Circo Loco Pool Party was fully equipped with a rapturous soundsystem for a long afternoon of soulful deep, dubbed, and tech melodies as your toes became one with the sand at Surfcomber’s pool and beach area.
Who: Jesse Perez, Russ Yallop, Benoit & Sergio, Hot Natured‘s Lee Foss & Jamie Jones, Anabel Englund, Dyed Soundorom, Richy Ahmed, Craig Richards, Infinity Ink, Robert James, Anthony Rother, Mark Jenkyns
Where: Ice Palace
Miami wouldn’t be complete without a sexy indoor/outdoor party with the Hot Creations crew, fully aligned with oversize palm trees, hammocks, and a live performance by that sex pistol Anabel Englund.
Crosstown Rebels: Get Lost provided everything to satisfy your all-around musical needs, from dark tech with Subb-an, Skream, Lee Curtiss, Richie Hawtin, and Crosstown leader Damian Lazarus, to uplifting melodies by Guti & Fosky, Infinity Ink, and the stupendous Francesca Lombardo. If you were wise you arrived at 5am opening, grabbed your bracelet, partied for a bit, caught surprise guest Mr. Hawtin, took a disco nap, and returned early afternoon.
Who: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
Where: The Delano
The basement of the Delano was popping all day and night on Wednesday, closing with an incredibly well-chosen techno set delivered, to our surprise and delight, by none other than Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. A well-received departure from their traditional festival big-room style, the set was the perfect example of artists showcasing their raw DJing abilities and having fun playing different styles of music they love.
Who: Guy Gerber, Davide Squillace, Martin Buttrich, tINI, Bill Patrick, Dyed Soundorom, Chaim, H-Foundation, Maayan Nidam, Seuil, Behrouz, BLOND:ISH, Kabale und Liebe, No Regular Play
Where: The Delano
Supplement Facts’ pool party returned bigger and better than ever, with some of the top names in techno stepping up to the decks, such as Davide Squillace, Martin Buttrich, tINI, and the beloved Bill Patrick. It’s easy to find yourself spending the entire day at The Delano, with its beautiful cabanas and delicious food and cocktails.
Who: Body High, Mad Decent, OWSLA, Fool’s Gold, Bromance, SMOG, We Did It, Boysnoize
Where: The Raleigh
Parties hosted by OWSLA with a tagline of “8 Hours, 8 Labels" are almost certain to be a good time–especially when the 8 labels in question are Body High, Boysnoize Records, Bromance, Fools Gold, Mad Decent, OWSLA, SMOG, and We Did It. Experiencing them all back to back–and Skrillex and Diplo literally B2B–in one day’s party made it one to remember.
Afrojack and his friends headed to Mansion in what was one of the most insane parties of Miami Music Week. David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Laidback Luke showed up unannounced and joined Afrojack on stage for a four-way back-to-back while the Dutch superstar shared a $15,000 bottle of champagne with the full-capacity nightclub crowd.
Premiere Dutch artist management firm Ace Agency partnered with RPM and Pacha New York to host a South Beach pool party turned mini-festival at the luxurious SLS Hotel. Afrojack led an all-star stage of Dutch house’s biggest names as celebrities (remember Dennis Rodman?) mingled with the crowd. Shermanology’s set was the most memorable; impressive live vocals combined with a sing-along crowd made for one helluva euphoric performance.
Clear skies, a gentle breeze, and a gorgeous venue made for the perfect atmosphere for the Anjunabeats Vol. 10 Pool Party. A beautiful crowd from all corners of the world mingled in the pool and danced on the sand as trance’s younger talents took to the stage. Label heads Above & Beyond made a brief appearance near the end of the event, a real treat for Anjunabeats’ biggest fans.
Who: Audiofly, M.A.N.D.Y., M.A.N.F.L.Y., Magda, Benoit & Sergio, Lee Curtiss, Tiefschwarz, Azari & III, Martin Buttrich
Where: Villa 221
Villa 221 held the solidly lined up sixth Flying Circus. Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y. came out under their M.A.N.F.L.Y. moniker only to be rained out for thirty minutes by a passing storm, but then the terrace re-opened and came back strong. Azari & III played a chilled-out live set over the sunset. Magda played a high voltage, aggressive set, followed by Benoit & Sergio, who closed the terrace with soulful grooves.
Who: Flume, Shlohmo, Jerome LOL
Bardot, located in downtown Miami, opened up to a heavy-hitting mix of trap and bass courtesy of Jerome LOL. By the time Flume’s (pictured) set rolled around, a packed crowd of diehard fans surrounded the stage to witness musical magic. The crowd was tearing it up all the way through to Shlohmo, who delivered a dark, high-octane set.
Closing out Miami Music Week Sunday night in South Beach at SET, Sasha threw a party for his just-released Involv3r album. Everyone was dressed to the heels to get into this opulent nightclub and witness his new masterpiece. In typical Sasha, fashion the set was impeccable. The new tracks off his album were mixed smoothly as the atmospheric deep house led the intimate and industry-heavy crowd to dance off a successful week.
With a name like dirtybird, it’s gotta be good, especially when there’s free barbeque involved. Continuing the tradition of their outdoor BBQ parties in SF, the dirtybird players brought their Bay Area vibes to Miami with a packed lineup of all-stars. Special treats included a B2B performance from Justin Martin and Claude VonStroke and a hip hop set from legends De La Soul.
Day 2 of the three-day HARD Miami extravaganza was full of tech and electro sounds from the likes of Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, and a special guest appearance by none other than Boys Noize. Grand Central is a true clubber’s club, lending to the overall party atmosphere that HARD events are known for.
Who: Carl Cox, Afrojack
Where: Ultra Artist Yacht
What better way to close out the second weekend of Ultra than with a private party on the Ultra press and artist yacht? Carl Cox and Afrojack were the DJs of the night, with Afrojack playing a tribal-tinged tech house set and Carl offering more chilled-out, deep vibes. Paul van Dyk, Paris Hilton, and Danny Avila were some of the “who’s who" in attendance.