When someone from out of town visits Miami, what's the one place they have to hang? South Beach, of course, but the Miami beaches are sandy and full of people. When Miami Music Week 2017 rolls around this month, the best place to catch rays and world-class DJs will be the swimming pools in Miami, where lots of aquatic, bass-filled adventures await. To help you navigate the best Miami Music Week pool parties, we put together a list ranging from deep-house happenings to techno events. There’s something for everyone but if you can’t choose just one, don’t be afraid to party hop.
Best Miami Music Week pool parties
Axtone is superstar DJ Axwell's record label. He handpicked these house and electro DJs to bring the best poolside vibes for a very special evening, and we have a hunch the special guest may be the head honcho himself.
Music by: Arty, Benny Benassi, Bob Sinclair, Chocolate Puma, D.O.D., Diskolab, Matisse & Sadko, Tom Staar and a very special guest.
Delano Beach Club, 1695 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wantickets.com). Mar 22 2–11pm; $48–$66.
Every year, DJ Mag releases its top 100 DJs as voted by fans. Here, they bring together a wide array of grooves and tempos from that list, including Marshmello's adorable future bass and Oliver Heldens’s deep-house grooves, and an exciting performance from 2016's number one DJs, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. If you like EDM, this is the place to be.
Music by: Billy Kenny, Dannic, Darius Syrossian, Franky Rizardo, Lauren Lane, Marshmello, Oliver Heldens, Sam Divine, Solardo, plus special guests Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.
Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wanttickets.com). Mar 22 noon–10pm; $45–$4,515.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Timothy Appnel
Parazhit is an Amsterdam-based radio station with a resident DJ list that includes some of the best in the business across multiple genres. Tune in (online), and you’ll hear music from Showtek, Don Diablo, Steve Aoki, Nervo and more. We can't say who will appear at the party, but the programming will include some of Parazhit's favorite hosts. Whoever it is, you can bet they’re major.
Music by: Artists have not yet been announced.
Dream Hotel South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (eventbrite.com). Mar 22 1–11pm; free.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Helidixon
Event headliner the Magician is someone who’s dedicated himself to creating music specifically for sunny, poolside afternoons. It's the kind of funky, tropical-tinged house music you want to listen to until the sun sinks out of sight. Don't be “Shy,” walk right into the “Sunlight,” and party it up “Together” with some of your closest friends.
Music by: The Magician, as well as other surprise guests.
The Confidante, 4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wanttickets.com). Mar 22 noon–11pm; $25–$37.
DJ Oliver Heldens is considered one of the best curators of deep-house grooves around, and this year he’ll continue doing his thing alongside frequent collaborators and industry friends.
Music by: Afsheen, Alok, Bakermat, Chris Lake, Dante Klein, Oliver Heldens, SNBRN, Steve James and Throttle.
Delano Beach Club, 1685 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wanttickets.com). Mar 23 2–11pm; $2,717–$6,794.
A-Trak is one of the greatest DJs alive with a history in both the dance and hip-hop categories. Mija is one of the best multi-genre, open format DJ/producers in the game. Catch them both performing with some of their favorite friends and collaborators for a funky, bass-filled evening that will bend your perception of sound.
Music by: A-Trak, Mija, Mike Russ, Mike Williams, Redlight, Saint Wknd, Shark, Sonny Fodera and Tokimonsta.
Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wanttickets.com). Mar 24 1–11pm; $25–$2,394.
Turn up the tech house at this poolside party in one of South Beach's most iconic locales. Toolroom label head Mark Knight compiles a stellar lineup alongside his buddies at Stereo Productions. This one is for those who want to get lost in the groove.
Music by: Adrian Hour, Chus & Ceballos, Dennis Cruz, Mark Knight, Mat.Joe, Prok & Fitch, Rafa Barrios and Solardo.
Spinnin' is truly one of the world's leading dance music record labels. Founded in the Netherlands, a place that has spit out more superstar DJs than nearly any other country, the label features artists as diverse as Armand Van Helden, Tiesto, Jauz and Carnage. No telling who will show up, but it will definitely be massive.
Music by: Artists to be announced.
Nautilus South Beach, 1825 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wantttickets.com). Mar 24 noon–11pm; $25–$37.
This lineup, curated by French tropical house aficionados Klingade, features some of the smoothest house artists in the studio today. This is for the grown and sexy crowd who like to get sophisticated but can still party with the best of them.
Music by: Autograf, Fabich, Jonas Blue, Klingade, Michael Calfan, Nico De Andrea, Nora En Pure and SNBRN.
A major player in the industry since the early ’80s, Erick Morillo is a veritable house hero. He's the man behind that ’90s classic “I Like to Move It,” and he's on a mission right now to bring vocal-driven goodness back to the dancefloor. It's his birthday, and you know the whole dance music world is going come through to celebrate with the big guy. We definitely expect lots of back-to-back action with plenty of special guests.
Music by: Erick Morillo and friends.
National Hotel, 1677 Collins Ave, Miami Beach (wanttickets.com). Mar 26 noon–10pm; $42–$104.