From March 15-20 the biggest names in EDM congregated in the Sunshine State for Miami Music Week. Just in case you missed out this year, The Untitled Magazine has highlights from the most exciting events.
Laidback Luke kicked things off on night one with his show, Super You & Me at Story on Collins Avenue. Also on the 15th, party starter and Diplo collaborator, Afrojack, showed up for a set at LIV. Earlier that day revelers warmed up at Delano Beach Club where The Potion Pool Party featured sets from The Magician, Moon Boots, Michael Calfan, Danny Howard, The Aston Shuffle, Fabich, and Bobby Nourmand. Those EDM fans who weren’t too hungover headed back to Delano the next day for the Sugar party, presented by Robin Schulz, with music by Bakermat, Destructor, Disciples, EDX, Hugel, Kittens, Nico Pusch, Nora En Pure, and Ping Pong. At LIV, twin sister DJ duo and Untitled Magazine featured artists, NERVO, gave the crowd a double dose of cool.
Later that night Armin van Buuren rocked the crowd at Icon Nightclub and at Story, another Untitled Magazine featured artist, Steve Aoki, hosted his annual Steve and friends showcase. Miami Music Week one was a big one for Aoki who kept people dancing from noon till night at Dim Mak’s 20-year Anniversary Party the next day. The label is doing a worldwide 20 date tour for their double decade birthday. The blow-out was an all day affair at Miami’s infamous Nikki Beach and proved to be an extra special stop before the Dim Mak crew, including 3LAU, Autoerotique, Dirtyphonics, Etc! Etc!, Keys N Krates, and The Bloody Beetroots, packed up to head to SXSW Festival. Another afternoon bash was Hideout Dayclub with Olivier Heldens, featuring music by Zeds Dead, Martin Solveig, Ephwurd, Michael Calfan, Chocolate Puma, Danny Howard, Drezo, Loud Luxury, Nicky Night Time, Niko The Kid,and Throttle.
At night, brotherly duo, Disclosure, brought their now famous WildLife concert series to South Beach’s Delano Hotel, along with friends such as DJ Heidi, Tiga, Boys Noize, and Loco Dice. They did it all again with an encore performance the next day at Wynwood’s MAPS Backlot. Downtempo dude, XXYYXX, threw down at Bardot that evening as well. If that wasn’t enough, at midnight, Afrojack returned with a show at Hyde Beach.
On Friday, NERVO returned with friends, Helena Legend, Busta Rhymes, Chuckie, and Dubvision in tow for a party at SLS Hotel. At the same time, HARD Miami and Ultra Music Festival were kicking off. At HARD, fans tuned in for 2 Live Crew, Boys Noize, Jauz, What So Not, Destructo, Wax Motif, Rezz, Drezo, Wuki, Justin Martin, Shiba San, AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo, Redlight, Landis Lapace, and Bones.
Over at Ultra, on the main stage were sets by DJ Snake, Armin Buuren, Kaskade, Martin Garrix, and Kygo. For the chiller crowd, the live stage featured shows by Tycho, Caribou, Chet Faker, and Miike Snow. Longtime dance music favorite, Jamie Johns, and Aussie legend, Alison Wonderland, also played the fest that day. Outside of Ultra there was a return to Nikki Beach for a Cash Cash set, Mad Decent held court with their annual pool party at the Sherborne Wyndham, and David Guetta kept it going at LIV.
The sunshine on Saturday at Ultra Music Festival was dominated by a DVBBS set with a surprise guest performance from Cody Simpson. On the same day was the Fool’s Gold Showcase and at the W South Beach, Billboard, iHeartMedia, and Crave Online presented the invite-only BMF Music Lounge. Back at the Delano, Claude vonStroke presented The Birdhouse featuring music by Danny Daze, Furt Coat, Jesse Rose, Justin Jay, Matthias Tanzmann, Tiga, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and New York favorites, Soul Clap.
It was all about the ladies on Saturday night at Ultra Music Festival. Untitled Magazine featured artists, Icona Pop, rocked the live stage along with AlunaGeorge, Afrobeta, and Crystal Castles (with new frontwoman, Edith Frances). Over at LIV, Taylor Swift’s beau, Calvin Harris, played the late night set.
During the day on Sunday, musical and performance art provocateur, Peaches, took to the live stage at Ultra. Sunday night at the fest featured music by Pendulum/Knife Party, Zedd, David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Eric Prydz, deadmau5, Carnage, Galantis, Purity Ring, Rabbit in the Moon, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Tchami, and Robin Schulz. Over at The Hanger, Herobust and others made a stop on their Twonk Di Nation tour. In a move that was fitting for the finale night of Miami Music Week, DJ legend, Carl Cox presented his Disco, Funk, and Soul Event while Benni Benassi took up residency at Paris Hilton favorite, the Wall.
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