Now in its sixth year, Miami Music Week, which runs Tuesday, March 15, through Sunday, March 20, has become a highly anticipated marathon of music for fans and industry professionals alike.
Built around the world-famous electronic dance music festival Ultra Music Festival, Miami Music Week is a series of parties spread among South Beach pools, downtown clubs and Wynwood warehouses garnering hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, hoping to see their favorite artists perform.
Many of these musicians play both at Ultra Music Festival and Miami Music Week parties, while some choose to play one or the other. These artists hail not only from all over the United States, but from Israel to the Netherlands, and throughout the rest of world. Most fall under the electronic umbrella, though their sounds are as diverse as the regions they come from, playing dubstep, electro, drum 'n' bass, house, techno, and genres we're not sure how to categorize. Even rap group 2 Live Crew will make a MMW appearance.
It can get overwhelming deciding among the over two hundred parties available, so here are six you absolutely should not miss.
Circus x Ram at the Hangar
Kick off your Miami Music Week on Tuesday at Circus x Ram at the Hangar in downtown Miami. Two labels, Circus Records and Ram Records, will showcase a roster of heavy-hitters in dubstep and drum 'n' bass, including Britain's Flux Pavilion, Doctor P and Delta Heavy as well as France's Dirtyphonics. Surprise guests are also expected. Get ready for a night of dancing to some dark, bass- and percussion-heavy tracks.
Tuskegee + Detroit Love at Trade
It's rare to see Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers play together under their moniker Tuskegee, so don't miss these house heroes' combined sound on the second floor of Trade nightclub. The first floor will host Detroit-based techno DJs Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen, Matthew Dear and Erno.
Oliver Heldens and Friends at MAPS Backlot
Soak up some sunshine and good vibes with Oliver Heldens and friends including Dutch house duo Chocolate Puma and France's Michael Calfan with the soulhouse. Ephwurd's house music will make its Miami debut at the daytime party. If heavy bass is more your beat, Zeds Dead will fulfill your needs. The Canadian duo has played Mad Decent Block Party at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale the past three years. French DJ Martin Solveig was recently added to the lineup, and will add upbeat electro-house to the mix.
HARD Miami at Cameo
This all-night party has 16 artists playing two rooms at Cameo nightclub in Miami Beach. Destructo, who founded the concert brand HARD and the electronic music cruise HolyShip!, will play his underground sounds in one room along with techno producer Boys Noize, Mau5trap's Rezz with some dark beats and Wax Motif throwing the G-house, which combines house with rap. Sweet San Francisco house from Justin Martin and Shiba San will play in the second room, as well as bass-heavy house from AC Slater. Rappers 2 Live Crew are the special guests for the night.
Crosstown Rebels presents Get Lost
Get Lost is a 24-hour party starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, March 19. The party is now in its 11th year, and spearheaded by Damian Lazarus, who recently played Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival as well as Miami's III Points earlier this year. Lazarus' mystical melodies fall somewhere between the spheres of techno and house. While the location is not released until before the party starts, the stacked lineup features more than 50 artists. Guests will be taken on a multi-genre journey of soothing sounds with artists like veteran DJ Pete Tong, Grammy-nominated Sasha, and electro-dance duo Gorgon City.
Get Lost will begin 5 a.m. Saturday, March 19, location still TBD. General admission tickets cost $96.80. Sunrise tickets, which allow entry before 8 a.m., cost $72.60.
Buygore presents Still Lit at Heart Nightclub
Borgore, "the filthy king of dubstep" (according to YourEDM.com), and his label Buygore will wrap up Miami Music Week with an after-hours party at Heart Nightclub in downtown Miami from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Sunday, March 20. While Borgore throws down in the main room, Space Yacht, a Los Angeles-based event series, and Symbols, Kastle's bass-making record label, will play melodic beats and experimental grooves in the other two. If you can't party at Still Lit, there will be a Jägermeister-fueled Buygore Pool Party at the National Hotel earlier that day. At last year's debut, 1,200 guests came to get down, and this year is expected to be even more wild. GTA, Getter and DJ Fresch will all hits along with Party Thieves, Nightowls and Londonbridge, among others.
Buygore presents Still Lit will begin 10 p.m., Sunday, March 20, at Heart Nightclub, 50 NE 11th St., in Miami. Tickets cost $47.60. Call 305-912-3099 or go to HeartNightclub.com. Buygore Pool Party will begin noon Sunday, March 20, at the National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. Tickets cost $41.65-$53.55. Call 305-532-2311.