Following a successful first outing along the shores of Virginia Key Beach last year, Rakastella has announced the initial lineup for its second edition in December.
The brainchild of two internationally adored techno labels, Innervisions and Life and Death, along with local promoters PL0T, Secret Garden, and the Electric Pickle crew's Where Are My Keys? project, Rakastella is a 14-hour dance party taking place during the height of Art Basel Miami on December 8. This year, Innervisions and Life and Death cofounders Dixon and DJ Tennis will be accompanied by fellow returning acts Âme and Red Axes. In addition, Rakastella's 2018 newcomers include disco savant DJ Harvey, Amsterdam-based techno fiend Job Jobse, maximalist German sound designer Apparat, and Trikk, a fast-rising Portuguese DJ-producer with releases on Innervisions and Optimo Trax.
Over his lengthy and celebrated career, DJ Harvey has become well known for both his over-the-top mixing style and the ease with which he curates long sets. In keeping with his exaggerated persona, Harvey explains his DJ'ing philosophy like this: "You can't understand the blues until you've had your heart broken by a woman. And you can't understand my music until you've had group sex on Ecstasy." It has rightfully become one of the most widely shared pull quotes in dance music.
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Last year’s inaugural edition of Rakastella hosted world-renowned musicians and selectors including Axel Boman and Moscoman alongside esteemed Miami locals such as Safe founder Diego Andres, Electric Pickle owner William Renuart, and Brother Dan, who was recently chosen as Miami New Times’ Best DJ of 2018. In a city as replete with nightlife options as Miami, Rakastella presents a unique opportunity to not only catch artists of this caliber all together but to do so in a location as singular and distinctly Miami as Virginia Key.
Rakastella. With Âme, Apparat, DJ Harvey, DJ Tennis, Dixon, Job Jobse, Red Axes, Trikk, and others to be announced. 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, December 8, at Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Key Beach Dr., Miami; 305-960 4600; virginiakeybeachpark.net. Tickets cost $78.75 to $168.75 via residentadvisor.net.