Miami Music Week kicks off tomorrow: a unique six day session when it seems like almost every DJ on the planet will collide in Miami’s downtown and South Beach areas.
What began as a business-minded get-together 30 years ago has now become the staple calendar date for artists, DJs, labels, brands, clubs, promoters and music lovers to unite from every corner of the world’s dancefloor. From networking to twerking, all shades of activity are at play: big business deals, big blow-outs and, most importantly, big line-ups.
There are about 500 official and unofficial events around the Miami between March 24 – 29. While a good 80 per cent of them are house and techno, dig deep and you’ll find the right party for every possible electronic genre you can imagine.
Naturally with our signature penchant for low-end, we’ve pulled out some of the best bass-dedicated events. If you’re heading out this year these are all highly recommended. (And they’re just the tip of the MWM iceberg, check out Miami Music Week’s website for full listings)
Spoiler: Almost all the best parties happen on Thursday.
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Tuesday March 26
Official Circus Miami Party
Flux and P bring the heat to Miami with a firing family affair. With special guests Dirtyphonics and Kennedy Jones on board, this tickles all corners of the bass underbelly
Where? Grand Central, 10pm
Who’s playing? Dirtyphonics, Kennedy Jones, Flux Pavilion, Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, Funtcase, NGHTMRE, Cyran
Wednesday March 25
World Of Drum & Bass
The name says it all. A serious celebration of 170 legends old and new….
Where? The Bank, 10pm
Who’s playing? Drumsound & Bassline Smith, The Prototypes, DJ SS, Crissy Criss, Bailey, Random Movement, Modified Motion & Faction, NC-17, Legion and many many more!
Thursday March 26
Smog VS Firepower
A four room fire-up of obscene proportions: two of our favourite labels clash once again in the main room while added heat comes from Ram Records, All Trap Music and Twonk. Carnage will ensue…
Where? Mekka, 9pm
Who’s playing? Datsik, 12th Planet, Andy C, Delta Heavy, Loadstar, Optical, Antiserum, Herobust, Getter, Trollphace, Twine, Grabbitz, Fox Stevenson, Bear Grillz, Kayzo and many many many more!
HARD Miami Rump Shaker
Not content with hosting a house/future-focused event on the Wednesday with the likes of Tchami and Cajmere, HARD lets rip with a MASSIVE bass-minded shindig with some incredible names. Rump protection insurance advised.
Where? Grand Central, 10pm
Who’s playing? Knife Party, Zeds Dead, Salva, Jauz, Crookers, Hunter Siegel and many more
Unstoppable bass stalwarts Stanton Warriors touch down in Miami as part of their US Rebel Bass album launch tour. Spoiler: your booty will be bounced in all directions
Where? Therapy, 9pm
Who’s playing? Stanton Warriors, Craze, Worthy, Christian Martin, Deekline, Freestylers and many more
A daytime bash in Steam, downtown, the line-up for this is literally Stacked!
Who’s playing? Andy C, Au5, Dirtyphonics, Doctor P, Funtcase, Fox Stevenson, Getter, CRNKN, Flux Pavilion, Loadstar, Trollphace and stacks more
Disclosure Presents Wild Life (Part 1)
One for the deeper heads, Disclosure have curated two nights of Wild Life events with some fantastic programming… There are no other events where you’ll be able to catch UK garage don EZ on and Detroit techno legend Carl Craig! (For more of this wide-armed awesomeness, their second day at the Thompson Hotel with Claude VonStroke, Just Blaze, and Felix Da Housecat is well worth checking out too)
Where? SoHo Studios, 8pm
Who’s playing? Disclosure, Justin Martin, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, DJ EZ, Carl Craig
Beatgasm have set up shop at the Clevelander Hotel all week. Tonight they focus on Casablanca Records with special nocturnal pool party that’s free entry if you download their app.
Where? Clevelander Hotel, 11pm
Who’s playing? A-Track, Seven Lions, 3LAU, Gazzo, Broiler and more!
Friday March 27
Black Butter Presents
The ever-on-point Black Butter bring the goods to Treehouse for this all-angle bass/house/electronica showdown
Where? Treehouse, 10pm
Who’s playing? My Nu Leng, Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid, Wayward
OWSLA Pool Party
Fresh from releasing their epic OWSLA Spring Compilation 2015 Skrillex’s label family will be taking over the Clevelander Hotel for an all-day pool party showdown.
Where? Clevelander Hotel, 11am
Who’s playing? AC Slater B2B Jack Beats, Aryay, DJ Slink, Carmada, Getter B2B Trollphace, Mija, Milo & Otis, Salva, Snails, Valentino Khan, What So Not.
Future Sound Of Breaks
It’s another epic Mekka five-room floor-burner with every shade of bass imaginable. With over 100 acts secured, this is genuinely insane…
Where? Mekka, 10pm
Who’s playing? Calyx & TeeBee, Craze, Dirtyphonics, Funtcase, Cookie Monsta, UZ, Trollphace, Worthy, Staton Warriors, Tommmie Sunshine and loads more…
Cash Cash Miami Royalty
Looking for something more intimate? Check this regally themed shock-out hosted by Cash Cash…
Where? Cavalli Lounge, 11pm
Who’s playing? Cash Cash, Milo & Otis, Dannic, Dzeko & Torres, Posso
Saturday March 28
BNR 10 Years
Boys Noize celebrates a decade of label business with a really interesting all-direction line-up. Forward-thinking beats guaranteed.
When? Gramps Bar, 10pm
Who’s playing? Boys Noize, A-Track, Peaches, Destructo, Salva, SCNTST and more
Sunday March 29
Dirtybird Miami Music Week Closing Party
A staple of Miami Music Week for many years now, Claude VonStoke and his crew guarantee a left-sided tech-funk salute to the week that’s just passed…
When? Steam, 10pm
Who’s playing? Claude VonStoke, Justin Martin, Shiba San, J.Philp, Ardalan, Christian Martin
Buygore Pool Party
Ensuring a fittingly chaotic, bikini-clad close to Miami Music Week’s daytime party vibe, Borgore and friends will be taking over The National Hotel for a grand finale blow-out
When? National Hotel, 12pm
Who’s playing? Borgore, Panda Funk, Rain Man, Crichy Crich, Ghastly, Kayzo, Cedek, Boots & Pants and many more