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Catch a sun-soaked DJ set at the hottest Miami Music Week 2020 pool parties

If you didn’t hit up a pool party or three, you didn’t do Miami Music Week properly

By Falyn Freyman and Ryan Pfeffer
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UPDATE: Several Miami Music Week pool parties have been canceled due to coronavirus. If you're unsure if an event is still happening, please call ahead.

Dance music vets know it: Miami Music Week pool parties are where you’ll find some of the best DJ sets outside of Ultra Music Festival—and considering the mega music fest has just been cancelled due to coronavirus worries, they literally can’t be avoided if you plan to do any daytime dancing this go around. DJs visiting from Berlin, New York, Detroit and other chilly climates want to spend as much time as possible thawing out alongside the best pools in Miami. And a good pool party can be just what the doctor ordered after a 12-hour stint at a South Beach club. Plus, you get to see some of the best Miami hotels without having to book a pricey suite. That’s a win-win-win in our book.

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Best Miami Music Week pool parties

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1. WMC Official Opening Party

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Performing their only official set of Miami Music Week 2020, the Kings of House, a.k.a. Louie Vega and David Morales, go back-to-back at the Kimpton EPIC for an exclusive, six-hour set on the 16th-floor pool deck to properly launch the week-long dance bacchanal that is Winter Music Conference. 

Claptone
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2. Claptone: The Masquerade

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Mysteriously masked German DJ duo Claptone hosts a poolside masquerade party at Hyde Beach. Expect their signature crisp, infectiously danceable tech-house tunes in addition to special guest DJs MK, Meduza, Tube & Berger and more.

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Epic Pool Parties
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3. Amnesia Presents Do Not Sleep

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Iconic Ibiza super club Amnesia teams up underground house party Do Not Sleep for a killer session in the sky at Downtown’s Kimpton Epic Hotel. Together, Amnesia and Do Not Sleep they have concocted a stripped-back rave in the sun, headlined by notorious party starter Skream, Ibiza favorites Ilario Alicante and Amnesia resident Mar-T, with additional support from techno titan Luigi Madonna, Rich NXT, Chris Stussy and Heavy House Society label boss and rock-solid groove master Sidney Charles.

Shore Club
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4. Axtone Pool Party

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“Satisfaction” DJ Benny Benassi kicks off a busy week at the Shore Club headlining the annual MMW pool party for Swedish house label Axtone. Brohug, Carta, Cat Dealers, Cedric Gervais, Chocolate Puma, Deniz Koyu, Kryder, Mednas, and Secondcity join for a rowdy afternoon and evening by the pool.

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Seth Troxler
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5. DJ Mag Miami Pool Party

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As one of the most prominent voices in dance music, DJ Mag should know how to put together a hell of a lineup. And, as luck would have it, they sure do! DJ Mag’s Miami Pool Party brings the Cassy, Danny Tenaglia, Duck Sauce, Eli of Soul Clap, Seth Troxler and more to the gin-clear Surfcomber pool for Miami Music Week. 

Pete Tong
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6. All Gone Pete Tong

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When electronic music legend Pete Tong throws a party, it’s wise to attend—especially if that party is All Gone Pete Tong, the annual poolside Miami Music Week bash that always packs a punch. This year, Pete Tong B2b Guy Gerber, Hot Since 82 B2B Michael Bibi, Anna B2B Eats Everything, Blond:ish B2B William Djoko and Will Clarke B2B Sita Abellan are only some of the crazy mashups on the menu. You should have bought your ticket two sentences ago.

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The National Hotel MMW
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7. Area 10 Showcase

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Detroit dub-house legend Marc Kinchen (a.k.a. MK) returns to the National Hotel pool for another epic Area 10 showcase by the pool. This one sold out last year and considering the 2020 lineup, including MK himself plus Repopulate Mars main man Lee Foss, frequent collaborator and the voice of house, Annabel Englund, tech-house trendsetters Leftwing:Kody, plus KC Lights, Martin Ikin, Nightlapse, Weiss and more, you’ll want to scoop up your ticket fast.

Steve Aoki, Marquee Singapore
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8. Dim Mak Miami

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It’s usually safe to assume Dim Mak’s Miami Music Week bash is going to be a doozy. The Steve Aoki-run label—which will take over the Nautilus by Arlo pool deck—is never short on debauchery or high jinks. This year, sweat it out with beats by Benny Benassi, Bok Nero, Cheat Codes, Henry Fong, Max Styler, Riot Ten, Tisoki and Aoki himself.

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EPIC Pool Parties
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9. Cocoon Miami

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Founded in 2010 by electronic producer Sven Väth in Frankfurt, Germany, the world-renowned Cocoon label will be hosting its own pool party at the Epic. Experience the famously unhinged party and all its huge acts, including Carl Craig, Matthias Tanzmann, Yousef and more before the legendary crew hops over to Ibiza to take up its mantel as the world’s finest weekly techno event.

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10. Kaskade

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Chicago-born house DJ and producer Kaskade, voted America's Best DJ by DJ Times in 2011 and 2013, makes his way to Miami Music Week for another epic pool party set at the SLS’s Hyde Beach. This time around, he’s joined by special guest Loud Luxury, with additional support from Brohug, CID, Felix Cartal and Loki.

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Epic Pool Parties
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11. Repopulate Mars

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The party heats up on Friday afternoon when Lee Foss’s red hot Repopulate Mars label takes over at the Epic pool deck. Known for its cosmic parties with extravagant production, fancy costumed characters and immersive performers, Repopulate Mars Miami sees the main man Lee Foss man the decks, along with killer house music sets from the likes of Latmum, Mason Maynard, Detlef, Solardo and more.

DJ Carnage
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12. Carnage Presents Papi’s Playa

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EDM/trap powerhouse Carnage will turn out the Nautilis for what’s sure to be one of the loudest pool parties of the week. Bring earplugs, a bikini and prepare to get sprayed with champagne.

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All Day I Dream
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13. All Day I Dream Miami Music Week

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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.

Black Road Desert
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14. Desert Hearts

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What started as a renegade gathering in the Mojave Desert has blossomed into a multi-date festival franchise and traveling City Hearts tour that also picked up DJ Mag’s Best of North America title in the Boutique Festival category in 2018. The colorful, vibe-focused crew including Mikey Lion, Marbs, Lee Reynolds and Porky will join special guests and a full line up. Part mini-festival, part record label, and part globetrotting party brigade, this ragtag collective of dreamers has emerged as a force radiating an ethos of conscious house and techno guided by love and, of course, excellent curation.

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15. Spinnin’ Records presents Spinnin’ Sessions

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The Nautilus South Beach welcomes another year of Spinnin’ Hotel (a Spinnin’ Records and Diskolab takeover) throughout Miami Music Week weekend. It starts with Spinnin’ Sessions with Brohug, Cheat Codes and Disco Fries on March 21, followed by Spinnin’ Deep on Sunday with Amine Edge & DANCE, David Tort, GAWP and more.

Club
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16. Dada Life Presents the Magnificent Rave Spa

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Let the music heal you at this spa-themed rave brought to you by Swedish powerhouse DJ duo Dada Life. Indulge in the restorative effects of dancing from day to night at this sure-to-sell-out poolside affair at the Shore Club.

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questlove
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17. Nothing But An Old School Pool Party

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Our pick for the best Sunday pool party of MMW 2020 goes to this banger on the 16th-floor pool deck of the Kimpton Epic. The incomparable Questlove headlines, bringing his encyclopedic musical knowledge and infectious energy to close out the week. He’s joined by additional headliners DJ Jazzy Jeff and Kenny Dope, two legends who pioneered early ’90s house and hip-hop beats. Todd Terry and Eli Escobar round out the afternoon with funk and disco-soaked sets, perfect for dancing all day under the sun.

The Chainsmokers
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18. TIDAL Presents SLS Live with The Chainsmokers

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DJ/production duo the Chainsmokers, who rose to meteoric fame with smash hits like “Closer” and “#Selfie,” headline a special Miami Music Week edition of TIDAL Presents: SLS Live at Hyde Beach. Expect an outright scene.

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19. Nervo Nation

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Aussie twin sisters Olivia and Miriam Nervo—said to be the world’s highest-paid women DJs as the duo NERVO—bring an eclectic and upbeat lineup of fellow dance music DJs to close out Hyde Beach’s wild Miami Music Week on Sunday. Cheat Codes, Chuckie, Icona Pop, Kanda, Paris Hilton, Plastik Funk and Skazi round out what’s sure to be an epic, lady-led day by the pool.

The National Hotel MMW
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20. ANTS Miami Music Week Closing Party

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This Ibiza import known for its legendary marathon Saturday parties invades the National for its Miami Music Week 2020 closing party. Bringing a deeper, darker and more underground vibe, with Jooris Voorn, Anrea Oliva, Ilario Alicante, Matthias Tanzmann B2B Martin Buttrich, Francisco Allendes B2B Franky Rizardo and ALX each taking their turns on the decks.

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