In a few days time, one of the biggest events in the EDM will start once again: Miami Music Week. Running on March 24-29, 2015, MMW spans the city of Miami with an impressive roster of club parties, pool parties, lounge parties, mini-festivals and more. This year, we've decided to break the parties down across three categories: headliner parties, underground parties and bass parties.
For each list, a dedicated team at EDM.com has worked to give our readers insight into what we believe represent the best parties for this year. Whether it be getting it down with Destructo and the HARD crew at Grand Central or losing yourself until the early morning with Damian Lazarus and Claude VonStroke, this will be an all-inclusive guide to underground parties, so you can make the most out of your Miami Music Week experience.
Tuesday, March 24th
Sydney Blu Presents The 6th Annual Blu Party @ STEAM Miami
Kicking off our list of underground parties at Miami Music Week is the 6th Annual Blu Party presented by Sydney Blu. One of the most buzzed about events year in and year out, the Blu Party is an old-school house fan’s dream. It’s not often that fans have the opportunity to catch Kevin Saunderson, considered by many as one of the forefathers of dance music as a member of the Bellevue Three in Detroit. Joining the techno legend is Doorly, Pleasurekraft, Christian Smith, amongst many others at this all day, all night party.
The event is restricted to those that are 21+, and early bird tickets will run you $20 + fees, so snag yours here.
Wednesday, March 25th
HARD Miami @ Grand Central
HARD Presents has become a worldwide brand thanks to the work of its CEO, Destructo, has done establishing the company in dance music hotspots like Los Angeles and Miami. HARD Miami is one of their iconic events, and since it takes place during Miami Music Week, Mr. Richards has a wealth of talent to choose from when it comes to booking the lineup - and he didn’t disappoint. For fans of the grimier, darker side of house - HARD Miami is just for you. From French future house pioneer, Tchami, to the flagbearers of g-house, Amine Edge & DANCE, to the house legend, Cajmere, this event runs from 10 pm to the early hours of morning, so don’t miss out.
Luckily for the youngsters, HARD Miami is 18+, and tickets start at $30.
Dusky @ Treehouse
For those that can’t make it to HARD Miami, have no fear, as Dusky will be hosting an extended set at Treehouse Nightclub. As the only appearance in Miami during Miami Music Week, Dusky’s set at Treehouse is sure to be one for the ages. Joining them at the nightclub is fellow UK talents, Jackmaster, KiNK, and Skream, amongst others, which is sure to make for a memorable night.
Tickets for the 21+ event start at $25 without fees, and you can purchase it here.
X Miami @ FDR at the Delano Hotel
Since its inception in 2013, Steve Angello’s X imprint has made quite a mark in the underground deep house and techno scene, serving as an outlet for the former Swedish House Mafia member to release quality house and techno. During Miami Music Week, X wil be hosting a special, one-of-a-kind showcase that presents multi-generational talent within the house and techno realms in a way that’s never been done before. The showcase will feature a very special headlining performance by Mescal Kid, along with Junior Sanchez, My Digital Enemy, Trent Cantrelle, and more.
The first three tiers of tickets are already sold out to this 21 and over event, but tickets are still available for $50 + fees, and they’re moving fast, so make sure to get one quick.
Thursday, March 26th
All Gone Pete Tong @ Surfcomber Hotel
Coming into its 9th year, Pete Tong’s All Gone Pete Tong party at the Surfcomber Hotel has become an icon of Miami Music Week. Regardless of everything else going on in Miami during the week, Pete Tong’s pool party at Miami has become one of the week’s can’t-miss events, as the instantly recognizable voice of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix curates a lineup that combines forward-thinking DJs with the hottest producers of the moment. In addition to featuring Pete Tong, the All Gone Pete Tong pool party will also be welcoming the iconic duo, Deep Dish, the London-based trio, Disciples, the house icon, Hot Since 82, and more.
The party starts at noon and runs all day until 11 pm, just in time for you to head home and get ready for your night plans. Early bird “Before 2 PM” tickets and “All Day” tickets are already sold out, while regular “Before 2 PM” and “All Day” tickets are at high risk of selling out, so move fast and get your tickets now!
Toolroom in STEREO @ National Hotel
Started by Mark Knight in 2003, Toolroom Records has become synonymous with quality house and tech house since its inception, and the head honcho, Mark Knight, is hosting a Toolroom showcase with some of the best artists signed to the imprint. Mark Knight will be joined by the Iberican duo, Chus & Ceballos, along with Umek, Technasia, Dosem, Prok & Fitch, Adrian Hour, Rafa Barrios, and Weiss at this all-day pool party where you can dance away your thoughts in the bright Miami sun.
“Before 2 PM” tickets start at $50, while “All Day” tickets start at $65, but both are at a high risk of selling out, so buy yours now!
CUFF Showcase @ Nikki Beach
The pioneers of g-house, Amine Edge & DANCE, are bringing their newly launched record label, CUFF, to Miami for one of the week’s best events. Joining the duo will be the legendary DJ, A-Trak, in addition to Felix Da Housecat, DMC champion, DJ Craze, and a former member of the 2Live Crew, Uncle Luke, for a showcase that is sure to bring the party.
Tickets start at $15, and not only will they get you into the CUFF party that runs from 10 pm - 5 am, but also into Dim Mak’s almost sold out Up All Night event as well!
Nightbass @ Grand Central
Bass music fans, rejoice! AC Slater’s Nightbass has become synonymous with the rising future bass and future house movement, and the brand has been extending its Los Angeles parties into Miami. The first “Light Bass Pool Party” of its kind will see AC Slater go back to back with the jackin house duo, Jack Beats, along with performances by Destructo, Amtrac, Shift K3y, and Yolanda Be Cool providing some of the best booty-bouncing house music around.
Early bird round 1 tickets are sold out, but early bird round 2 tickets are on sale for $15. The sale ends on March 20th so act fast!
Wild Life @ SoHo Studios
Disclosure first introduced their Wild Life concept in New York on New Years Eve, and it served as one of the biggest and most buzzed about events that rang in the new year. Now, the UK-based duo is back, bringing the show down to Miami for a special event at the SoHo Studios. The show kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 3 am, and will host Disclosure playing a DJ set, dirtybird’s own Justin Martin, a DJ set courtesy of TEED, DJ EZ, and a special guest appearance by the legendary Carl Craig.
The event is 18+, tickets start at $50, and you can buy them here.
Friday, March 27th
Black Butter Records & MK Presents Area 10 @ Treehouse
The start of Ultra Music Festival doesn’t mean that the events surrounding Miami Music Week are slowing down at all, and this party at Treehouse runs from 10 pm - 5 am, the perfect after party for Ultra Music Festival for house heads. One ticket will get you into both shows at Treehouse that night, as Black Butter Records comes together with MK Presents to deliver a lineup featuring Gorgon City, Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Pleasure State, Lee Foss, Amine Edge & DANCE, and more.
Treehouse is 21+, and tickets to Black Butter Records & MK Presents Area 10 start at $25 + fees.
SWEAT IT OUT! Pool Party @ Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach
Those of you that are in Miami, but don’t have tickets to Ultra Music Festival, can breathe easy, as Miami Music Week presents ample opportunities to catch your favorite DJs outside of the festival in more intimate settings. The SWEAT IT OUT! Pool Party, hosted by Gotta Dance Dirty and Miami-based music brand, Red Rabbit Presents, runs from noon until 10 pm on the Friday of Ultra, and aims to bring the attention of Miami Music Week back to the music with a star-studded lineup. AC Slater, Amine Edge & DANCE, Anna Lunoe, Destructo, Wax Motif, What So Not, and many more are all slated to play at the Shelborne Wyndham hotel pool for a party that you don’t want to miss.
Ladies early bird GA is already sold out, but ladies GA tickets start at $25, while GA starts at $30.
Saturday, March 28th
Crosstown Rebels Presents Get Lost @ TBA
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the iconic Get Lost in Miami means that Damian Lazarus and Crosstown Rebels had no choice but to go big. The 10th rendition of this Miami Music Week event will run for 24 hours, from 5 am on Saturday, March 28th to midnight until 5 am on Sunday, March 29th. Get Lost’s 2015 edition will feature a never-before-seen venue for a lineup of over 40 artists, to celebrate the monumental milestone and the history that Get Lost has made in its past.
The majority of tickets to Get Lost are sold out, but the final release tickets are going for $80 + fees. If there’s one party that I wouldn’t miss, it’s this one.
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The Magician Presents POTION @ Mondrian South Beach
After the recent inception of his POTION label, The Magician has another trick up his sleeve, as he’s bringing his unique brand of music stateside to Miami. A pool party that runs from 2 pm until 8 pm, the POTION pool party will be six hours of heady house music that we can’t get enough of. In addition to The Magician, rounding out the lineup is Jonas Rathsman, Watermat, and Moonboots.
The event is restricted to those 21 and over, and tickets are on sale for $20 + fees here.
Sunday, March 29th
dirtybird 10 @ STEAM
Closing out this festive week is none other than the iconic West Coast label, dirtybird. Known for their unique brand of booty-shaking house music, dirtybird is climbing up the ranks of the musical elite, and are considered by many as one of dance music’s premier brands. It’s rare to find a record label with members as close as the dirtybird fam, which often leads to surprise back to back sets and great fun for all, and this Miami Music Week closing party is no different. Head honcho, Claude VonStroke, is expected to perform back to back with dirtybird mainstay, Justin Martin, while label newcomers Shiba San and J. Phlip try their hand together and veteran Christian Martin hops on stage with the Iranian-born Ardalan.
Tickets are probably going to sell out, but they’re going for $40 + fees, which is a steal. Snag your tickets here and close out MMW right.
Last Resort @ Mana Wynwood
The other option underground fans have to close Miami Music Week is the Last Resort event at the Mana Wynwood. Starting on Sunday, March 29th at noon and “runnin’ until late,” the Last Resort party will be home to some of the best names in house music in Maya Jane Coles, Maceo Plex, Jackmaster, Catz N’ Dogz, Danny Daze, and more.
General admission is $65 + fees, and you can grab tickets here.