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.
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WMC - March 28 - Tuesday Photos
Resident Advisor presents Hernan Cattaneo and Guests at Shine
WMC - March 27 – Monday Photos
ROBOTS present SVEN VATH at BED
- Read about Monday in the RA Diary - WMC March 27.
WMC - March 26 – Sunday Photos
Pawn Shop 101: Sunday School for Degenerates at The Pawn Shop
Sasha & Digweed Boat Party from the Bayside Marina
Red Bull presents Love and Good Times at Versace Mansion
ROCKIT at Onda Lounge
Gabriel & Dresden / Scarlett Etienne at BED
Made in Italy/Ibiza at Segafredo Cafe
- Read about Sunday in the RA Diary - WMC March 26.
WMC - March 25 – Saturday Photos
AM Only Afterparty feat Hawtin vs Beyer
Ultra Music Festival 8 at Bicentennial Park
SOS with Desyn, Omid & Demi at Cafeteria
- Read about Saturday in the RA Diary - WMC March 25.
WMC - March 24 – Friday Photos
Minimize to Maximize with Richie Hawtin at BED
James Zabiela & Fanciulli at Cafeteria
Beatport Pool Party at National Hotel
AM Only Party at Nocturnal Club
- Read about Friday in the RA Diary - WMC March 24.
WMC - March 23 – Thursday Photos
Robbie Rivera's Juicy Music WMC party at Opium Garden
Defected In the House Miami 2006 at Nikki Beach
- Read about Thursday in the RA Diary - WMC March 23.
WMC - March 22 - Wednesday Photos
Lee Burridge & Danny Howells 80's special at Automatic Slims
- Read about Wednesday in the RA Diary - WMC March 22.