Every year in March, Florida’s metropolis Miami is literally invaded by electronic music fans from all over the world. The reason behind this mass migration towards the “Vice City” is the Miami Music Week.
The highlights of the MMW, as every year, will be the Winter Music Conference from 20th to 22nd, and Ultra Music Festival from 23rd to 25th. In addition, pool parties organized by the most influential DJ, producers and labels will take place all over the city. Following, our recommendations for your MMW experience.
The Groove Cartel brings you the ultimate Miami Music Week guide for the hottest week of the year.
Tuesday, March 20th: Black Lizard Beats @ The Langford Hotel
The first event to attend as soon as you arrive in town is Leandro Da Silva‘s label showcase, Black Lizard Beats. The Italian DJ & producer has had an incredible 2017, being rewarded with the #11 spot in the Top 101 Producers drafted by 1001 Tracklists, and his label gained support all over the world. At this party, you will find tribal and jackin’ house beats delivered by ASCO, Jude & Frank, Al Sharif and many more.
Wednesday, March 21st: Axtone Party @ Delano Beach Club
Axwell’s legendary Axtone label has been organizing parties at Delano Beach Club for some years, and 2018 is no different: the Swedish label invites its’ artists and some special guests in the relaxing atmosphere of the Delano to deliver a mix of progressive, groovy and housey vibes. Matisse & Sadko, Tom Staar, Bob Sinclar are only three of the top DJs who will perform along with the head honcho Axwell for one our favorite labels’ party: you just can’t miss it.
Thursday, March 22nd
Since this day is full of amazing events, we suggest you our favorites.
Above & Beyond: Common Ground Miami @ RC Cola Plant
Miami Music Week doesn’t mean pool parties filled with house vibes only. At the industrial basement RC Cola Plant you will be able to join Above & Beyond and part of the Anjunabeats roster to enjoy some real progressive house and trance.
Nicky Romero & Friends @ ORA Miami
Another classic party during the MMW is Nicky Romero’s label one, Protocol Miami: fusing big room, prog and groove, this gig is one of the most various events scheduled for this week of fun. Joining the boss Romero, D.O.D, Sunstars, Raiden, Disco Fries, Antoine Delvig and Breathe Carolina. To celebrate this event, Protocol has released his MMW 2018 compilation.
MK presents AREA 10 @ National Hotel
English house producer Mark Kinchen has announced a superb party in an even more amazing venue, the 4-stars National Hotel. This incredible place will host one of the hottest party of the week: house and tech-house will dominate, as the guests are some of the biggest exponents of these genres. Apart from MK, you will be able to listen to CamelPhat, Solardo, Will Clarke and more while relaxing at the poolside with a good glass of gin & tonic. A must for every house aficionado.
Friday, March 23rd
Virtual Self @ The Ground
There’s not a lot to say about Porter Robinson’s side project Virtual Self. If you’re in Miami, you just can’t miss this exclusive 3-hour set at The Ground basement, since there’s nothing comparable to a Virtual Self show.
Kryder & Tom Staar present Cartel @ HEART
The two founders of the Groove movement join their forces into the Cartel showcase at the beautiful HEART nightclub. This party will have one of the best lineups, as CID, Frank Nitty, Chocolate Puma, Mercer and Mat.Joe will take over the decks.
Saturday, March 24th
Saturday’s main attraction will be Cirez D & Adam Beyer event, but it’s sold out. So, if you weren’t fast enough to purchase your tickets, here’s where you can go party.
Kompakt Showcase @ Club Space Miami
German label Kompakt is a stalwart in the techno scene thanks to its unique signature sound, and thanks to the fact that is home to Kolsch. So if you’re looking for a different night, but you don’t like mainstream and heavy techno, Kompakt label night is perfect for you. At the decks, you will catch Kolsch, Patrice Baumel, John Tejada and Sonns.
David Guetta @ LIV
If you’re more into EDM and Kolsch’s melodic techno bores you – don’t panic, uncle David got you covered. The French legend will host a party at one of the coolest clubs in the city, LIV. Guetta invited his French mate Michael Calfan and the British hit-maker Jonas Blue to join him at this amazing venue. But be careful, tickets are quite expensive. Event page here.
Sunday, March 25th
If you still want to party, this is the last day. There are still a couple of cool events to attend!
Sosumi Records Rooftop Pool Party @ W Miami
You just can’t miss this party. Alongside the label’s boss Kryder, this enormous lineup will provide 9 hours of non-stop “Earth-shaking house grooves” on the rooftop of the beautiful W Miami Hotel, where you will be able to admire the entire city. And it will cost you only 15$. Wow.
If you can’t be in Miami, don’t worry, because the party will be streamed on Sosumi Records website.
Anjunabeach Miami @ 1 Hotel Beach
Anjunadeep event on the 24th is sold out, but the Anjunabeach showcase is outdoors: there’s plenty of space on the beach in front of the 1 Hotel. This event features all the Anjuna habituès, from Jason Ross hitting progressive trance to Spencer Brown‘s deep and melodic vibes, plus some special guests, probably the label’s head honchos Above & Beyond.
We hope this post will help you in finding your perfect party. Have fun!