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Miami Music Week Guide 2015: 25 Parties to Catch This Year

Miami Music Week 2015: 25 Parties to Catch This Year

It is undeniable that Miami Music Week is by far one of the most significant happenings throughout dance music’s humming calendar. These are the seven exalted days that set the tone for the remainder of the year; those whose names diffuse through the internet and word of mouth will prevail, whereas artists whose presence goes relatively unnoticed will often find success more difficult to attain.

Each year, the prodigious outpouring of pool parties and showcases forces fans to curate their agendas based upon lineups and what their budgets will allow. Here, we break down the 25 must-see parties to help ease the decision-making process.

Cajual vs. Relief

Green Velvet, Josh Wink, Shiba San, Technasia and Route 94 share one thing in common: a headlining spot during Cajual vs. Relief’s showcase on March 26th. Curtis Jones will make a double appearance under both his Green Velvet and Cajmere aliases as Cajual and its Relief offshoot go head-to-head at this year’s party, presented by Safe and Embrace. A standout among the deep and tech house-themed celebrations, Cajual vs. Relief caters to those looking to withdraw from Miami Music Week’s hustle and bustle.

Who: Green Velvet, Josh Wink, Route 94

Where: Treehouse

When: 3/26/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Disclosure Presents Wild Life

Guy and Howard Lawrence, the two infamous brothers that compose Disclosure, will present not one, but two back-to-back parties at Soho Studios. After witnessing Guy and Justin Martin perform alongside one another while sharing a slice of pizza on Holy Ship!, Miami may be in for a treat as the two re-unite on night one of Wild Life. The party’s second evening will receive support from Kevin Saunderson, Felix Da Housecat, Just Blaze, Claude VonStroke, and Jonas Rathsman, making for one of the week’s more eyebrow-raising lineups. 

Who: Night 1: Justin Martin, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, DJ EZ, Carl Craig/ Night 2: Felix Da Housecat, Just Blaze, Claude VonStroke, and Jonas Rathsman

Where: SoHo Studios 

When: 3/26/15 8pm-3am

Tickets: Poplife

Big Beat & Friends

Manhattan-based Big Beat Records achieved a milestone in January after hosting the all too familiar Friday-night Girls & Boys party at Webster Hall. Big Beat affiliates Knife Party, Cash Cash and Pierce Fulton performed before a swarming NYC crowd, but luckily the Atlantic Records subsidiary will return to Miami to present its annual Big Beat & Friends Pool Party. Galantis, Clean Bandit, Cash Cash and Hercules & Love Affair are just a few of the names that will appear at this year’s pool, but it wouldn’t be too far out of left field if The Chainsmokers, Flux Pavilion or Sick Individuals made special appearances.

Who: Galantis, Clean Bandit, Cash Cash

Where: Delano Beach Club

When: 3/26/15 2pm-11pm

Tickets: Wantickets

Spinnin' Sessions/Spinnin' Deep

Spinnin’ Records is more than merely a label. The Dutch imprint powers events, a weekly radio show and festivals around the globe and has become a staple in MMW’s impressive catalog of events. Due to popular demand, this year Spinnin’ Sessions will implement a second stage dedicated to Spinnin’ Deep – offering the expertise of Chocolate Puma, Sam Feldt, Watermät, and more. 

Who: Spinnin’ Sessions: Dubvision, Jay Hardaway, Michael Calfan/Spinnin’ Deep: Chocolate Puma, Danny Howard, Sander Kleinenberg 

Where: Nikki Beach

When: 3/25/15 12pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

No Sugar Added

Now in its fifth year, No Sugar Added has grown to fill the shoes of a mini-festival. Set to host six stages and 50 artists across two days at South Beach’s famed Nikki Beach, NSA’s stage curators include Together We Are, Panda Funk, Bingo Beach, Good Times Ahead and, for its fourth consecutive year, Dancing Astronaut. Fans choosing to skip out on Ultra can instead find themselves in the presence of tastemakers like Adventure Club, The Chainsmokers, Le Youth, Mija, Jack Beats and Destructo.

Who: Day 1: Adventure Club, The Chainsmokers, Arty, Day 2: Bingo Players, Chuckie, Cazzette

Where: Nikki Beach

When: 3/27/15/ – 3/28/15 12pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Papi Gordo & Friends

Carnage is on an unprecedented tear across live electronic music with one of the must in-demand shows that’s been dubbed ASOC and has been backed by what’s been known as Chipotle Gang. Appropriately, Papi Gordo himself gets his own party during Miami Music Week this year. Dubbed Papi Gordo & Friends, Carnage will take over E11EVEN with Chuckie, Nervo, and a slew of still unnamed special guests — but take the term “special” seriously with this event, just knowing the long-list of unexpected collaborators he’s worked with lately.

Who: Carnage, Chuckie, Nervo, Special Guests

Where: E11EVEN

When: 3/26/15

Tickets: 11Miami

DOORN Pool Party

Sander Van Doorn is a staple in the Winter Music Conference, bringing his brand to Miami each year with his own pool party. The DOORN Records pool party returns to The National for this year’s Miami Music Week, the proven perfect setting for himself and his affiliates to deliver their mayhem. Sander will be joined by DOORN regulars, Dubvision and Firebeatz being the most obvious, recent collaborator Julian Jordan and previous artists of the imprint from Ummet Ozcan and Mattise & Sadko.

Who: Sander Van Doorn, Dubvision, Firebeatz, Julian Jordan, Ummet Ozcan and more

Where: The National Hotel

When: 3/28/15 

Tickets: Wantickets

Black Butter Records/MK Presents Area 10

Treehouse understands the difficulties of picking and choosing, which is why on March 27th it will be hosting not one, but two separate parties. One room will host Black Butter Records affiliates Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng and Wayward, while another will feature MK’s Area 10 showcase. Confirmed artists include Lee Foss, Amine Edge & Dance, Beckwith and Dantiez Saunderson. Perhaps most appealing, however, is the Miami debut of Pleasure State (MK, Lee Foss and Annabel Englund).

Who: Pleasure State, Lee Foss, Amine Edge & Dance

Where: Treehouse

When: 3/27/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Crosstown Rebels present Get Lost Miami - 10th Session

Crosstown Rebels’ ‘Get Lost Miami’ takes the cake as this year’s longest-running party, dishing up a full 24 hours of music from upwards of 40 leaders of the scene. It seems that 2015 will be Get Lost Miami’s most robust year yet, as the party celebrates its 10th year with a cornucopia of artists across the board such as DJ Tennis, Thugfucker, Josh Wink, Agoria, Dubfire, Sasha, and Damian Lazarus himself. Brace yourselves for an entire day’s worth of partying as Crosstown Rebels descends on South Beach and brings the very best of what it has to offer.

Who: Damian Lazarus, Agoria, Carl Craig

Where: TBA

When: 3/28/15 – 3/29/15 5am-5am

Tickets: Resident Advisor

Dirtybird MMW Closing Party

Though the Dirtybird BBQ is a Miami tradition, the LA-based label has even more in store for fans this March. Also about to celebrate its 10th birthday, Claude VonStroke’s imprint has opted for Steam – a smaller, enclosed venue – in which attendees can enjoy a multitude of B2B sets featuring Justin Martin, Shiba San, J. Phlip, Ardalan, and Christian Martin. As one of the week’s closing parties, Dirtybird’s showcase is a sure-fire way to conclude your party streak in the finest of company.

Who: Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Shiba San

Where: Steam 

When: 3/29/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

X Miami

When it comes to Steve Angello, fans’ familiarity with Size Records is arguably much stronger than with his newer imprint, X. Debuted in 2013, X traverses the deep tech world – a departure from Angello’s signature, progressive style. While appearances of Steve’s second persona, Mescal Kid, have been rare, Miami is invited to soak in his darker side up-close and personal at the Delano on March 25th. Meanwhile, X members Trent Cantrelle, Armanda Pena, and Sonny Wharton will provide supporting sounds.

Who: Mescal Kid, Junior Sanchez, Todd Terry

Where: FDR at Delano

When: 3/25/15 11pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Perfecto Records 25th Anniversary Party

Paul Oakenfold is celebrating 25 years of his Perfecto Records, and its Miami bash will be nothing short of your standard, out-of-control Oakie throwdown. Taking to the basement of the Edition Hotel, its Edition Bowl which is literally a party venue with its own lanes for bowling, Paul Oakenfold has a seriously unique party amidst the standard Miami Music Week events.

Who: Paul Oakenfold & Special Guets

Where: Basement Miami and Basement Bowl @ The Edition Hotel

When: 3/27/15

Tickets: RA

Life and Death vs DFA: An Ocean Affair

Imagine boarding a 300-person yacht for a six-hour soiree on Miami’s scintillating waters. Now, imagine being stuck on that yacht with a prolific group of producers including Tale of Us, DJ Tennis, Thugfucker, James Murphy and Nancy Whang. There is nothing more integral to one’s Miami Music Week experience than discovering new artists and styles, and the makers behind “An Ocean Affair” promise an eye-opening event that will both confuse and inspire. Attendees seeking to more fully explore their identities as electronic music zealots will find Life and Death’s intimate yet compelling yacht party to overload the senses through extraordinary music amongst an oceanic backdrop.

Who: Tale of Us, James Murphy, DJ Tennis

Where: South Beach Lady Bayfront

When: 3/29/15 3:30pm-9pm

Tickets: Resident Advisor

Kryder and Tom Staar: Redlight Miami

Kryder and Tom Staar recruited an insane cast of characters for their Red Light Miami Showcase.  Before the duo go back-to-back, a handful of top notch talent will run the gamut of electronic music at Miami’s STEAM nightclub.

Who: Kryder, Tom Staar, Arno Cost, Danny Howard, Marcus Schossow, Michael Brun, Michael Calfan, Norman Doray, Sebjak, Maxum, Nico De Andrea

Where: STEAM

When: 3/27/15 10pm-5am

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Dim Mak Beach Party/Up All Night/Runnin'

Five years strong, Dim Mak expects to see its largest Miami Music Week party to date. 3 Are Legend, consisting of Steve Aoki, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, will make its first public appearance of 2015 in beachside style, with additional guests including Benny Benassi, SBCR, Borgore, and Deorro, to name a few. The party will begin at Nikki Beach’s superlative outdoor oasis, and as nighttime approaches will gravitate towards the day and night club’s lavish indoor space to transition into the ‘Up All Night’ after-hours gathering. Dim Mak will also premiere their new ‘Runnin” party, which will showcase the artistry of Cuff members including Amine Edge & Dance, A-Trak, and Craze.

Who: 3 Are Legend, Benny Benassi, SBCR/Amine Edge & Dance, A-Trak, Craze

Where: Nikki Beach

When: 3/26/15 12pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets


In the last two years, Nicky Romero’s #Protocol305 party has earned the reputation as a Miami Music Week must-see. Last year, the Dutch producer’s Miami Reboot party starred electro house luminaries R3hab, Nervo, and John Dahlback at LIV’s ritzy Ocean Club, attracting a sold-out crowd despite the Fontainebleau’s less attractive mid-beach location. This March, Deniz Koyu, Arno Cost, Ansolo, Blinders and Rico & Miella will represent the Protocol family at Miami’s supreme Washington street strip venue, Mansion.

Who: Nicky Romero, Ansolo, Deniz Koyu

Where: Mansion 

When: 3/28/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Armin Van Buuren and Friends at Mansion

Armin Van Buuren is taking over Mansion Miami on Wednesday night to spark a week’s worth of incredible performances during Miami Music Week. He’ll have a handful of his friends in tow but he’s keeping them under wraps. The surprise will be well worth the wait.

Who:Armin Van Buuren and Friends

Where: Mansion

When: 3/25/15 10pm-5am

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Red Bull Guest House

Red Bull Guest House’s rich schedule is filled to the brim with showcases led by brands such as HARD, Young Money, and Rumors, with countless surprises in between. Talent projected to appear at the third annual Art Hotel takeover range from Duke Dumont to Seth Troxler to Lil Wayne, with the Traktor Cookery School serving food for guests each day from 2-4pm.

Who: Lil Wayne, Kygo, Seth Troxler

Where: The Art Hotel

When: 3/26/15 – 3/29/15 

Cedric Gervais at LIV

Start your week off right at Miami’s LIV with Cedric Gervais and Chris Lake. The Grammy-winning producer and Chris Lake will be keeping things dance and bottle popping friendly on Wednesday at Miami’s most exclusive club.

Who:Cedric Gervais and Chris Lake

Where: LIV

When: 3/25/15 10pm-5am

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BT's Electronic Opus

Triple platinum, electronic musician, BT will be hosting the most ambitious event of the entire week at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. His Electronic Opus concept features a full orchestra, motion-tracking, 3d mapping, and 2 hours worth of his incredible productions. This isn’t a party so much as it is a truly unique musical experience.

Who: BT

Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

When: 3/29/15 8pm-11pm

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HARD Miami/HARD Miami Rump Shaker

On the heels of completing two Holy Ship! voyages, HARD’s intent to gain momentum as a national leader doesn’t stop there. The cruise, concert brand and soon-to-be touring festival will fulfill its yearly Miami Music Week duties in returning to Grand Central for two nights of deep house and bass. Maya Jane Coles, Tchami, Amine Edge & Dance and Amtrac will grace night one while Knife Party, Zeds Dead and Salva will take on HARD Miami’s Rump Shaker party the following evening.

Who: Maya Jane Coles, Tchami, Cajmere

Where: Grand Central

When: 3/25/15 – 3/26/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: HARD

Axtone presents Axwell

One of the biggest pool parties in Miami goes down on Friday at the Surfcomber. Axtone records takes over with a stellar lineup headlined by label head honcho Axwell. It’s also Axtone’s tenth anniversary, so expect some incredible surprises from the label that’s spent its entire existence at the forefront of electronic music.

Who: Axwell, Amtrac, Chocolate Puma, Deniz Koyu, Kryder, Shapov, Tom Staar

Where: Surfcomber

When: 3/27/15 12pm-11pm

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All Gone Pete Tong

There is no better way to prepare for a weekend chock-full of pool parties, showcases and evening parties galore than to experience some of house music’s finest at Pete Tong’s annual All Gone Pete Tong party. The forecast will be tropical and deep, what with stars like Deep Dish, Duke Dumont, Hot Since 82 and Thomas Jack set to take over The Surfcomber Hotel on March 26th.

Who: Pete Tong, Deep Dish, Hot Since 82, Duke Dumont, Skream

Where: Surfcomber Hotel

When: 3/26/15

Tickets: Wantickets

20th annual Ovum party

Want to see even more of what Miami Music Week is made of? Look no further than the 20th annual Ovum party. Slated for Saturday night through early morning at Do Not Sit On The Furniture, veteran house maestro and multi-skilled vinyl DJ Josh Wink takes the lead and looks to bring a deep roster of true talent. Take the venue’s name literally, stand up and make your way to the dance floor.

Who: Josh Wink & Special Guests

Where: Do Not Sit On The Furniture

When: 3/28/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Last Resort

Embrace and Liaison Artists return to Miami Music Week with Last Resort, the proper send off to a week’s worth of partying in the Miami sun. A stacked roster that includes some of the best acts in the underground, including Maya Jane Coles, Catz N’ Dogz, Ben UFO, and Maceo Plex, Last Resort is the ideal finale for any fans looking to shy away from South Beach’s extravagance for Mana Winwood North’s downtown character.

Who: Anja Schneider, Ben UFO, Catz N’ Dogz, Danny Daze, Detroit Swindle, Dixon, Hunter/Game, Jackmaster, Maceo Plex, Mano Le Tough, Maya Jane Coles, The Drifter, Thugfucker

Where: Mana Winwood North

When: 3/29/15 12pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Pryda at Space Miami

Eric Prydz returns to Space this year for a marathon of music at one of the most iconic clubs in Miami. Soundtracked by Claude VonStroke, Jeremy Olander, Joris Voorn and Kolsch, the Pryda at Space Miami soiree will run for 16 hours.  That’s not a typo.

Who: Eric Prydz, Claude Vonstroke, Jeremy Olander, Joris Voorn, and Kolsch

Where: Space

When: 3/27/15 10pm-2pm

Tickets: Wantickets

Dada Land Compound

Olle and Stefan are bringing an eclectic cast of characters to this year’s Dada Land compound. A party that’s guaranteed to be one of Miami Music Weeks’ rowdiest, Dada Life will be joined by Andyboy, Bixel boys, Henry Fong, LOUDPVCK, Morgan Page, Tritonal and some very special guests.  If champagne, bananas, and a heavy-helping of high-octane party music is what you’re after, take a trip to Dada Land.

Who: Dada Life, Andyboy, Bixel Boys, Henry Fong, LOUDPVCK, Morgan Page, Tritonal and special guests.

Where: Mana Wynwood

When: 3/28/15 10pm-5am

Tickets: Wantickets

Generation Wild

Generation Wild returns to Miami for another year of high energy progressive house. Carrying the torch for anthemic electronic music, Deniz Koyu and Danny Avila will lead an army of the best in the progressive biz during their Generation Wild party at the idyllic Nikki Beach. Thomas Gold, Tujamo, D.O.D., MOTi, Tom Swoon, HIIO, DJ Nano join the cast for what plans to be one of Miami’s most wild parties.  And when you’ve got Kirill Was Here doing the photography you know anything can happen.

Who: Deniz Koyu, Danny Avila, Thomas Gold, Tujamo, DOD, MOTi, Tom Swoon, HIIO, DJ Nano

Where: Nikki Beach

When: 3/29/15 12pm-11pm

Tickets: Wantickets

Hardwell Presents Revealed at Story

Hardwell and Revealed need no introduction. The two time DJ Mag #1 is taking over STORY with his Revealed family in tow. Dannic, Headhunterz, KILLTHEBUZZ, and Thomas Newson will join Robbert on Wednesday night to kick start Miami Music Week with a big room showcase guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your feet moving.

Who: Hardwell, Dannic, Headhunterz, KILLTHEBUZZ, Thomas Newson

Where: STORY

When: 3/25/15 10pm-5am

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Coldharbour Night at Space

Want to know a little secret? Danny Tenaglia will be going B2B with Markus Schulz late into the night at this one. Shh.

Who: Markus Schulz, Danny Tenaglia, Khomha, Nifra and more

Where: Space

When: 3/26/15 12pm-11pm

Tickets: Wantickets

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