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Party from day to night at the best Miami Music Week 2020 events

House, techno, dubstep and more abound from the beach to the mainland at the best Miami Music Week 2020 events

Falyn Wood
Written by
Falyn Wood
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Time Out Miami editors
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Take a deep breath: Miami Music Week is nearly here, and the influx of events can be overwhelming. All these parties, showcases and concerts happening over the course of five short days (give or take) is enough to induce a panic attack, especially when you factor in the abundance of recreational drugs floating around this city this time of year. But if you remain calm and be realistic, you can hit some of the best clubs in Miami, see some amazing late-night sets and still make it back to your Airbnb Miami home in time to get at least some sleep and—dare we say—perhaps a quick bite at one of the best breakfast spots in Miami. So pick and choose wisely. You can’t do it all, but you can do it right. 

RECOMMENDED: Guide to Miami Music Week 2020

Best Miami Music Week events

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  • Conventions

The industry event that started it all, Winter Music Conference (WMC) celebrates its 35th anniversary as the longest-running electronic music and DJ conference. Under the umbrella of Miami Music Week (MMW), WMC returns to the Faena Forum on Miami Beach, bringing with it a whirlwind of activations, panels, parties and demos that herald the next generation of music pros and dance junkies.

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Felix Da Housecat has his own new(ish) record label, and the Miami Music Week 2020 showcase is set to be an all-out banger. Aside from Da Housecat himself, groove to the beats of Founder of Fifth labelmates including Luke Solomon, Lebaron, François Lebaron and Alan Epps going all night long at Do Not Sit on the Furniture.

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  • Things to do
  • Performances

Returning to Miami Music Week for the first time since 2016, West Coast-based party curators HARD present a Black Books Records night featuring modern house music headliner Chris Lake plus support from the resident crew at Wynwood’s popping Asian food hall and lounge, 1-800 Lucky.

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Once a humble Monday after-hours session at Ibiza superclub DC10, Circoloco has become synonymous with utterly bonkers parties. Known for its killer curation hosting some of the best DJs in house music, the brand returns to Miami following a packed-out Art Basel showcase. Catch Seth Troxler, DJ Tennis, Palms Traxx and more at this waterfront party at Island Gardens.

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  • Things to do
  • Festivals

Ultra Music Festival is still the biggest music event in Miami and Ultra 2020 should be as big as ever. After a somewhat disastrous move to Virginia Key Beach Park last year, the festival makes a triumphant return to its decade-long home at Bayfront Park. Like previous years, Ultra 2020 provides three days of dance music spread across multiple stages with headliners like Flume, Gesaffelstein, Major Lazer and Zedd, among others.

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  • Things to do
  • Performances

These three legends have been defining the classier end of the house music genre for decades. Join Cassy, Buttrich and Maas as they take over Do Not Sit on the Furniture for a night of infectious, feel-good dance music and serious, body-working beats. If you need a little break from partying, the garden at Do Not Sit will be transformed into an oasis with art installations and vendors selling various arts and crafts for sale all week long.

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  • Performances

DJ Lee Burridge and his All Day I Dream camp are ready to gift Miami with yet another magical day of melodic deep house—a refreshing break from the hard beats and deafening drops of Ultra. This time around, they’re taking over the newly minted Beach Club at 1 Hotel, layering on their own colorful, boho décor to the already lush outdoor lounge. It’s going to be dreamy, with plenty of space for chatting and swaying to the ethereal soundtrack.

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Guy Gerber’s Rumors party is well known among dance music fanatics. For another year, the Israeli tech-house giant Gerber will assemble a stellar bunch for his Ultra weekend kick-off party taking over the lush Lawn at Island Gardens. Aside from Gerber himself, the lineup is still TBA, but look forward to 12 hours of non-stop dancing on Biscayne Bay. 

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  • Nightlife
  • Clubs

Bringing together all walks of raver life for the fifteenth year, Get Lost has established itself as one of the craziest parties of Miami Music Week, lasting for a staggering 24-hours. It’s truly a marathon of a party, and this year’s lineup will see the return of Crosstown Rebels label head Damian Lazarus, an epic Visionquest B2B reunion set, plus more heavy hitters like Carl Craig, Cassy, Danny Daze, Diplo, Guy Gerber and others guaranteed to go the distance. Venue TBA

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This one is all but guaranteed to sell out—especially considering the coziness of ATV Records, the 2.0 version of defunct Wynwood dance music institution the Electric Pickle. The grandfather of chilled-out Balearic tunes, DJ Harvey returns to cast a spell on the dancefloor. Expect a psychedelic, six-hour expedition into the depths of Harvey’s record collection.

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