There’s a very simple reason that Miami Music Week is world-renowned: The quality and quantity of parties dotting the city’s landscape are unparalleled. We’re only a day away from the 2017 edition of Ultra Music Festival, but the road to Bayfront Park is littered with side streets leading to sick parties.
For the Day-Trippers
Mixmash Miami at Nikki Beach
While plenty of the artists performing at Ultra this weekend will stay busy playing before and after parties, Laidback Luke will have one of the more active and interesting Thursdays. Before he joins an all-star cast at Nikki Beach (Cash Cash, Cesqeaux, Deorro, Dyro, Florian Picasso, Inpetto, Lady Bee,
Oliver Heldens Presents Heldeep Pool at Delano Beach Club
It seems that as the years go by, MMW increasing becomes a numbers game — not so much the cost, but how many DJs can one party fit at a time. Oliver Helden’s pool party is no exception, and like Pete Tong, he doesn’t skimp on the roster, including Afsheen, Alok, Bakermat, Chris Lake, Dante Klein, SNBRN, Steve James, and Throttle. By the way, if this is too early for those of you not on spring break, Heldens, alongside Chocolate Puma and Jax Jones, will keep it going later tonight on E11even’s rooftop.
All Gone Pete Tong at the National Miami
The Godfather of Dance Music, Pete Tong, returns with a bunch of his talented friends and his wildly popular pool party. The ageless Tong will spin records back-to-back with fellow Englishman Nic Fanciulli. The BBC tastemaker will also have, among others, techno aficionado Joris Voorn and German duo Pan-Pot on the decks throughout the 11 hours of festivities.
Nicole Moudaber Presents MoodDay at the Raleigh Hotel
This mini music fest hosted by Ultra mainstay and Resistance brand ambassador Nicole Moudaber is a bonkers all-day affair. Featuring veteran house heroes Sasha and Josh Wink, this poolside party is a steal at just around $50.
For the Party Pirates
The Miami Life Aquatic
Those wishing to dance with their sea legs are in luck. The week holds a number of boat parties, some private and some public, some legal and some less so. The Miami Life Aquatic is a six-hour cruise featuring the likes of Cassy, James Zabiela, and Reboot aboard the Biscayne Lady. With music on the upper and lower decks and an open bar, it’s a good choice for those who want to escape the insanity of MMW (traffic and more traffic), but not completely.
Let's Get Naked "The Original Glow Body Paint Tour" (Miami Yacht Edition)
On the subject of boats and escaping: Perhaps a yacht dance party is old hat for the cool kids. Well, for those in the mood for something a little more risqué, how about some tasteful nudity? Or tasteless nudity? The Let's Get Naked "The Original Glow Body Paint Tour" sounds like the sort of shenanigans drunk college kids get into at Señor Frog's in Cancun, which, depending upon your age, is either awful or awesome. The party's motto tells you all you really need to know: “Let's Get Naked really means: Let's meet someone, dance, get painted, get crazy, and — why not? — get weird?!” Buy tickets at Eventbrite.
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For the Night Owls
Above & Beyond With Eric Prydz at the RC Cola Plant
Two of the biggest names in EDM — Above & Beyond and Eric Prydz — team up for an unforgettable night at the RC Cola Plant. For the second year in a row, Above & Beyond will headline its event in Wynwood at the outdoor space/graffiti gallery. It’s sure to be another brilliant two-hour set of lasers and digital love letters.
Martin Garrix at LIV
Perhaps the marquee event of the evening — and, unsurprisingly, also the most expensive ticket of the night at more than $90 — is Martin Garrix at LIV. The world’s number one DJ according to DJ Mag in 2016 isn’t old enough to drink at his own shows (he turns 21 this May), but he’s been entrancing rooms as big as LIV and bigger since he was a teenager.