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.
basementmiami.com. Tickets cost TBD.
virginiakeybeachpark.net. Tickets cost $80 to $150 via residentadvisor.net.
sobefireice.com. Tickets cost $25 via eventbrite.com.
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.