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Miami Beach, Fla. – The tail end of March draws near, signaling South Florida’s impending onslaught of DJs and dance-music junkies flying south for Miami Music Week. It’s an EDM fan’s paradise, with a week’s worth of club events, festivals, pool parties, conferences, and dance music energy.

Once again, DJ Times will be there all week to exhibit, interact, and—of course—dance.

Winter Music Conference: Running March 24 to 28 at the Deauville Beach Resort, the 30th annual WMC will present five days and nights of DJ-driven events and parties alongside two days of exhibitions and five days of seminars. As always, DJ Times will maintain a dedicated exhibition booth.

Seminar topics at the 2015 conference will cover a broad range of topics. They include: “DJs, Producers & New Technology,” “A New Era: The Artistry & Business of the Global DJ,” “Beats to Bucks: Making Money With Your Music,” “DJ Culture: Branding of Cool,” “Bridging The Gap: DJ & Live Musician,” and “A&R and Alteration: Remix A&R.”

Additionally, WMC will also host a Q&A session with Dutch wunderkind Martin Garrix, as well as its annual DJ Spin-Off and VJ Challenge. On Thursday, March 26, WMC will host the 30th annual International Dance Music Awards, which will honor dance music’s movers and shakers across 55-plus categories.

Martin Garrix will participate in a featured Q&A session at this year's WMC.
Martin Garrix will participate in a featured Q&A session at this year’s WMC.

STEAM Miami: Partiers looking for a new clubbing experience this year need to look no further than STEAM Miami. Located in Downtown Miami’s Wynwood area, the new club boasts an all-star roster of DJs and a thumping Funktion One sound system to soundtrack its lineup of Miami Music Week events. DJ Times is sponsoring the proceedings this year, and we’ll be on-hand all week to catch the events both inside the club and on its new Lot 14 patio outside.

Showcases include: Reboot Presents Noon (with Todd Terry) on March 22; Deeperperfect (with Butch) on March 23; Sydney Blu Presents The Blu Party (with Stacey Pullen, Kevin Saunderson, and Pleasurekraft) on March 24; Incorrect Music (with Chus & Ceballos and Coyu) on March 25; Redlight Miami (with Danny Howard and Marcus Schossow) on March 27; and Dirtybird 10 (with Claude VonStroke, J.Phlip, and Justin Martin) on March 29.

Ultra Music Festival: Miami Music Week’s crown jewel returns once again for a packed three-day weekend boasting big names and even bigger production. Set for March 27-29 at Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park, the 17th annual event will draw an estimated 165,000 attendees to see dance music’s top talents spread across seven stages.

Mainstage performers for Friday include Tiësto, Avicii, Afrojack, and Alesso. For Saturday, March 28, they include Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, and Steve Aoki. For Sunday, March 29, they include Skrillex, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Knife Party, and Nicky Romero.

Armin van Buuren is set to take on Ultra with his ASOT stage this weekend. Photo: Doug Van Sant
Armin van Buuren is set to take on Ultra with his ASOT stage this weekend. Photo: Doug Van Sant

Other Notable Events: Over at the Sagamore, The Art Hotel, Red Bull Guest House will return to Miami for its third iteration. From March 26-29, seven showcases will feature over 25 DJs during daily pool parties (from 2 to 7 p.m.) and late-night Breakfast Club events (2 to 6 a.m.).

Pool party events include: Rumors (with Guy Gerber, Danny Tenaglia, and Chromeo) on March 26; HARD (with Duke Dumont, Boys Noize, and Destructo) on March 27; Young Money (with Lil Wayne and Questlove) on March 28; and Tropical (with Kygo and Thomas Jack) on March 29.

Breakfast Club events include: Ladyfag & Seva Granik Present SHADE: MELTDOWN (with Joris Voorn) on March 27; Big Tittie Surprise (with Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, and DJ Tennis) on March 28; and Red Bull Music Academy (with Dixon and DJ Harvey) on March 29.


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