Miami Music Week

The Ten Best Miami Music Week 2018 Parties

Idris Elba
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Choosing where to go on a regular Miami weekend is hard enough. Miami Music Week turns that conundrum into a Sophie's choice.

Allow this writer, an MMW veteran, to impart some sage advice: Don't try to make it to every party. Unless you can fast-track Elon Musk's Hyperloop within the next few days, it'll be impossible to be several places at once. Accept that you'll experience some FOMO throughout the week.

Another pro tip: Skip most of the pool parties. Unless you're here solely for the spring-break-rager aspect, pool parties are an awful way to experience DJ sets. The sound is rarely as good as anything you'll hear at one of the city's many nightclubs. Instead, go nocturnal and stay out well past sunrise, because if you're sleeping at 5 a.m., you're doing it wrong.

But whatever your dance music flavor — EDM, techno, house, drum 'n' bass, dubstep — pick the parties you like. Here are some highlights to get you started.
Bedrock Miami. English producer John Digweed doesn't need an introduction. The 51-year-old is a dance music legend. Every year, he hosts his Bedrock party, which sees the icon spinning an extended set that lasts several hours — the way dance music ought to be consumed. This year is no different, except for opener Tara Brooks, who is best known for her residencies at Desert Hearts and Subtract Music in Los Angeles. 10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at SQL, 30 NE 14th St., Miami; 786-542-0156; sqlmiami.com. Tickets cost $40 via electrostub.com.
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Idris Elba
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Hot Since 82 and Idris Elba. The celebrity DJ is not a new phenomenon, but make no mistake, Idris Elba is the real deal. The Golden Globe-winning actor began his DJ career long before he became a Hollywood A-lister. Elba has DJ'ed at events such as Glastonbury and Ibiza's Pacha. If you need any reassurance that the night won't completely go awry, Hot Since 82 is also on the bill, bringing his own house-music expertise. 10 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Basement Miami, 2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 786-257-4548; basementmiami.com. Tickets cost TBD.
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Chris Liebing
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Rapture Electronic Music Festival. Didn't snag tickets to Ultra? Were you mainly interested in it for the Resistance lineup? Taking place in Virginia Key Beach Park, Rapture promises a who's who of underground dance acts in a natural setting. Luciano, Guy Gerber, and Chris Liebing will headline along with Art Department, Butch, Hernan Cattaneo, M.A.N.F.L.Y., tINI, and others. 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Virginia Key Beach Park, 4020 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami; 305-960-4600; virginiakeybeachpark.net. Tickets cost $80 to $150 via residentadvisor.net.
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Game of Throwdowns 2. Unlike the HBO show that's on hiatus until 2019, Games of Throwdowns is back this year for a second edition. Like the seven kingdoms of Westeros, the gathering brings together breakbeat, drum 'n' bass, UK garage, trance, and other styles for a unified party under the auspicious motto "Party for the crown." DJ Icey, Deekline, Keith MacKenzie, Seth Vogt, and others will compete for the Iron Throne. 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at Drinkhouse Fire & Ice, 1672 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-2423; sobefireice.com. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com.
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Porter Robinson
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Virtual Self. Porter Robinson is bringing his side project Virtual Self — which Billboard describes as blending "house, happy hardcore, garage, and techno into some kind of wonderful, nostalgic/futuristic brilliance" — to Ultra this year. But if you want to catch the project in a more intimate space, Robinson is set to take over Space's first floor, the Ground. Though the show is sold out, sources say some tickets might become available through fan-club sales and at the door, so check back often. 11:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Ground, 34 NE 11th St., Miami; 305-375-0001; thegroundmiami.com. Tickets are sold out.
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Jose D. Duran is the associate editor of Miami New Times. He's the strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's cultural scene since 2006. He has a BS in journalism and will live in Miami as long as climate change permits.
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