Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018
Finding your way into the best Art Basel Miami 2017 parties can be tough. Some are so last-minute you barely have any time to put on shoes and head out the door. Others sell out quick or require an invite to attend. It can be a maddening blur of FOMO. Lucky for you, we’re here to help. So after you’ve checked out our guide to Art Basel Miami Beach 2017 (and perhaps also where to find the best South Beach clubs and best new restaurants in Miami) take a look at your options below and start mapping out a game plan.
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Best Art Basel Miami 2017 parties
Icelandic icon Björk, who has never performed in Miami before, headlines the annual III Points Art Basel concert series, which brought Young Thug, Todd Terje, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Chet Faker, James Blake and more to Little Haiti last year. She performs at Mana Wynwood on Tuesday, December 5. A few days later, on Saturday, December 9, the Wu-Tang Clan will be taking the same stage.
Dance music fans have been drooling ever since the announcement of the Basel collaboration between labels Life and Death and Innervisions. The two dance music powerhouses take over Virginia Key Beach Park with a small army of very talented DJs the Saturday of Basel weekend. Expect nonstop beats from Âme II Âme, DJ Tennis, Dixon, Mano Le Tough, Axel Boman, DJ Koze and many more.
Rockwell partners with notoriously-impossible-to-get-into NYC club 1OAK for a three-night pop-up that’s sure to be packed full with celebs, rappers and anyone lucky enough to get past the notoriously strict door. This'll be one of those parties that's a royal pain to get into—but probably worth the effort. Added incentive: the lineup is great. Thursday sees Rick Ross, on Friday its Miguel and 2 Chainz wraps things up on Saturday.
Bombay Sapphire’s annual bash (which celebrates the close of their Artisan Series arts competition) is one you can’t get into unless invited. If you are one of the lucky few to nab a spot on the guest list, expect peak Basel bougie-ness. The party is hosted by the brilliant Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure and takes place at Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly known as the Versace Mansion). DJ Heron Preston provides the music and you’ll no doubt spot a celebrity or three.
Bacardí and Dean Collection’s No Commission is a traveling show that brings music, art and rum together for some seriously unforgettable moments. Last Art Basel, Alicia Keys played an intimate show in Wynwood as part of the series—and Bacardí has previously rangled performers such as Major Lazer, A$AP Rocky, Cardi B, DMX, Pusha T and others. This year’s lineup hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s safe to assume there will be some big names coming to Soho Studios.
Wynwood’s new entertainment complex, 1-800-Lucky, hosts members of the Wu-Tang Clan Saturday afternoon for a meet and greet and autograph signing. Guests can wander through Lucky Records or grab a bite at the adjacent Asian market. Later in the night, from 11pm to 5am, a special guest DJ spins a surprise set.
Cut Copy performs live at the cozy outdoor North Beach Bandshell on Wednesday, December 6. The show, presented by the local music folks of Poplife, will be the Australian band’s first performance in Miami since 2014 and comes fresh off the release of Cut Copy’s most recent album, Haiku From Zero. Palmbomen II opens the show.
Ora has a very busy Basel week, which kicks off on Wednesday with music from NeverDogs, Hugo Bianco and Vanjee in the downstairs club and a Juxtapoz Magazine/Adidas afterparty in Ora’s Anti-Social Room speakeasy. Friday sees the official Scope Art Fair after-party in Ora with streetwear brand Haculla taking over the Anti-Social Room. And on Saturday it all comes to a climax with 50 Cent playing host to a packed house.
The Wynwood Yard celebrates Art Basel in typical fashion: with three nights of free live music. It all starts on Thursday, December 7, with the New Orleans funk/soul/R&B all-stars of The Nth Power. The next day two local favorites, Afrobeta and Millionyoung, hit the stage. And things wrap up on Saturday night with two more stellar Miami acts: the Magic City Hippies and Locos Por Juana.
In a case of very good timing, Basement celebrates three years of partying on Miami Beach right when the Art Basel festivities begin. Satori, Rebolledo and Lemurian spin while partiers bounce between the dance floor, bowling lanes and Basement’s very own ice skating rink.
Two great things collide at this Superfine! event: ice cream and art. Come browse over 1,200 works of art (all priced at $5,000 or less) during a social designed to make art collecting less intimidating. The fair is designed for those who want to jump into the art world without all the pretension. But no purchase is necessary to come enjoy some ice cream, booze, music and art.
Wall at the W South Beach kicks off Miami Art Week on Tuesday, December 5, with a special edition of their recurring Favela Beach party hosted by the art world enigma in perennially paint-splattered jeans, Mr. Brainwash. Things only get more Basel-y from there when Paris Hilton stops by on December 9 to host her fourth consecutive Art Basel party.
John “CRASH” Matos, alongside fellow street artists Nick Walker and Bio, creates a graffiti installation live at the W South Beach while Swizz Beatz deejays. The event, which includes cocktails and bites by the pool, is only for holders of the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express.
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