Monday night’s flagship event and one of Miami’s most prestigious was always going to be the Danny Tenaglia marathon Be Yourself. Taking place at The Pawn Shop, Tenaglia's well documented stamina was nothing short of inspirational for a crowd who saw the New York legend start on house, end on house and encompass everything in between.
Despite its huge line-up of Sasha, John Digweed, Steve Porter, Nick Warren and Lee Burridge. the TCA party at Space failed to attract a capacity crowd, in part due to the slightly extortionist US$70 cover charge and also the fact that for many artists, it was their third or fourth Miami gig. While the aforementioned progressive elite kept the main room moving and James Zabiela geeked out on the terrace, overall the night lacked the atmosphere you’d expect from such a line-up. Clearly there were tired souls shuffling their feet for the last time.
In many ways, Space was the victim of its own programming, having tried to extend the conference period to include the 'Miami Music Conference', a selection of events at Space and associated venues Suite and Snatch, and the Global Gathering Miami 2006 Festival, all organised by Space owner Louis Puig. Those who arrived early also departed the same way with the sidewalks of South Beach (and the floorboards at Space) distinctly lacking in numbers on Monday.
On the other hand, where TCA failed to fill Space, the unassuming NYC Robots rammed BED for what was, hands down, the standout gig on Monday night.
Bill Patrick, Nick AC and Dennis Rodgers and mountains of sexy Robot visuals took over BED to great effect. All three guys have a different role in their interwoven Robots front: Nick AC is (generally speaking) the front man, Dennis Rodgers is the technically incredible (read: the quiet, geeky one), where as Bill Patrick is… well Bill is Bill (and we love him for it).
The question on everyone's lips early on in the night was: Would Sven Vath hold up from his Cocoon Party at Nocturnal the night before and make it to BED for his 1am slot or would the entire party line-up be thrown into chaos due to the usual Miami debauchery?
Sven Vath did indeed make it to BED and on time, and once again his musical talents were on par with previous efforts, perfect for the crowd, the club and the Robots. Huge thumbs up to the New York trio for again showcasing an excellent night. Do keep an eye out for the first release on their new label Wearerobots from Argentinean producer, Boeing.
From Robots at BED to the afterparty at Marlin and then the aftertheafter party things went pear-shaped quite quickly but unfortunately due to the nature of the tales involved and RA’s general G-rated content we will steer clear from confirming any of those stories you've heard about various DJs watering the garden, doing naked backflips, passing out in compromising positions or causing trouble in a lush oceanfront Miami home...
Instead we'll leave you hanging... until next year.
WMC Photos - March 27 – Monday
ROBOTS present SVEN VATH at BED