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Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

There was even a free peep show.
There was even a free peep show.
All photos by Jacob Katel

Masquerade Motel Miami
Grand Central Park
Friday, March 23, 2012

Better Than:
Rollin' balls inside a Vicks vapor room with a stolen subwoofer.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel sent so much bass rumbling through Grand Central Park that you could feel it from your toes to your fingers and nose.

It was heavy. It was loud. And it banged harder than an orgy.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

The gates opened at 3 p.m. and the most fervent members of the 10,000-person crowd started showing up around then.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Security kept an eye on things as beat freaks assembled in the streets.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

They came by bus, rail, car, foot, board, and bike. They stood outside waiting for friends, bought scalper tickets, and eventually jumped in line, eager to check into the Masquerade Motel.

A lot of dudes wore these pants...

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Some people got lost on the way to Ultra and went to the wrong place. They had to turn around and walk their ass to Bayfront.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Big shout out to Rephlektor Inkorporated's Justin Kleinfeld for hooking up the access and making sure we got into the party.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

By 5:30 or so, the park was nearly full.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Alesso was on the decks, spinning a mix of popular music and pure beats that resonated with the mostly young crowd.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

The raised and tented VIP area, Room 101, was already stocked with models, bottles, and expensive drinkers.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Meanwhile in Swedish Mafialand...

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

 

The crowd was hungry for the party. The music kept them hyped.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

There were more hands in the air than camera phones and people styled hard everywhere you looked.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

The crowd: A split between tourists, locals, and tourists who've been here so many times they think they're locals.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

There was ass everywhere.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And lots of naked flesh.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

 

And everyone kept dancing.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Some brought fros.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

But everyone came to have a good time.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Even on the side of the stage.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

This chick even made her own headgear.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And there was plenty of pussy.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And other wild animals too.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

 

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

There were plenty of bars that stayed mobbed the whole time, but it never took long to get a drink.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Gastropod and Ms Cheezious food trucks were there keeping everybody fed.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap


The good life was in full effect.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And with plenty to write home about.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Wherever home may be...

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Like a beat freak nirvana.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

 

There were miracles.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And earplugs.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

These guys too.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Then Calvin Harris hit the stage and kept the bodies moving with the driving force of his beats and track selection.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

These girls raised the roof.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And she whipped her hair.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

This guy did the giraffe head.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

There were Masquerade Motel clerks in every corner of the venue. Even all the way in the back.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And as the sun went down, that's when the love began to flow.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

 

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

By this time, the front of the stage was breezy with weed smoke and menthol from all the Vicks. And then the office buildings at the Overtown Metro Rail complex lit up with these masks.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

The only thing that could have made the show better would have been a live DJ between sets instead of canned elevator music. They wouldn't have to set them up on the main stage. It was boring for about 20 minutes at a time. But people found ways to entertain themselves.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

 

Then a movie started running on the screen in front of the stage and people got excited for the big headliners. Swedish House Mafia was ready.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso dropped a huge beat and said hello to Miami.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

The bass was so intense it made your skull shake. People screamed. They yelled. They bounced. They rocked. They jumped. They shook. They fist-pumped and threw their hands in the air.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Then SHM broke the beat down, built it back up, and dropped it all over again.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

And again.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Cool vapors washed over the people with lasers, fireworks, smoke, and more visual spectacle than the greatest show on Earth.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Let's just say the people loved it. They all saw Molly dancing in the moonlight.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap
Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

They were even ridin' with the beat at the Rail station. And then they rode it all the way home.

Swedish House Mafia's Masquerade Motel Miami 2012: A 76-Photo Recap

Critic's Notebook

The Crowd: Rich and poor, young and old, foreign, local, drunk, stoned, rolling, and sober. All music lovers.

Set List: Who cares? The people danced all night and sang along when they knew the words. Swedish House Mafia did drop a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers record to round out the set, though.

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