As many of you probably know, Ultra Music Festival isn’t the only thing going on in Miami next week. There are dozens of events that surround the 3-day festival, making the Ultra experience unique as far as US festivals go. LessThan3 will be representing at a good number of these parties, so we’re taking this opportunity to give you a look at where we’ll be and alert you to some of the highlights of the week.
Tuesday, March 20
Dim Mak Miami @ Mansion
Artists: Steve Aoki, Datsik, Joachim Garraud, Felix Cartal, Dirtyphonics
Why We’re Going: Any Steve Aoki party is guaranteed to be a cake-throwing electro riot. Get your energy up for the week with this one.
Benny Benassi & Friends @ LIV
Artists: Benny Benassi, Martin Solveig, Congorock, Harvard Bass
Why We’re Going: Hard electro and techno madness will ensue with the likes of the lineup here.
Wednesday, March 21
Kings of Ace Pool Party @ National Hotel
Artists: R3hab, Sidney Samson, Bassjackers, Apster, Nervo
Why We’re Going: A power lineup of Dutch stars slams into the National, bringing the synths that make your teeth chatter and the anthems that defined your year. From the massacre king himself, R3hab, to the ladies of Nervo and the Bassjacker boys of Mush Mush, the party ain’t gonna stop–especially when some very special guests make an entrance.
HARD Miami: Moombahton Massive @ Grand Central
Artists: Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, Heartbreak, Sazon Booya
Why We’re Going: Moombahton is much-needed at this year’s Miami Music Week,and you’re sure to get your fill here.
I Love Avicii Pool Party @ The Raleigh
Artists: Avicii, Cazzette
Why We’re Going: Who wouldn’t love listening to the uplifting melodies of Avicii while basking in the Miami sun?
Thursday, March 22
Group Therapy Miami @ Bayfront Park
Artists: Above & Beyond, Arty, Mat Zo, Jaytech, Boom Jinx
Why We’re Going: The Anjunabeats label party is always one of the highlights of every Miami Music Week. You can’t go wrong Above & Beyond at the helm along with the best of their label’s talent.
Dirtybird Miami @ Villa 221
Artists: Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin
Why We’re Going: The perfect way to kick back with some techno and tech house beats in preparation for Ultra madness.
Friday, March 23
Ultra Day 1 @ Bayfront Park
Artists: Tiesto, Skrillex, Afrojack, Pretty Lights, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Wolfgang Gartner
Why We’re Going: It’s the kickoff of the biggest event of the week! Get ready for eight stages full of the best EDM has to offer.
Masquerade Motel Day 1 @ Grand Central Park
Artists: Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, Alesso, Thomas Gold, Otto Knows, NO_ID
Why We’re Going: This 21+ event promises sophistication and big room bliss from the kings of house, Swedish House Mafia.
No Sugar Added Day 1 @ Nikki Beach
Artists: Paul Oakenfold, Carl Craig, Jack Beats, Kill The Noise, Swanky Tunes, Hard Rock Sofa
Why We’re Going: A wide variety of genres brings almost as many sounds to the table as Ultra itself.
Mixmag in Miami @ Ice Palace
Artists: Chase & Status, Pendulum, Steve Aoki, Flux Pavilion, Riva Starr
Why We’re Going: Pendulum, Steve Aoki and a host of secret but super-mega special guests will be melting down the 10,000-square-foot Ice Palace with their special blend of punk attitude, rave sounds and enough energy to rival the power plant.
Saturday, March 24
Ultra Day 2 @ Bayfront Park
Artists: Avicii, Justice, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Zedd, Mord Fustang
Why We’re Going: The biggest names in electro, trance, dubstep and techno invade Bayfront Park for a second day of all-out extravaganza.
Masquerade Motel Day 2 @ Grand Central Park
Artists: Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, Alesso, AN21, Third Party, NO_ID
Why We’re Going: Day 2 of SHM’s assault on Grand Central Park promises more elaborate costumes and more massive house to feast our ears upon.
Smile For Camera Artist Showcase @ The Carlton Hotel
Artists: Munchi, Heartbreak, Luke Da Duke
Why We’re Going: Moombah is the name of the game again in an event that features the best and brightest in the genre, and our own Luke Da Duke is playing there!
Wolfgang Gartner & Friends @ National Hotel
Artists: Wolfgang Gartner, Tommy Trash, Kill The Noise, Angger Dimas, Felix Cartal, Bart B More
Why We’re Going: Megastar Gartner is trying a little help from his equally synth-banging friends, like Bart B More, Kill The Noise, Tommy Trash and Felix Cartal. It’s a veritable who’s-who of bass-heavy, techno-inflected, 8-bit electro soldiers.
Sunday, March 25
Ultra Day 3 @ Bayfront Park
Artists: Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Kaskade, Knife Party, Bassnectar, Fedde le Grand, Cazzette, Bloody Beetroots
Why We’re Going: We’ll still be going strong for Day 3, which features more of the biggest names in dance music as well as Armin van Buuren’s A State Of Trance 550 tent.
Spin Artist Agency Showcase @ The National Hotel
Artists: Arty, Glenn Morrison, Hard Rock Sofa, Swanky Tunes, Wippenberg
Why We’re Going: Spend the week’s last official night with breakout Russian star Arty and a few of his mates, including Australia’s chunky, funky Bass Kleph, the utterly relentless Swanky Tunes, hot up-and-coming duo Rebecca & Fiona, and one extra-special guest.
Ultra Carry On with Armin van Buuren @ Mansion
Artists: Armin van Buuren, Gabriel & Dresden, W&W, Jochen Miller
Why We’re Going: We aren’t gonna get enough trance at ASOT 550–we need it to keep going late into the night.