Torrential rain on Nikki Beach. Hawtin in a headlock. And breasts, lots of breasts.
As we nurse our sunburnt noses and sore heads, it's hard to believe the WMC is over for another year, but what a conference week it was! From our pre-conference warm up at the '80s pop night through to RA's own closing party at Shine, this year's WMC was certainly one of the most musically diverse conferences ever, with an excellent showing of class DJs across all genres.
The knock-on effect of the minimal explosion was in full force with many promoters taking note from the 'less is more' rule book of DC-10 and opting for less 'safe' names in dance music. Indeed the two standout DJs of the conference were DC-10 residents, Luciano and Loco Dice, whose sets at the Pawn Shop 101 and AM Only Afterhours events will be talked about for a long time to come.
As predicted before the conference, Downtown venues, Nocturnal and The Pawn Shop proved to be the big winners. Despite a few clashes between security personnel and its guest DJs - one in particular involving Messrs Hawtin - the terrace line-ups at Nocturnal injected some long-overdue variety into the WMC Afterhours scene; Club Space for once, given a run for its money.
For the most part, Space's usual funky house, trance and progressive line-ups pulled in the punters but perhaps it felt the pinch come Monday, when the TCA event and its line-up of Sasha, John Digweed and a host of other progressive pioneers failed to pull a capacity crowd. A sign of the times, musically? Or just a result of the unofficial extended conference period brought about by the Global Gathering Miami 2006 Festival, organised in fact by Space's Louis Puig.
Big props to Made Event and BED for another year of outstanding WMC events. Even despite shifting Danny Howells to The Pawn Shop, Holden, Vath, Burridge, Hawtin and Tenaglia still made sure the South Beach venue owned Washington Avenue once again.
So, for those of you that missed the WMC 2006, those of you that didn't but can't remember a thing and for those of you who worry you've been caught on camera in a compromising position by one of RA's roving photographers, click on the links below to get the full lowdown on what happened at this year's WMC.