Your flight is booked, and your hotel is paid for. Congrats! You’re going to Miami Music Week! But you still have no idea what you’re doing on that marvelous weekend in March. You thought Ultra might be cool, until you realized it’s hella expensive and you might not want to be cramped in the sardine can that is Bayfront Park. Your crew decided instead to do the pool parties and late night after-hours events, but you don’t even know where to start planning.
WHEN ARE PARTES ANNOUNCED?
Most Miami Music Week parties will be announced in late January and February. Don’t feel bad about not having any party plans until at least mid-March. Most events are being ticketed through this website, so scroll down to March to check out what has been announced so far.
WHO’S THROWING PARTIES?
Some DJs and promoters are known to throw recurring parties every single year. For example, the local Made in Miami Party in its 12th year running is back at The National hotel. Above and Beyond will be hosting their headlining show in Wynwood for the second year in a row featuring Eric Prydz (not to be confused for the long-running annual Anjunabeats party at the Raleigh Hotel.) Nikki Beach will be hosting their Electric Beach party for the seventh year, and the popular 2 day mini beach festival No Sugar Added will take place on Friday and Saturday. But always keep your eyes open for something new, like this year’s Monstercat Uncaged event on Sunday, the label’s first ever Miami Music Week party.
Miami Music Week is one of the most coveted global gatherings of DJs and producers in the world. Most artists will play one or multiple events over the course of the week. However, be aware that if your favorite artist is booked to play Ultra, they will most likely not be playing any other parties due to exclusivity contracts (some of the larger artists may be exempt from this rule.)
I find that the best way to keep up with which parties are announced is by following your favorite artists on social media. They will make a big deal out of their Miami Music Week showcase event and their followers will be the first to know.
Peep our list below for events that have been announced! (But also check here for the most updated list)
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH MIAMI MUSIC WEEK PARTIES TO PICK?
This is the age old question… HOW do you narrow it down and figure out a schedule? In my personal experience, it doesn’t pay to buy a ticket to the first party you see because, well…. there might be a better one announced later on. Also, don’t base your decisions on last year’s lineups. These parties are a completely different animal every single year and repeat lineups don’t happen often. As a side note: not every single label party that is associated with an artist guarantees that artist’s appearance. For example, if you think Above & Beyond is going to show up to the Anjunabeats party on Sunday, you are in for some disappointment (although you never know, maybe things will be different this year!) You will want to finalize your plans and secure tickets a week or two before going to Miami.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY SPARE TIME?
In between all of the extreme partying you are sure to do, you are bound to need food at some point. If you happen to be in Brickell, I personally recommend going to La Sandwicherie or Segafredo for lunch. Staying closer to South Miami? Make sure you hit up Bagel Emporium for breakfast (you haven’t had a bagel breakfast sandwich until you’ve had one from here.) Staying on the beach? STK or Terrazza are nice choices if you want to splurge a little and enjoy a true Miami Beach dining experience. And if you happen to be in the West Miami area, Mao’s Colombian fast food is to die for.
Want more tips? Check out our extended Survival Guide from 2015. See you in the 305!