Wednesday - March 26
Welcome to Miami at Nikki Beach 11am - 10pm
Start with the beach. The relaxing, mellow beach. The water will be warm, the boys will be ridiculously buffed, and the babes will be busty. Our pick of the beach parties is Welcome to Miami on Wednesday afternoon, which is happening across two arenas. Forget arena two and head to arena one, which is programmed by tanned and toned Brits Audiofly. The lineup is the party end of German minimal, with the likes of Tiefschwarz, Pier Bucci, Shlomi Aber, Luca Bacchetti, Anja Schneider and Sebo K on the bill. Bring a frisbee or a record.
Dubfire & Traktor Scratch pres. Sci+Tec at ParkWest 9pm - 12pm
The big party on Wednesday night is King Dubfire’s crowning ceremony, running for a whopping fifteen hours at Park West. Ali Shirazinia’s label night is a coming of age of sorts, both for Dubfire who’ll no doubt be shaking plenty of hands for ‘Ribcage’, and for his label Sci+Tec, which is finally moving to hard wax after a year of digital. Elsewhere the bill features Sci+Tec signees Paul Ritch and Delete playing live, as well as appearances from label friends Loco Dice, Tiefschwarz and Nic Fanciulli. Expect a mix of minimal techno, house and even a bit of prog from the old days.
Thursday - March 27
Dirtybird afterhours at Studio A 5am - 12pm
Cut out from Sci+Tec to catch Claude VonStroke’s only Miami date, which is an afterparty-cum-label showcase. As well as CVS himself, partygoers will also bump uglies with Dirtybirders Justin Martin, Christian Martin and Worthy - it looks like they’ve brought over everyone from San Francisco except Clint Eastwood. The Downtown Riot party is happening in the same venue so expect spillover from that. Then you’ve got five hours off for a Denny’s.
Demon Days at Delano Hotel 5pm - 11pm
Best to change your sweaty clothes, and smarten yourself up for this one. Carl Craig’s Miami date is a classy one, free with RSVP and taking place next to the huge, opulent pool at the rather lovely Delano Hotel. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Craig will be backed up by Roland Appel of ‘Dark Soldier’ and Sonar Kollektiv fame as well as regular sidekick Gamall. Umbrellas in your drinks and dirty Detroit techno.
RA vs. Kompakt at Pawnshop 10pm - late
How could we not recommend this? Come down to the Pawn Shop for the official RA meetup to dance and meet other interweb nerds-cum-ravers. The bill is a thing of beauty with Kompakt stars Gui Boratto and Ewan Pearson facing off against RA tastemakers Dominik Eulberg, Konrad Black and Marcus Worgull. With the music running from house to techno and back, it’ll be just like reading the website…only really loud.
M_nus 10 Year Anniversary Showcase at Nocturnal 11pm - 12pm
Don’t worry about arriving fashionably late to M_nus - this one runs till noon. Richie Hawtin’s genre-defining minimal techno label celebrates reaching double digits with a downtown party at Nocturnal. The bouncers are hip-hop tough, but it’s worth trying your luck because the sound system is Funktion 1, there’s a nice terrace, and the bill is the best of M_nus: Hawtin will be joined by Magda, Marco Carola, Paco Osuna, JPLS, Heartthrob and Ambivalent. We also always look forward to a traditional Richie vs. bouncer scuffle at Nocturnal - cameras ready, prepare to flash!
Friday - March 28
Remix Hotel - Beatport pool party at National Hotel 2pm - 9pm
A quick power nap in the taxi, and then off to our pick of the four Beatport pool parties happening at the National Hotel. They’re free, there’s a pool, there’ll be Beatport giveaways and Friday’s lineup is tech house-heavy with M.A.N.D.Y., Heidi, Tiefschwarz, Davide Squillace, Gui Boratto, Jamie Jones and more on the decks. These parties are going to be crammed to the gills, though, so it’s best to get in early.
One Night Only... an AM Only Event at Karu & Y 10pm - 12pm
You’ll be needing rather strong coffee at this point, but shake yourself awake for AM Only, which is bursting at the seams with DJs across three rooms. Unfortunately two of the rooms are a bit dodgy: the house room is all about the likes of Fedde La Grand DJ Dan, and the trance room is even worse (but surely worth poking your nose in for a mid-WMC laugh.) Room three, though, makes up for it with fourteen hours of (mostly) back to back sets from the likes of Josh Wink vs. Steve Bug and Richie Hawtin vs. Magda, as well as live sets from Mathew Jonson, Guy Gerber and Paul Ritch.
Saturday - March 29
Listed loves Mobilee at Townhouse Hotel 12pm - 11pm
Rise and shine. If there's one thing Mobilee know how to do, it's throw a rooftop party - their Sonar bash last year at Diagonal Hotel in Barcelona still gets us misty-eyed. No surprise then that Schneider & co. will be taking the elevator up to the top of the Townhouse Hotel for their WMC bash. On the bill is label head Anja Schneider, deep house student Sebo K, minimal hipsters Pan-Pot and label brain Ralf Kollmann, with support from local crew Listed. But watch your clock because you’ll be need to cutting out early for a yacht party...
The Odyssey on a Yacht 5pm - 10p
RA and Spectral Sound have put together a special little party for Saturday night, which involves us, Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliott, Konrad Black, Seth Troxler, Kate Simko, Par Grindvik and about 300 ravers cruising around the bay for a few hours in a yacht dancing to techno. Think of it as the water event in your decathlon.
Aquabooty at Opium Garden 10pm - 5am
A good bet for Saturday night is Aquabooty’s deep house blowout, held at the swanky Opium Garden club. As usual the main room is dedicated to German powerhouse Innervisions with the big five from the label - Âme, Dixon, Henrik Schwarz, Alex from Tokyo and Marcus Worgull - over to spin. If that’s not enough, legendary discoist DJ Harvey will be spinning an all night set (tip!), while Mr. White of ‘Sun Can’t Compare’ fame and a crew from Om Records round out the bill.
Sunday - March 30
PS103: Sunday School For Degenerates 6am - 12pm
If you’re still standing after that lot, you are a true techno soldier. Therefore finish off the WMC in true techno soldier fashion with Miami’s answer to Circo Loco. Split over two rooms, the 20-strong DJ lineup features a strong minimal techno lineup including Romania’s tipped Arpair collective (Pedro, Raresh and Rhadoo) as well as deep house from the likes of Dixon, Sebo K and Jamie Jones. And then you are done. Happy happy joy joy.
Made up your mind how you are spending the WMC? Check out RA's Miami WMC Guide for full listings, listings and lineups. Then let us know how many parties you can handle in the RA forums.