Miami Music Week — the largest dance music industry event in America, and the world. In addition to the Winter Music Conference, which takes place that week, a plethora of outside club events dominate the city that culminate into Ultra Music Festival at its end. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, making for an even more energized atmosphere surrounding it.
Its enormous popularity among fans, industry professionals, and artists alike translates to an enormous invasion of the city, and thus an even crazier unfolding of developments. Surge prices for ride share services and taxis are near-unfathomable, drink prices are egregious, and ATM fees are shockingly high. Meanwhile, utter debauchery and chaos mean tense interactions between bouncers and patrons, wedding rings falling off celebrity’s hands, and of course, instances that in the past have included women talking to trees.
We compiled an array of images that captures moments like these, that show a deeper look beneath the glamour of Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival.
Jackmaster discovered ATM fees at the small club Treehouse were set at $36. The fee was so high that he had to document it through Instagram, appropriately quipping, “Some cunt is having a laugh.” Note to self: withdraw copious amounts of cash prior to going out for the night, or else…
Either the drink needs to have at least 4 shots, or it’s best to get toasted enough to last the whole event.
Not planning on drinking? You’ll at least need water to remain safely hydrated in the warm outdoor weather. Humane ideologies be damned — vendors throughout the week are putting necessity and capitalism to the test by charging upwards of $15 for a bottle of water at each event. Perhaps the hot new liquid to hide in a flask is H2O.
This venue wasn’t playing around when it came to hosting an Axtone pool party. The question is, what can you bring?
Pacing is the key to day-drinking, young Padawan.
Plus side: food poisoning is potentially the new leading cause of seeking medical assistance at the music festival? Put that in your pipe and smoke it, media.
Why the odd camera angles? Error? Technical difficulty? Was it all fake after all? Who knows…
Festival season is officially in full swing as Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has officially wrapped its 20th anniversary event in grandiose display. The ever-expanding franchise recently announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, along with their expansion into China with Ultra Beijing and Ultra Shanghai.
Living up to its promise to “expect the unexpected” in 2018, UMF capped off a lofty Miami Music Week with a number of attention-grabbing acts from dance music’s top tastemakers, including David Guetta, Kaskade, Eric Prydz, and Above & Beyond, along with an illustrious cast of newcomers in REZZ, Jauz, and Virtual Self. The most exalted act of the weekend came in the form of a highly anticipated reunion from Swedish House Mafia, who filled the surprise guest slot to close out the festival. Marshmello made his main stage debut and premiered his newest collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, The Chainsmokers put the naysayers to bed with their high-energy performance, which included four unreleased tracks and a flaming drum solo, and Sir Carl Cox delivered a high-powered spectacle in his Resistance Megastructure.
Other notable moments came care of DJ Snake, who brought out Tchami, Malaa, and Mercer to debut their new collaboration, “Let’s Get Ill;” Axwell Λ Ingrosso, who opened their set with a captivating new track ID; Tiësto, who invited out his new fiancé, model Annika Backes, to the stage; and Steve Aoki, who assembled Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo, and Play-N-Skillz for a live performance of their recent release, “Azukita.”
For those who can’t count themselves lucky enough to have witnessed the live weekend spectacle, DA has compiled a comprehensive list of streams from UMF 2018 to relive the festival’s most magical moments.
Armin van Buuren, Main Stage
Armin van Buuren, ASOT Stage
DJ Snake, Main Stage
Hardwell, Main Stage
Steve Aoki, Main Stage
Oliver Heldens, Main Stage
Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Main Stage
Quintino, UMF Radio
Pete Tong, Arcadia Spider
Kungs, Main Stage
Slushii, Worldwide Stage
Carl Cox, Carl Cox Megastructure
Hot Since 82, Arcadia Spider
Blasterjaxx, UMF Radio
REZZ, Ultra Worldwide
Virtual Self, Live Stage
Afrojack, Main Stage
Alan Walker, Main Stage
The Chainsmokers, Main Stage
Tiesto, Main Stage
San Holo, Live Stage
Marshmello, Main Stage
Jauz, Main Stage
Benny Benassi, Ultra Worldwide
Jamie Jones, Carl Cox Megastructure
Carl Cox, Carl Cox Megastructure
Cheat Codes, Main Stage
Danny Tenaglia, Arcadia Spider
Swedish House Mafia, Main Stage
What So Not, Ultra Worldwide
David Guetta, Main Stage
Ghastly, Ultra Worldwide
Andrew Rayel, A State of Trance
Paul Oakenfold, A State of Trance
Gabriel & Dresden, A State of Trance
Flosstradamus, Ultra Worldwide
Julian Jordan, UMF Radio
Benny Benassi, Ultra Worldwide
Keys n Krates, Live Stage
Valentino Khan, UMF Radio
Ookay, Live Stage
Cedric Gervais, Ultra Worldwide
Salvatore Ganacci, Ultra Worldwide
Matador, Arcadia Spider
Manila Killa, UMF Radio
Frank Walker, Ultra Worldwide
Photo credit: aLIVE Coverage
Shaq is a man of many talents — namely basketball, but also some more musically inclined. Beginning with his rap career, that has spawned four albums and a beef with erstwhile teammate/nemesis Kobe Bryant, to a burgeoning career as a DJ — never forget: Shaq Diesel played Tomorrowland — the Hall of Famer has no intent to slow down.
As is the wont of high-profile basketball players, Shaq took his talents to South Beach for the 2018 edition of Miami Music Week. There he hosted his own event, which was legitimized by the presence of dance music luminaries such as A-Trak, Diplo, and Steve Aoki, among other notables.
The highlight of the evening, however, was New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski’s dance moves and subsequent dance-off with Shaq.
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The fun-loving football player is seemingly entirely recovered from a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s Super Bowl, and even showed off some of his impressive athleticism by jumping up onto none other than Shaq’s mountainous shoulders.
While the anticipated return of Swedish House Mafia is sure to dominate the retrospectives coming out of Miami, it’s important not to forget that the combination of Shaq, Gronk, and dance music leads to a divine experience.
Photo Credit: @shaqsfunhouse/Instagram
Ultra Music Festival announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference (WMC) during a press conference in Miami on March 21. In addition, Ultra acquired the International Dance Music Awards. The landmark deal was apparently in the works for a while, according to WMC co-founder Bill Kelly, who will retain his position to continue his vision for the conference.
“WMC will allow veterans and newcomers alike to develop themselves and their organizations to become competitive players in the industry,” says UMF Marketing and New Media Manager Albert Berdellans. “We are very excited to contribute to the vision of Miami as a hub of entertainment, culture and business.”
The merger seemed like a natural fit for Kelly and Russell Faibisch, Ultra’s Co-founder, Chairman & CEO, who began the festival as a way to cap off the business side of WMC with a celebration of dance music. During the press conference, Faibisch also commented on the the impact WMC has had on the dance music industry and their combined vision for moving forward.
“For over thirty years, WMC has been integral to Miami’s storied relationship with dance music. The conference was where some of the biggest deals in dance music history were made and we look forward to working with Bill to pair WMC and Ultra into one extravagant Miami Music Week,” says Faibisch.
Ultra’s acquisition comes after its initial success and growth came as a result of its positioning at the end of the Winter Music Conference — a feeder system it soon outgrew. Years of contention began between the once-neighborly events, which was confounded by the newer addition of Miami Music Week as it slowly began to take the focus away from the business aspect of the industry and channeled it more into non-stop parties taking center stage in Miami.
Weeks ago, media outlets began speculating over whether EDM’s longest-standing conference would see a 33rd edition in 2018. The week-long event had been waning attendance in recent years, but WMC announced it would return in the days leading to Ultra Miami.
Kelly said he’s excited about the new business model.
“A couple years ago, we revisited the idea of coming together. At that point the Amsterdam Dance Event and International Music Summit in Ibiza had formed over the course of the last five years or so, but Ibiza is a very small island, it’s very expensive, and it’s not easily available to businesses and fans. Over the years, the significance of WMC slightly diminished because of those, so to bring (attention) back to Miami, this acquisition was necessary.”
Berdellans also announced that UMF would expand into China with Ultra Beijing, June 16-17, 2018, as well as Shanghai, some time in September. Ultra now plays host to 47 festivals in 24 countries across six continents.
Miami Music Week is in full effect, with each day being filled to the brim with a wide array of events to choose from that satisfy any electronic lover’s fancy. However, the choices are so vast, that sometimes making a decision proves an arduous task.
Partying 24/7 is virtually an impossible task, however, and rest is absolutely crucial during any bit of downtime. For most new to the Miami scene or for those who rarely touch down in the city, Dancing Astronaut has enlisted Claptone‘s assistance in picking out spots to check out when craving a bit of relaxation among the chaos. The masked musician has compiled quite the list of places close to his heart, across a broad spectrum of activities.
While perusing the guide, we recommend giving his new single from FANTAST a spin:
“While on the road, I long for new music. I love to get my fingers dusty, sifting through bins and piles of records, always making sure to bring a spare pair of my signature white gloves.
There happens to be quite a funky spot in Miami, a store called Sweat Records. They’ve got loads of albums and singles, and I always leave with at least one brilliant, new discovery.”
“Oh dear! How I love the Crabshack! A family-run and operated eatery with modest design and ambience, serving a variety of crab and seafood dishes, only steps from the beach. How I love to feel the rays of the Miami sun, sitting on the sidewalk terrace. The perfect place for an afternoon with good friends and great food.”
“The Broken Shaker is quite the special space. For some reason, every time that I visit, interesting and peculiar things seem to happen. That is all I’ll say.”
Crusing through Biscayne Bay
“Many of you may, or may not know this – but I have sailed the Seven Seas a plenty. I grew up as a mariner, setting sail and attempting to discover lands still uncharted. These days, my nautical ambitions are much more modest. Whenever I am in Miami, I make sure to spend as much time as possible navigating through Biscayne Bay on my humble vessel.”
“This lesser-known, beautiful, flowing garden was designed as a laboratory for the observation and study of tropical plants in Miami. I often find myself wandering through their grounds, with my portable field-recorder in hand, registering the many organic sounds that can be heard, to later incorporate in my original productions. I cloak the call of birds and the rustling of the leaves in mystery, altering their tonality and timbre to the point of being unrecognisable, but still so special to me. The garden of inspiration.”
Guaguanco in Little Havana
“Six years ago, while strolling through Little Havana, I somehow found myself in a Cuban community centre for the arts. It was on this day that I had my first Guanguanco dance lesson with my very kind and astonishingly limber, sixty-seven year-old instructor, Griselda. Although it has been quite some time since my last lesson, I can still feel the rhythm and pulse that makes Cuban music so special. My experiences there led me to incorporate some Spanish-speaking lyrics on my upcoming album, Fantast. The ninth track, entitled La Esperanza, with it’s chorus sung in Spanish, forever reminding me of Griselda’s patience.”
Netherlands radio station,SLAM! recently got Hardwell on the phone to talk Miami Music Week, his upcoming Main Stage slot at Ultra Music Festival‘s opening day on Friday, March 23, and, of course, speculation that Swedish House Mafia will reconvene for a special anniversary performance.
“Most of the DJs have some free time in January and February, and that results in new music,” Hardwell said when asked if he would debut unreleased material in Ultra tradition during his headlining set. “I made lots of new music and I’m going to play [it] on Friday,” Hardwell added.
And like many ticket holders, Hardwell is holding out for an SHM reunion. “I think it’s going to happen,” Hardwell stated in response to the question as to whether he believed the Swedish super group would indeed appear at Ultra 20. “There are a lot of rumors, the deciding factor for me was that Steve Angello, one of the three members of SHM, cancelled his Asia tour out of the blue, suddenly doesn’t have any shows planned, and is now in Miami. For me, this means that it has to happen.”
Those attending Miami Music Week can peruse the best parties of the biggest week in electronic music as curated by Dancing Astronaut, here.
In recent weeks, EDM enormity, DJ Snake, has dropped some not-so-subtle hints on social media surrounding “big news.” Now, amid the always momentous Miami Music Week, “You Know You Like It” and “Lean On” producer has taken to Twitter to announce the inception of his very own record label, Premiere Classe Records.
As stated in his tweet, Snake intends to use this new platform to “shine a light” on the “next generation of artists.” Premiere Classe’s first release will be “Whistle” by 4B and TEEZ, which is available for Spotify pre-save here.
— DJ SNAKE (@djsnake) March 20, 2018
[UPDATE 4 p.m. EST March 21]
Premiere Classe’s first release, “Whistle” by 4B and TEEZ, is out now. The two New Jersey producers have crafted a high-octane, party-ready number that serves as a stellar kickoff to the label releases.
“This record label is for people across all corners of the world, to showcase all genres of music,” DJ Snake says of Premiere Classe. “I grew up influenced by different cultures, sounds, feelings, emotions and I want Premiere Classe to be a representation of that.”
Kölsch didn’t prepare anything for his nine-hour residency sets at the Gewölbe Club in Cologne, Germany. “But that’s the beauty of it,” he reveals.
Known for his rousing, deeply emotive tracks, the Danish producer believes in both the freedom of music, and of his surroundings dictating his sounds. The aforementioned can certainly be said for the artist’s unparalleled open-air performance last fall atop the Eiffel Tower. His oeuvre has only continued to rewrite the rulebook of modern production, with each and every performance serving as a further testament to his craft and rinsing in the global circuit.
Kölsch’s music implements an articulate understanding of his surroundings, the solace of the times, whatever and whenever he may be drawing from — one he earned in part by growing up in the hippie community of Christiania. Though he’s revered for his countless remixes, each original work comes complete with clear sentimentality. The journey is always vibrant and picturesque, with the electronic composer offering his listeners a window into his soul or his past with each carefully crafted piece.
His most recent LP, 1989, was the final installment in an autobiographical series which embeds his finely-tuned craftsmanship with a newfound emotive elevation of his artistic output. Its sonic landscape is an intensified deployment of real-life orchestral sounds, marking a true ascension for the artist.
Unexpectedly, Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac has shown her undying support for Kölsch’s work, noting, “that man is sort of King when it comes to pianos and house music. He’s got a way of wrenching your emotions.” Of course, she’s right. From his last full-length’s gut-wrenching tearing through the bleak, loneliness that at times plagues adolescence, it may seem that there’s only one side to Kölsch; though a deeper dive into his discography proves the artist, like many, contains multitudes.
With a string of high profile festival shows and a stellar BBC Radio 1 show under his belt, his iconic status has showed no signs of stopping. He an Ibiza residency dubbed “In The Dark” at Hï Ibiza last season, played the iconic DC 10, Berghain‘s Panorama bar, and made his infamous Eiffel Tower live stream for five million people.
Dancing Astronaut had a chance to catch up with Kölsch amidst his global domination as he’s about to touch down in the states for Miami Music Week and will return in April for major performances at Coachella. During the discussion, he touched on his thoughts on the US dance scene, the extinction of EDM, how he remedies his sets worldwide, and more.
Congratulations on your absolutely incredible year! On top of your BBC Radio 1 domination and playing the main stage at Tomorrowland 2018 you’re approaching your first performance at Coachella. What can attendees expect?
I’m really looking forward to experiencing the whole festival. I’ve never been, but many friends say it is an incredible festival. I can’t wait to play a killer set. What you can expect is more of my charming self. That plus good techno records and my intensive competitive miming act is sure to be special. On another note, I don’t think the US is ready for my techno miming act, so I’ll just do the techno.
How do you feel about playing Coachella as opposed to Glastonbury in the UK or Tomorrowland?
Coachella is definitely on the bucket list I always wanted to play. I’ve been lucky over the years to play most of the festivals I dreamt of (Sonar, Melt, Dour, Tomorrowland, Timewarp, Awakenings, Glastonbury, and so on) I actually think that Coachella is the last major festival on my dream list I haven’t played yet, so I’m really excited.
More underground electronic artists seem to be playing at Coachella this year. Why do you think that is?
The downfall of EDM beckons for a new sound to rise. In Europe, EDM is completely dead, and all big festivals have techno acts as headliners next to the headliner bands. Radio has also lost a lot of the power it used to have, and therefore, kids are finding their own new heroes online and through friends. I love the fact that there is finally room for new music at festivals. Be it techno, fresh Indie bands or hip hop it’s about time all festivals start realizing that mass SoMe Followers, doesn’t always result in guaranteed ticket sales. There have been way too many lazy bookings over the years, and I’m very happy to see that change.
You’ve recently had a successful residency at Gewölbe Club in Cologne, Germany. ISPO. Tell us about how that came to be and how it is playing that club?
IPSO stems from Ipso Facto. It ruffly stems from “by the factor off,” and is the name of my label. I’ve got a bunch of releases planned on the label, so I decided to expand the concept into a traveling residency. Its been going at Gewölbe in Cologne for 2 years now, and I usually end up playing very longs sets. Up to 9 hours. It’s such special club, as it has the only bespoke built Martion Horn Speaker system in the world. The sound is out of this world.
How does it compare to playing a venue like Ushuaia in Ibiza, for instance, in terms of planning, energy, set length?
It’s a completely different beast. Playing in front of 12,000 people for 90 min demands a completely different level of discipline than a smaller club. There is not the same room for experimentation. Playing nine hours on a good sound system with the right crowd is any DJ’s dream gig. It feels like therapy to me.
Do you do anything to prepare for the up to nine-hour sets for IPSO in Cologne?
I don’t prepare anything, that’s the beauty of it. With the sound system at Gewölbe one thing I’ve been practicing other than slower tempo and energy, is starting my sets with tracks with a more open sound. Maybe tracks that haven’t been squashed in mastering, so there is more room, to intensify the energy later in the set. Its very interesting to experiment with building a set that way.
How do you see the current scene of electronic music in the US from your point of view?
After the extinction of EDM, the scene is fantastic. There is an amazing form of optimism in clubs all over the US. Suddenly there is room to move more freely and it seems a lot of the freaks are coming out again. People are exploring a new sound, and I just get so much great music these days from the states. I love that the scene has escaped the pigeonholing of style, sound, and attitude that was defined by EDM festivals. For a while there it felt like I was playing in 1997 at Mayday in Germany. It was depressingly hilarious to witness that the scene was so far behind. Thank god for the progress.
How does playing clubs where you can create a new chapter for the club compare to playing the Eiffel Tower like you did back in the fall? That seems to be a true once in a lifetime experience…Maybe the best open-air venue in the world…?
It was definitely a life-altering moment. I’ve had a long-lasting love affair with Paris. From early Laurent Garnier records, through Ludovic Navarre to the French Disco house era hailed by Daft Punk, it’s been a defining place for dance music. The last 10 years have ushered a different, and tougher time for the French. Terrorist attacks have sadly been all too frequent and I felt that I needed to illustrate how much we all love and support them. Just to play Acid Eiffel by Laurent Garnier, a record that influenced me so much in 1993, on the Eiffel Tower was extremely emotional. Dance music may not be political, but on an emotional level we can all show support.
Was there ever a point in your career where you’d said, ok, I know I’ve made it if I’m playing here?
Well playing there was never even a thing I could have ever considered possible. I could have never event dreamt of that, as I got into this scene, so it was a very big deal for me. My French grandmother who is 93 watched the whole set on her laptop…that made me extra proud.
What tracks do you have in mind that you will definitely play at Miami Music Week?
I’ve got so many new demos in want to test out…currently working on a new IPSO collab with Joris Voorn that I will definitely play.
Also testing out stuff for my next Speicher 12”, so demo galore.
Which track do you have in mind for the anticipated b2b with Tiga at All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party?
It’s going to have to be our new tracks from our upcoming IPSO collab. It was such a pleasure working together. We had a great time in the studio.
Which track for the Kompakt at Space Party?
Maybe a Kompakt classic. I’ve been hammering Donnerkuppel by Robag Wrühme again lately, so maybe that one.
Do you have a track in mind for Get Lost Miami?
I’ll see how underground I can get away with playing there. I really want to take it far out, so I’ll be digging into my rarer records for that one…
And finally, where can we expect the Kölsch sound to move to in the new year? One of our all-time favorite quotes of yours is, “I was trying to make a Balearic version of Jeff Mills..” and it’s in reference to the making of “Calabria.” Obviously, a lot of time has passed since then and your music is consistently evolving, but considering your latest exclusive release other than the WhoMadeWho remix and now “Left Eye Left,” was 1989 — the significantly more emotive, final installment in the album trilogy — we wonder whether the grey shall clear and we’ll see a new side of Kölsch…
The Grey is well and over… I’m working on a lot of new material. Experimenting a lot right now with new demos, so let’s see what comes out of that…
Kölsch US Tour Dates:
March 22: All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party Surfcomber, Miami, FL
March 24 – Kompakt Club Space, Miami, FL
March 24-25 – Crosstown Rebels present Get Lost Miami, FL
April 15 – Coachella, Indio, CA
April 22 – Coachella, Indio, CA
Mau5trap Showcase / Treehouse
Mau5trap returns to the Treehouse once again with a vehement array of artistry. Between BlackGummy b2b No Mana, ATTLAS b2b Eekkoo, the fervent Heyz b2b Electrocado, the astonishing Rinzen, Notaker, and Rhett, Mau5trap’s showcase promises an electric array of this year’s rising talent. It’s the perfect show to kick off the week with, and considering Mau5trap’s track record, certainly not one to be missed.
Nora En Pure Presents Purified / Delano Hotel
“Bringing her sought-after sound to South Beach for her debut Purified MMW event, Nora En Pure, part of the Helvetic Nerds, is set to open Miami Music Week on Tuesday 20th March at the Delano Beach Club. Inviting some of the world’s most mezmerising DJs, Autograf, Croatia Squad, Doorly, Huxley, Mat.Joe, Siege, and Sons Of Maria will all be performing at this sunset session alongside dance music’s leading lady.” -Press Release
Paco Osuna presents Mindshake Showcase 2018 / TRADE
“Tuesday night of Miami music week TRADE will have a techno feast featuring master class DJs to have our dance floor rocking, get ready as Paco Osuna comes into the intimacy of this dark room to showcase his record label Mindshake in all its might!” –
Miami Rebels + Paco Osuna
LINK Miami Rebels Presents Nastia, Ellen Allien, & Peggy Gou / TRADE
Three talented ladies — Nastia, Ellen Allien, and Peggy Gou — are gathering at TRADE early on in the week to show off their fiery finesse behind the decks. Each vastly ascending beyond the global underground circuit, Link Miami Rebels’ show will surely prove why these ladies have been so widely talked about quite a bit over the last year.
HYTE Miami 2018 / Space
“HYTE returns to Miami for MMW to take over two rooms at the infamous Club Space. On Wednesday, March 21st, HYTE will bring their special atmosphere and carefully curated line-up to the multi-faceted Club Space venue in Miami for a sure to be immersive party across two different rooms. The 25,000 sq foot venue offers everything that clubbers have come to expect from the HYTE brand. The venue for all this is a new one for HYTE but one that has a celebrated reputation for throwing essential parties. It is always a focal point during MMW and hosts only the most influential brands, labels and DJs, so HYTE are proud to call the place home. It boasts two different rooms which each offer slightly different ambiances and also has a vast rooftop terrace which makes for very special moments as the sun rises and falls on the horizon. Making it the perfect location to capture those first rays of sunshine after a hard nights dancing. There will be nowhere better to get an authentic taste of the Miami experience than with Space and HYTE as your capable hosts. ” –HYTE
Heldeep Vs. Monstercat / Soho Studios
“Heldeep Vs. Monstercat is coming your way in the heat of the Floridian sun at the world-renowned venue, Soho Studios! The bell will ring in the evening with a massive stage unlike anything you’ve seen before. We’ve done our training, said our prayers, and taken our vitamins; now it’s time to see who wins the belt. No matter what happens, it’s all of you amazing fans who will come out on top March 21st!” –Monstercat
Robin Schulz & Friends Pool Party / Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel
The third edition of Spinnin’ Records Spinnin’ Hotel brings five pool parties to this year’s Miami Music Week. A return to the Nautilus, A Sixty Hotel, located on the wonderful South Beach in the famous Art Deco district of Miami, 2018 promises a most fervent poolside affair. Robin Schulz and friends is one of our favorite picks, playing alongside his pals Autograf, Goldroom, Shaun Frank, and more.
Deadbeats Goes Off The Deepend / Soho Studios
When Deadbeats announces it’s taking Miami off the deep end, they mean it. A conglomerate of fervent b2b sets are set to take place, including Zed’s Dead b2b Jauz, 12th planet b2b Ghastly, and Eprom b2b Zeke Beats. The promised intensity of this one is truly unmissable.
Mixmash Miami Rockin’ With The Best / Delano Beach Club
Currently in its ninth consecutive year, Mixmash has announced a lineup nothing short of iconic for its uniquely rambunctious Delano South Beach party. Truly a testament its given name, Rockin’ With The Best boasts A-Trak, Blasterjaxx, Deorro, Jonas Blue, Mike Cervello, Moksi, Laidback Luke, Timmy Trumpet, Unity, Zonderling, as well as special unannounced guests who’ll perform b2b.
NGHTMRE & SLANDER present Gud Vibrations Boat Party / Sea Isle Marina
NGHTMRE & SLANDER‘s Gud Vibrations event moniker has been known to make waves. Setting sail over Miami’s crystalline waters aboard the palatial Musette yacht, party-goers can expect expansive production and wild antics throughout the ship. The event will feature such special guests as EKALI, KRANE, DOMBRESKY, Rickyxsan, Wavedash, and many more.
Corona Electric Beach Road To “EDC LV” / Shore Club
With the tagline of where the “Beats meet the beach,” the Corona Electric Beach is an unmissable event, no matter where it lay host. Featuring world-renowned DJs and traveling across the US and partnering with festival pioneers, Corona Electric Beach promises an exuberant event each and every time. The Miami Music Week installment brings Chris Lake, Mija, Will Clarke, Walker & Royce, Sharps, Dillon Nathaniel, Doc Brown, and more to the luxurious playground known as the Shore Club.
Seth Troxler, Damian Lazarus, Jackmaster and Jasper James / Basement Miami
The four legendary DJs are set to take over The Basement Miami on Friday from 11pm to 5am. Produced in part by the Gia Sai Agency, the event will play host to some of the most inventive sounds in techno, breaks, jungle, house and disco the week has to offer. It’s unclear as to whether back-to-back sets will take place, but one can only hope to expect them.
Dirtybird Players / Space Terrace
Claude VonStroke leads his Dirtybird crew on Miami’s storied Space Nightclub terrace and in the club’s techno loft for an evening of moving, grooving and shaking. Dirtybird Players such as Billy Kenny, Ardalan, Walker & Royce and Will Clarke will be setting the tone for the evening, and a few special guests have yet to be announced.
Adam Beyer x Cirez D / Soho Studios
In what promises to be the week’s most mesmerizing event, Adam Beyer and Cirez D are joining forces for one night in Miami’s Soho Studios. The Drumcode founder and Eric Prydz alias will perform in back-to-back fashion in the 32,000+ square foot venue. Known for their stellar productions, LinkMiamiRebels’ coalescence of two iconic forces makes for a truly unmissable evening in South Beach.
Diskolab Presents No Sugar Added / 1 Hotel South Beach
2018 brings No Sugar Added’s biggest lineup of all time, boasting the likes of Hexagon head Don Diablo, the dynamic duo Dada Life, Lost Frequencies, Sam Feldt, Autograf, and more. As the Diskolab event moves to a single stage amid the luxury setting of the 1 Hotel this year, NSA promises to be one of dance fans’ favorite all-day affairs this MMW.
Confession Miami / Treehouse
Tchami’s descent into Miami is certain to leave dance floors drenched in sweat as the French house pioneer and Confession label founder is being joined in good company. Cazztek, Dombresky, Brohug, Dillon Nathaniel and a few special guests will play host to one of the week’s most anticipated events.
Chuckie Exclusive Hip Hop Set – Benefitting Fuck Cancer / Rockwell Miami
Known for his dirty dutch style, sensational trap original “Warrior,” and perhaps most importantly, for his selfless candor, Amsterdam producer Chuckie returns to Miami Music Week with his annual Fuck Cancer set. This year’s installment promises exclusive hip hop and special guests with all proceeds at the door going to the Fuck Cancer charity. Chuckie’s bringing the party to Miami for a good cause, what’s not to like?
Elrow Miami / El Miami: Nomads, Nuevo Mundo
“Together we make magic happen.” That is the ethos by which Spanish production company Elrow run their events. Elrow has gradually began to enter the US festival sphere, but their events in the US are few and far between, making their hosted event in Miami that much more special. With a lineup still to be announced, the event holds an air of mystery, but those attending Miami Music Week can expect expect expansive production and vibrant costumes, at the very least.
Anjunabeach Miami / 1 Hotel South Beach
Anjunabeats will play host to Miami’s premier trance event at the 1 Hotel Beach in South Beach. With such artists as Alpha 9, Genix, Jason Ross, Jaytech and many more, the exposé into trance is certain to be one of the week’s best beachside events.
Repopulate Mars – Miami 2018 / Gramps Bar
On Sunday, March 25th, Lee Foss will open a wormhole in time and space to Repopulate Mars from Gramps Miami in Wynwood from 2pm-2am…Alien jams from the future at a beach party on Mars will have punk funk kids shedding clothes, aliens shedding skin and cyborgs getting down.” –Repopulate Mars
Carl Cox Presents: His Disco, Funk & Soul Event / Basement Miami
The storied Carl Cox closes out Bincomparablemparalble six-day MMW lineup in what promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s installment. Presenting his disco, funk, AND soul, Cox will be in top form, and those who miss it will surely be sorry they did.
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