Get to party plannin', raver. In just one week, Ultra Music Festival 2014 begins at downtown Miami's Bayfront Park. Arrive unprepared ... And you will be screwed. Of course, we mean: "Do not forget your cellphone and water-purification pills. Blah, blah, blah." But we also mean: "Put together a ti ... More >>
It's officially Ultra season, beat freaks. Just yesterday, the EDM fest announced its Phase Two lineup, adding Chance the Rapper, Miami's own DJ Craze, as well as the Diplo and Skrillex collab Just U, and 50 other acts to the party plan. But already the Ultra Music Festival peeps have followed up ... More >>
Spanish producer Henry Saiz first came to international prominence at the tail-end of the 2000s via releases on John Digweed's Bedrock Records, the global touchstone for progressive house. And Saiz would also go on to mix the 2011 installment of Balance, the prestigious mix series known for its prog ... More >>
If London is the mecca of the global electronic dance music scene, then surely Fabric could be considered the Kaaba. At least one pilgrimage to the monolithic nightclub is a requisite for international house and techno heads during their lifetime. But even for those who have never made the trip, t ... More >>
Under normal circumstances, Ultra Music Festival has pushed even the most seasoned EDM addicts to the very brink of physical and emotional collapse. But now UMF has expanded to two entire weekends (AKA six whole days), which just might turn certain (weaker) members of the Crossfade team into pathet ... More >>
We're going to be honest with you. When Ultra Music Festival announced its entire 2013 live stage lineup, we were underwhelmed. The scope of the roster was perfect, but it seemed to lack the kind of anchor act that sets the standard for everyone else. Last year, Ultra had Kraftwerk, Miike Snow, DJ ... More >>
Once an indie darling, he has coasted to superstardom on a wave of pure showmanship.
Ultra is more than an annual music festival. It's an EDM institution. Just like British house legend Carl Cox. Every year at UMF, the Carl Cox and Friends arena (which has been with the fest for its entire 15-year history) gets bigger, better, and brighter. But it doesn't only exist in Miami. It al ... More >>
And the uhntz-uhntz continues ... Last month, the Opium Group dropped its Phase One lineup for Miami Music Week 2013, revealing eight shows at four clubs: Mansion, Cameo, SET, and Mokai. Now almost exactly four weeks later, the clubbin' conglomerate has unveiled its Phase Two slate, including MMW ... More >>
With just 29 days till Downtown Miami's Bayfront Park becomes totally flooded with LED-wielding beat freaks ... Ultra Music Festival 2013 has announced its Phase 3 lineup. Among this final round of 40-plus acts: Intrepid Ultra defender Tommie Sunshine, along with Marco Bailey, Christian Smith, DJ M ... More >>
You know that terrifying wet dream where you're, like, a totally boner-worthy brain-eater locked inside a superchic warehouse space with a thousand other sexy zombies? There's blood and gore smeared all over the floor. The walls are rattling at 69 BPMs. And every undead perv in the place is humpin ... More >>
There are far too many electronic dance music artists blowing up because of sheer hype these days. Too many bedroom producers stitching tired old samples and DJ tools and saturating the market with unremarkable dancefloor fodder. But every once on a while, we're treated to flashes of genius, like t ... More >>
Check out today's top WMC and MMW parties -- plus Crossfade's fifteen best parties. Honestly, if you're gonna survive 96 hours of Winter Music Conference, Miami Music Week, and Ultra Music Festival, then your emergency EDM supply kit will need to include a gas mask, goggles, a bikini and/or bana ... More >>
Earlier this week, we told you about South Beach's Mansion kicking its headliner Dennis Ferrer off the decks mid-set for not playing "commercial enough." And then we followed up with Mr. Ferrer's remarks about the incident. Well, after much backlash and shit-talking about the nightclub from EDM ... More >>
That's it, folks! According to its website, Ultra Music Festival 2012 is officially sold out with 73 days remaining until the first day of the festival. This breaks last year's record, when tix sold out on February 18 with a full 34 days left before the fest.Of course, Ultra's 2012 lineup, feat ... More >>
There's not a hell of a lot of electronic dance music DJs from the old school who remain hip with today's young underground cognoscenti. But the UK's Danny Howells is definitely one of them. Maybe it's his boundless charisma behind the decks. Or his self-dubbed "deepsexyfuturistictechfunkhouse" ... More >>
Avicii: Ultra 2012's Saturday night headliner.Big news, beat freaks. After months of teases, hype, and promises that it "will be bigger than last year," there's finally been a major development in the ongoing saga of Ultra Music Festival's 2012 lineup. Of course, we here at Crossfade have spe ... More >>
Biz Martinez makes magic happen. And pulling rabbits out of hats is for amateurs. As music director and talent buyer for LIV and Arkadia at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Biz is the ringmaster, drawing big-ticket bookings week after week. Flash back to 2001 and you won't find that superhero stre ... More >>
Guy Gerber is that rare breed of electronic dance music producer who's always done his own thing. And "Stoppage Time," his 2004 breakthrough hit on John Digweed's Bedrock label, was a slice of epic big-room techno that became a global club anthem and continues to sell by the truckload.Today, Gerb ... More >>
The Electric PickleMiami is inseparable from her nightlife and clubs. But she's also a gold-digging, glamor-drunk whore. Ninety percent of the establishments around town (especially in South Beach) cater to people with a truly masochistic approach to nightlife, and it's all because of that in ... More >>
We are sort of stretching this since Winter Music Conference wrapped up Sunday, but it just took a while to finally sit down and process everything we did over the course of last week. But here it is, our final call on all the great and not-so-great things that we experienced last week.Photo by Sant ... More >>
Miami's techno heads can't complain about having nothing to do this Saturday night, with club Space featuring an all-night groove extravaganza that includes DJ sets by international sensations Mark Knight, Alexi Delano and Paul Ritch. Bestselling DJ/producer Mark Knight has gained substantial com ... More >>
DJ/producer Tim Green is on fire right now. The young London prodigy has enjoyed a meteoric ascension from bedroom producer to internationally-acclaimed artist since 2006, when his funked-up banging techno productions began to garner the attention and praise of top industry players like Pete Tong ... More >>
Find all the best parties taking place March 25-29.
Find all the best parties taking place March 24-29.
Boys NoizeNow that Ultra's lineup has finally been unveiled, it's time to move on the what the local clubs will be putting on. There are certain things we are concerned about for this year's Winter Music Conference: Are there going to be enough people in town this year to support all the events that ... More >>
It's all digital love for the superstar DJ this Sunday.
DJ and promoter Jon Cowan reopens his spot in the Shelborne Hotel by resurrecting, for one night, another ghost of South Beach club past: Groove Jet
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