Outside the multi-million dollar production of downtown's Ultra Music Festival exists a plethora of events transformed into a multi-venue shuffler's paradise, where the best acts in house, techno and beyond showcase their in-demand sounds and brands.
As our brain cells begin to slowly piece themselves back together after a week-long celebration of electronic and dance music along the palm-lined shores of South Florida, known to the world as Miami Music Week, REVOLT is recapping the 10 parties that burned holes in our dancing shoes.
Smirnoff House at The Gale
In its first year, the exclusive Smirnoff house located at The Gale hotel on South Beach, rivaled some of Miami's established must-see events with eclectically stacked acts like Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid, Claptone, Tiga, Boys Noize, Justin Martin, TOKiMONSTA and dozens others with their inaugural four-day affair. Daytime vibes were hosted on the boutique hotel's rooftop overlooking SoBe's extensive strip of iconic hotel parties. Meanwhile, the sunset each night drew partygoers to the basement, referred to as Rec Room, where house heavyweights performed to intimate crowds each night as attendees were also gifted with a complimentary open bar.
ALX Showcase at Heart nightclub
Miami's notorious after-hours nightclub, Space, has enticed dance fans to flock to its multi-tiered debauchery for over 15 years, and, reason as of late, a big part of that has been resident DJ, Alex Sanchez AKA ALX. Opening for the likes of Eric Prydz and Loco Dice, the rising talent seized Wednesday night to showcase his label, Descend, with a finely-curated talent lineup consisting of Bryan Estefani, Dani Lehman and Justin James. The newly-built, three-story mega venue, Heart, proved to be on par with its famed next door neighbor, but it was ALX's driving rhythms and skilled technicality that breathed life into the venue's basement.
Kindisch Showcase at Do Not Sit On The Furniture
While house and techno reigned supreme throughout the week's menagerie of events, ethereal artists like Behrouz, Mia Lucci, Yokoo and friends brought the Burning Man vibes to South Beach with the Kindisch showcase at low-key underground space, Do Not Sit On The Furniture. With a relaxed aura and tribal decor, the 8-hour affair captured the mnds and hearts of dance music lovers.
SiriusXM Lounge at 1 Hotel
Every Miami Music Week, electronic music's number one international radio station takes over the sandy shores of South Beach to bring the best acts in radio and the underground for a star-studded roster of varied dance music. Hosted at one of Miami's newest luxury hotels, 1 Hotel, big name acts such as Martin Garrix, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, NERVO, Armin Van Buuren, Claptone and many more performed to an intimate crowd on the resort's beach lawn over three days. Anybody who's anybody makes sure to add this exclusive stop on the list!
Dirtybird Players B2B Showdown at TRADE
There is no party quite like a Dirtybird party! The label's chairman, Claude VonStroke, has crafted a crew of young and gifted producers and DJs who know how to outdo all other comparable events. Blending booty-shaking house with elements of hip hop, talent like Will Clarke, Shiba San, Justin Martin, Kill Frenzy, Billy Kenny, J. Phlip, Worthy and others threw down probably one of the team's most insane MMW parties to date. With a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd the entire night (and even some revelers seen swinging from the ceiling rafters), this showcase proved to rule SoBe on Thursday night as the who's who of the dance industry clamored their way to catch a glimpse.
Get Lost Miami at Little River Studios
Nestled in the Little River Studios movie and television production lot in the unique neighborhood of Little Haiti outside the bustle of Miami, was hands down the week's most transcendental party with a music experience that far exceeded any other. While downtown and South Beach lured the high-heeled bottle service rats and too tight polo-adorned guidos, Get Lost offered heavenly vibes and a new approach to partying. Lasting for 24 hours, it may seem as though making it out alive isn't an option, but ironically its special energy was a revival in itself. The crowd actually talked and danced with each other, the production was to the tee perfection, the staff was overly welcoming and our faith in Miami Music Week parties was restored.