WMC & Ultra Fest Highlight Miami Music Week

Two Weekends: Ultra Music Fest has expanded. Two Weekends: Ultra Music Fest has expanded. Photos By Nicole Cussell

 

Miami Beach, Fla.—Once again, Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week are here.

So what’s different this year? The whole block of dates—March 15-24—will be bookended by two weekends of Ultra Music Festival, one of the DJ and EDM communities’ biggest events. Set for Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, UMF and its seven stages will run March 15-17, then again March 22-24. The three-day 2012 event drew 165,000 people, so one might imagine Biscayne Boulevard will be pretty crowded both weekends for this year’s incarnation.

As usual, UMF will present some of the world’s biggest DJ/producers each weekend. They’ll include: Carl Cox, David Guetta, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Richie Hawtin, Calvin Harris, Bassnectar, Avicii, Kaskade, Fatboy Slim, Knife Party and Swedish House Mafia (in what has been reported to be their last show togeher).

As for “live” sets, UMF will present Deadmau5, Bloody Beetroots, Booka Shade, Boys Noize, Major Lazer, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Disclosure, Nicolas Jaar, Faithless, Sleigh Bells and Snoop Dogg. As usual, DJ Times will be there.

Ovum Party: Josh Wink & friends will play Treehouse. Ovum Party: Josh Wink & friends will play Treehouse. Photos By Nicole Cussell

Set for March 15-24 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the 28th annual Winter Music Conference will present 10 days of events, including exhibits, seminars and workshops, DJ spinoffs, a VJ Challenge, and its International Dance Music Awards. DJ Times will be there with a dedicated booth at WMC’s exhibition hall, which will be open March 18-19.

Of course, the week is highlighted by a slew of parties big and small, many of them from long-standing brands and music labels. One such event is Ovum Recordings’ late-night soiree at Treehouse this Saturday, March 16. Billed as Ovum & Friends and featuring label co-founder Josh Wink on the decks, the Philadelphia-based label will host plenty of top jocks for this, its 18th annual WMC-week party. They include DJ Sneak, Cajmere, Manik, Azari & III (DJ set), Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set), Chris Malinchak and Kidnap Kid—plus “Secret Special Guest.”

Big Stage: Carl Cox returns to UMF. Big Stage: Carl Cox returns to UMF. Photos By Nicole Cussell

And how’s this for irony? Ovum’s first Miami party happened in 1996 at the late, but legendary Groove Jet, the 23rd Street venue also known for Danny Tenaglia’s epic Miami sets. So, what’s inhabiting Groove Jet these days? You guessed it—Treehouse. Be there or be square.

International superstar DJ/producer Afrojack will also have a big WMC/Miami Music Week. In addition to playing his own “Jacked Party” at South Beach staple Mansion on March 23, the Dutch talent is slated to play UMF’s Main Stage on March 15, plus UMF’s Ultra Worldwide Stage and UMF’s Jacked Stage (UMF Radio Stage) on March 22. The Jacked Stage will also feature acts from his Wall Recordings, including Quintino, Sidney Samson and Shermanology. For a crazy-full list of Miami events, check here.

See you on the South Beach!

 

 

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