Winter Music Conference

Flying Circus 2013 With M.A.N.F.L.Y., Tiefschwarz, Azari & III at Villa 221 March 20

Going on its sixth annual edition, Flying Circus has emerged as one of Winter Music Conference's foremost midweek parties.

Last year, Luca Saporito of UK DJ-production duo Audiofly reminisced with New Times about the fateful day in 2008 when he teamed up with SAFE Miami to launch the party at the last minute.

"I remember that day as if it was today," he told us. "I was in Toronto at the time, and [SAFE's Diego Martinelli] asked if I wanted to put on a party at Nikki Beach during WMC. I said, 'Yes, of course.' And within 48 hours, I had some of the best talent in the world agreeing to play for it."

But it's not just the formidable DJ lineups that keep international revelers coming back each year. Flying Circus may have been born in Miami, but it has since grown into a renowned global party franchise with outposts around the planet. Locals and jet setters alike have come to expect a world-class vibe at the party.

"Heiko Goetze — now director of Flying Circus — brought it from being a party that we occasionally did around the world to a worldwide recognizable brand in a matter of months," Saporito explained. "Since that first time in Miami, Flying Circus has been to Lima, Moscow, Barcelona, Mexico, London, Georgia, and Ibiza, to name just a few."

This year's Flying Circus lineup in Miami certainly has no shortage of heavyweights, including hugely hyped newer acts such as Azari & III, Benoit & Sergio, and Tone of Arc doing it live alongside beloved DJ veterans like M.A.N.F.L.Y. (M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Audiofly) and Tiefschwarz. And as with sister party Last Resort, the 2013 setting at Villa 221 should provide an epically special vibe all its own.

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Sean Levisman

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