plush poolside pop, we’ve got you covered.

Words/selects by Bella Bagshaw & Alex Krinsky


Brownies and Lemonade:

Where: Mana Wynwood Warehouse

When: March 28

Skipping Skrillex and Boys Noize‘s rendezvous under their Dog Blood joint alias would be a glaring oversight on any attendee’s Miami Music Week agenda. But the duo is just one of the active ingredients to this resplendent after-hours recipe, with Anna Lunoe hopping back-to-back with A-Trak, and Whethan, What So Not, and more for supplemental sweetness. Tickets to the show, running 10 pm-4 am March 28, are available here.

Monstercat Uncaged: 

Where: SQL Miami

When: March 31

Cat’s out’a the cage, as Canada’s premier electronic hub, Monstercat, heads to Miami—with an abundance of sharp-toothed talent in tow. Head to SQL March 31 from 10 pm-5 am to catch Kill Paris, Pegboard Nerds, RIOT, Pixel Terror, and more. Tickets available here.

No Sugar Added:

Where: The Sagamore Hotel

When: March 30

No Sugar Added—but ingratiating nonetheless—Miami-bound folk would be remiss to duck out on the 10-year anniversary of this yearly Diskolab staple. This year quarterbacked by Kaskade, Kayzo, Audien, Deorro, and Benny Benassi, the RC Cola Plant-held blowout jolts to the top of the 30+-party Diskolab agenda throughout the course of the week. Tickets to No Sugar Added, going down Saturday, March 30 from 10 pm to 5 am, are available here.

Repopulate Mars:

Where: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

When: March 29

Let tech-house take over Friday, March 29 while Chicago’s landmark Hot Creations label founder, Lee Foss and gang (MK, Max Chapman, Detlef, Huxley, and more) conquer the EPIC Hotel pool. From noon to 11 pm, catch this cosmic clan of four-on-the-floor stalwarts posted poolside, with an array of special guests scheduled to shake things up. Advance tickets are sold out, but a select number of tickets will be available at the door; so head over early.

Masquerade Miami w/ Claptone WMC 2019 x EPIC Pool Parties:

Where: Kimpton EPIC Hotel

When: March 30

Head to the 16th floor of the EPIC Hotel Saturday with a bathing suit and of course your finest masquerade mask in hand for what is liable to be the best pool party of 2019. Claptone, Dennis Ferrer, Weiss, Franky Rizardo, and Mat.Joe will be soaking up any residual Vitamin D and throwing down restorative beats from noon to 11 pm. Tan lines are inevitable after this one. Grab a ticket here.

Space Yacht: Welcome Records:

Where: 3100 Wynwood

When: March 28

Head over to the launch pad, 3100 Wynwood, Thursday night for lift off at Space Yacht’s Welcome Records party. Wander through the endless murals of Miami to find Wooli, Whipped Cream, 1788-L, Habstrakt, and more throwing it down from 10 pm until 7 am. Tickets to Space Yacht are on sale here.

Desert Hearts:

Where: Floyd

When: March 28

The Desert Hearts family will be congregating at Floyd at 11 pm Thursday at Floyd. This mind-melting set will have Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Rybo & Lubelski to care for you throughout the evening and set you on the right track for the weekend. Desert Hearts Showcase tickets are available here.

All Day I Dream – Miami Grooves:

Where: Delano South Beach

When: March 29

If by Friday you’re ready for a lucid daydream, saunter over to the The Delano Beach Club from 12PM to 11PM. The All Day I Dream crew will be hosting Lee Burridge, Bedouin, Hoj, and Newman. Guaranteed disco cabana vibes. Tickets are on sale here.

Dirtybird Players Miami:

Where: Club Space Miami

When: March 29

Space will without a doubt be popping all week but Friday night very well may be the best “motion of the ocean,” if you know what we’re saying. Dirtybird is taking over for Dirtybird Players, and in classic family fashion the whole crew will be bouncing about the terrace and loft from 11 pm to the sun sheds light on all the beautiful faces. Expect to see Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Walker & Royce, J. Philp, Steve Darko and more at this sold out sure-fire fun fest. Tickets are available here.

GET LOST Miami – 14th Session:

Where: Venue TBA

When: March 30

For 24 hours starting Saturday, March 30 at 5 am GET LOST will surely be the setting sun on Miami Music Week. With the location still yet to be announced, this one is for the troopers: the few who know they will never get enough. GET LOST will have an opening set by WIZARDRY (Damian Lazarus, DJ Tennis, and DJ Three), but that’s just the beginning; one can expect to see Diplo, Claude VonStroke, MK, Gorgon City, and many more. Grab tickets here.

Kick off Miami Music Week by reliving Swedish House Mafia’s reunion at Ultra Music Festival 2018 [Watch]

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Kick off Miami Music Week by reliving Swedish House Mafia’s reunion at Ultra Music Festival 2018 [Watch]Swedish House Mafia Ultra 2018 DA

Axwell, Steve Angello, and Sebastian Ingrosso inch closer to finally cementing their reunion Swedish House Mafia, that began a year ago. The trio will be embarking on their first tour together as a newly reunited group, so now is the perfect time to revisit the moment that brought them back together last year at Ultra Music Festival, ending a five year hiatus.

After months of speculation, Swedish House Mafia came out as the surprise closing headliners for the festival’s 2018 iteration, and the performance proved to be a worthy moment for not just fans of the group, but for the collective global dance music community. The set was full of the groups’ most beloved tracks as well as new IDs that have yet to be released in full. Relive the epic performance below as everyone prepares for Miami Music Week and the 2019 iteration of Ultra Music Festival.

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the year

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Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearMiami Music Week

Every year without fail, Miami Music Week draws some of the dance music’s strongest talent and most raucous crowds for its seven-day frenzy, this year notwithstanding. From Virtual Self‘s acclaimed Clubsystem set with support from Boys Noize to over 30 Diskolab hosted parties, including Green Velvet‘s curated La La Land series, showcases and special sets will run rampant from March 25-31. In addition to the omnipresent and immaculately curated live parties, the week also features the Winter Music Conference (WMC), which hosts industry-revered speakers and hot-button programming galore.

With a global array of DJ talent, producers, and multifarious talent from the music industry at large flocking to the city every year, the cultural significance of Miami Music Week simply can not be overstated. By reaching out to a spoonful of the week’s top performers, Dancing Astronaut was able to discover, from the artists themselves, why the event series is such an impactful celebration for electronic music patrons worldwide.

Tony of Above & Beyond:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the year9769 F2 Bw“Miami hosts the most concentrated, crazy, event-filled week in the year. What with Ultra, the conference, spring break, and all the shows around town it’s a unique chance to see anyone and everyone in the world of electronic dance music. It’s like the whole Ibiza season in a few days, a chance to escape the winter weather and dance in the sunshine, by the pool, on a boat or in a club. We’ve been doing our own shows in Miami for more than a decade now and they are always up there with the best of the year.”

Above & Beyond play Diskolab x Above & Beyond Miami 2019 on Thursday March 28th

Gorgon City:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearOGR2026
“We’ve been going to Miami music week for years. I actually first went when I was 19! It’s a crazy place with countless parties. There’s people from all over the world in one place and that’s what makes it so special and important. We can’t wait for this year as we’re playing some amazing events.”

Gorgon City play Diskolab x La La Land on Saturday March 30th

Riva Starr:

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“WMC time is when I get to meet all my DJ and industry friends in one place. No names attached to an email but real faces, being able to chat face to face about our world is priceless. It’s still one of the best windows to showcase your sound.”

Riva Starr plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! on Thursday March 28th

Green Velvet:

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“I have been going to the MMW since the ’90s. It is a longstanding tradition that marks the beginning of the festival season.”

Green Velvet Plays Diskolab x La La Land on Sat March 30th

La Fleur:

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“WMC, a week when everyone from all over the world comes together in sunny Miami for some of the best parties of the year. You never know where you’re going to end up, clubs, rooftops, pool parties, boat parties, the list goes on. Aside from the party atmosphere, it’s a valuable opportunity to discuss some of the hot topics and issues in the industry. There are few events throughout the year where the music world gets together, so we should make the most of them. For us Europeans, it’s also a valuable time of year for us to connect with fans, promoters, other artists, labels and industry professionals who are based over the pond that we might not necessarily get to see as often.”

La Fleur plays Pete Tong Pool Party on Thursday 28th at Surfcomber and Ultra Resistance on Saturday 30th.

Doorly:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearEp Fabric 2

“MMW is an institution for me. I have rarely missed it since first coming around 15 years ago. Literally everybody in house music is there somewhere or another and for a week Miami turns into this magical playground where the whole city becomes one big festival in what’s already one of the coolest cities on the planet.”

Doorly plays Diskolab x La La Land on Sat March 30th

James Zabiela:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearJames Zabiela 2019 Photo Credit Dan Medhurst 6309

“Although there are many electronic music conferences now, Miami is the original one for me and still relevant in that you will always discover a few electronic gems or maybe find some inspiration from a random set somewhere on South Beach. Ultra, of course, remains a great gateway for young new recruits to the electronic music scene especially with them investing so much into their Resistance brand of which I’m very fortunate to be a part of this year.”

James Zabiela plays Ultra Resistance on Sunday 31st

Hector Couto:

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“MMW is a hub for labels and all different types of artists and genres to congregate together. It’s definitely the place to be.”

Hector Couto plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! on Thursday March 28th

Danny Howard:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearMIK0628

“I think any event that brings together the world’s best DJs in one place at the same time, to connect with people on the dance-floor is a special moment, and Miami is one of those moments. However, Miami is the original showcase of our beloved dance music that’s rich in its heritage and legendary in its purpose. Miami Music Week is the time when we hear the music we’ll be dancing to all summer long.”

Danny Howard plays Diskolab x SOLA vs BLOW! On Thursday March 28th

Nathan Barato:

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“MMW still matters because it’s one of the best stretches of a week when you can hear hundreds of the world’s best DJs in a short amount of days. And, for the DJ community it’s a great time to meet, hang, inspire and even break new music.”

Nathan Barato plays Diskolab x elrow Miami on Saturday March 30th

Matthias Meyer:

Exclusive: Why Gorgon City, Green Velvet, and more believe Miami Music Week is one of the most important dance events of the yearMatthias Meyer By Marie Staggat 1

“MMW is one of the few times of the year that the music community comes together for a week of some of the best parties, networking, and just general good times. For me, as an artist it’s a chance to play at some super cool parties. This year I play Do Not Sit – always a good time. It’s also a chance to meet up with my friends from the industry who come to Miami from all around the world – there’s a good vibe in Miami that makes everyone a little wild.”

Matthias Meyer plays Diskolab x Do Not Sit By The Pool on Tue March 26th

Cassy:

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“Miami is still important because it’s not so important, so whoever is a hardcore fan or a lover of it will go. I meet so many people from around the world, and there is a combination of parties and acts you cannot see anywhere else. Miami is a party place, home to house music and house music artists, and so many parties and trends started there. I have been playing since around 2005, so it’s now a ritual for me, and very important to me personally. I’ve met and formed close friendships and partnerships over the years. I love it and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Pete Tong, and David Guetta’s alter ego Jack Back all curating MMW events at Basement Miami

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Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Pete Tong, and David Guetta’s alter ego Jack Back all curating MMW events at Basement MiamiCarl Co Space

Miami Music Week is so close we can taste it. The dance music world is preparing to descend on Miami for the annual week of revelry leading into Ultra Music Festival, and Basement Miami has put together a five-night lineup that simply should not be missed. Night by night from March 27 – 31, the programming duties at Basement will be helmed by some of electronic music’s most revered tastemakers, with Jamie Jones, Jack Back, Pete Tong, and Carl Cox all slated to perform at the Miami Beach club.

The Hot Creations night brings Jones, Erick Morillo, and David Berrie to the booth, while David Guetta‘s Jack Back alias has tapped MK, Claptone, and Amtrac. Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, and Clark Kent are also billed, making for one of the strongest collective lineups of the entire week.

See the full spread of talent performing at Basement for Miami Music Week and purchase tickets here.

New music from Dog Blood confirmed as pair prep for first ever warehouse show

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New music from Dog Blood confirmed as pair prep for first ever warehouse showDog Blood Live

With Miami Music Week just around the corner, festival season now officially feels like its in full swing. Dance music’s cream of the crop are headed to southern Florida for a week of events in the lead up to Ultra Music Festival, now at its new home, Virginia Key Beach Park. Amid the Miami Music Week festivities is Brownies & Lemonade‘s highly anticipated warehouse affair, headlined by Skrillex and Boys Noize reuniting as Dog Blood. Though, Dog Blood has never played a venue as small as a warehouse, and with the exception of one show, the pair haven’t performed together in half a decade. Fear not though, new music from the acidic super group is now confirmed to be underway, just in time for their Miami outing.

Dog Blood’s warehouse debut, also the duo’s first performance outside of a festival setting, will feature brand new material—confirming that a long rumored studio project from the pair is in the works. Boys Noize and Skrillex are joined by a stacked lineup including Anna Lunoe, A-Trak, What So Not, Whethan, and more. Brownies & Lemonade’s Miami Music Week event is set for Thursday, March 28. Tickets are available here.

 

Techyes is on its way to Miami – Anthony Attalla, Anime Edge & Dance, Lubelski, + surpise guests

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Techyes is on its way to Miami – Anthony Attalla, Anime Edge & Dance, Lubelski, + surpise guestsTechyes Miami Flyer

Techyes is here to set Miami ablaze. The beloved brand, now an East Coast institution for all things tech house, is coming back for its usual Miami Music Week jaunt. Ever the serious curators, Techyes dug under the surface to reveal a heavy slate of up-and-coming talent for its March 31 takeover at Dream South Beach. Lucati, Tim Baresko, Lubelski, RYBO, and OMNOM are a few of the next generation stalwarts featured on the billing—all of whom have been marked as ones to watch by the likes of DIRTYBIRD, Desert Hearts, Gruuv, and more. On the headlining end, Anthony Attalla will be making an appearance, as well as Anime Edge & Dance and Prok & Fitch. A special guest will be revealed as the show grows closer.

 

Grab tickets here