No Sugar Added goes progressive for day 2 of the beach festival
Saturday’s blazing sun did little to stop No Sugar Added’s second day from packing out early with bikini-clad bodies, sun-kissed from a week spent in the Miami sun. In sharp contrast to day 1’s Music On and Defected stages, day 2 was a distinctly progressive and electro affair with Ministry of Sound, Musical Freedom, and Dancing Astronaut all curating their own stages at Nikki Beach.
From Ministry of Sound’s stage Danny Avila, Tim Mason, Chris Lake, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Funkagenda, AN21 and Max Vangeli, and Arty delivered stellar performances as patrons dancing atop day beds underneath the massive tent. The crowd, much larger than the previous day’s, casually drank Nikki Beach’s famous pitchers of mojitos and any number of the dayclubs signature cocktails. As the day progressed, revelers’ inebriation increased with the energy of the sets, ending in a fury with Arty’s blistering closing performance. As the sun set on Miami’s iconic day club, the party itself was just beginning.
With Musical Freedom and Dancing Astronaut taking over the inside of Nikki Beach after 9pm, the crowd swelled to meteoric proportions, making access to the club nearly impossible for those too slow to make their way inside. Upstairs, at the Musical Freedom stage Bassjackers, Alvaro, Dyro, Quintino, Sandro Silva, Showtek, Sidney Samson and Tommy Trash brought their heavy electro and dutch sensibilities to the 70s-style red room, where the day’s bikini clad revelers did little to cover up as they danced well into the morning hours. Musical Freedom labelhead TIesto made a surprise appearance, hopping behind the decks for a short set as the crowd looked on in excitement.
Below deck, the Dancing Astronaut stage was packed wall-to-wall, shoulder-to-shoulder, desperate to press themselves as close as possible to the stage. Headlined by none other than Michael Woods, the Dancing Astronaut stage featured an eclectic array of talents with Swanky Tunes, Dannic and the EC Twins delivering heavy progressive and electro-tinged sets, while TJR brought his hard hitting style to the inside of the day club, threatening to blow out the speakers with an unrelenting barrage of bass. Revealed Recordings head-honcho and DJMag’s #6 DJ in the world, Hardwell, also stopped by to pay a visit to the Dancing Astronaut stage, accompanying fellow Revealed artist Dannic behind the decks, entertaining the sold out crowd with his “Go Hardwell, or Go Home” style.
As the day winded down, No Sugar Added refused to let up, reaching the clubs capacity until nearly 4am when attendees finally started to trickle out. The weather combined with an all star line up at one of Miami’s most notorious day clubs proved the perfect way to spend a Saturday in the Florida sun, proving once again that Ultra may be larger but it certainly isn’t the only exciting festival during Miami Music Week.