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Miami isn't all about WMC weekend. The city's edition of the roving Art Basel festival has been quietly attracting an impressive set of satellite parties around it in recent years. In 2017 the lineups are stacking up once again for what should be an epic week in the USA's most reliable sunkissed, party town.
Dixon contemplates his next shirt purchase.
Life and Death's party owned the Art Basel party weekend last year and this time the label team up once again with Innervisions artists although, this time under the banner of a new collaborative party brand between the two labels. Rakastella will run for twelve hours at one of the city's most beautiful island beach venues and features a stacked lineup of DJs associated with both labels. Âme, Dixon, DJ Koze, Roman Flugel and and DJ Tennis top the bill and there will also be a live performance from Octo Octa.
Rakastella by Innervisions & Life and Death at Virginia Key Beach Park. December 9. 4020 Virginia Key Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149. For more info, click here.
Soulclap's Eli (right): "It's on the tip of my tongue... no, it's actually on the tip of my tongue."
There are few more reliable party combinations than Soul Clap and Electric Pickle. For the fourth year instalment of Crew Love at Art Basel, all three areas of Electric Pickle will open to welcome a mixture of live performances, Miami debuts and local talent. The Boston duo head the bill with one of their signature futuristic and funk inspired sets. Also in attendance are USA trio Pillowtalk, who will be playing a live set alongside David Marston, The Fitness, Masha and Will Renaurt. The music on the Terrace will begin with a 45’s set from Eli Soul Clap earlier that evening.
Crew LoveElectric Pickle. December 7. 2826 N. Miami Ave; Miami, FL 33127. For more info,For more info, click here.
ReSolute: who's the mystery guest?
Brooklyn's coolest minimal rave ReSolute have been celebrating a decade of debauchery at various locations and touch down in Miami for the first of two special events. The guests for this one are still a secret but with their reputation for regularly inviting the cream of the underground scene to play, you can expect a showstopper or two.
Resolute 10 year Anniversary at The Hangar. December 9. 60 NE 11th Street Miami, FL, 33132. For more info, click here.
Space's Terrace goes off until lunchtime.
tINI's party collective touches down at Space for a marathon Art Basel rave. Running from 11pm until 3pm the next day at Space, the party lines up Romanian Sunwaves hero Cap, Rex Club’s Molly and Perlon favourite Sammy Dee to DJ alongside tINI with Canadian duo Bob Moses playing a live show on the terrace.
Bob Moses (live) & tINI and the Gang at Space. December 8-9. 34 NE 11th St; Miami, FL 33132; United States. For more info, click here.
Ion Ludwig playing a party in Berlin in 1912.
Miami’s leading minimal collective Un_mute teams up with Brooklyn's ReSolute to bring a touch of Dutch to Art Basel weekend. Ion Ludwig is among the best in his field for minimal house and is widely favoured for his uncompromisingly deep and moody tones. An extended live show from the Dutchman is not to be missed.
Un_mute and ReSolute at Electric Pickle. December 7. 2826 N. Miami Ave; Miami, FL 33127. For more info, click here.
Rumors has it... at Destino, Ibiza.
If you're going in easy on Art Basel week, this party is the shout for you. Not only will you appreciate the extra recovery time, but a Friday evening gathering with Rumours boss Guy Gerber for Art Basel is unlikely to let you down. Guy's Rumors party in Ibiza has earned a reputation for being one of the island's favourite free parties in recent years and has been crafting an equally reputable reputation for its events around the world. Gerber's regular Rumors cohort Bill Patrick, and Los Angeles leading tech house light Lauren Lane, complete the bill.
Rumors at 1 Hotel South Pool Deck. December 8. 2341 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, United States. For more info, click here.
Green Velvet on the Space Terrace.
Claude Von Stroke and Green Velvet go head to head for what should be a bomb laden terrace party at Space. Green Velvet aka Cajmere has been a pillar of house and techno since 1991 and these days is one of the biggest acts in tech house. A back to back with DirtyBird party starter Claude VonStroke can only mean party driven slammers from morning until lunchtime.
Get Real by Miami Link Rebels at Space. December 7. 34 NE 11th St; Miami, FL 33132; United States. For more info, click here.
Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves infamously make up two thirds of Visionquest's founding trio, which as an imprint, has taken down clubs across the globe since blazing onto the scene in 2011. Crosson's 'Robots of Dawn' EP with Mathew Jonson is currently lighting up vinyl Buzz Charts and ensuring the label is present of mind as ever for DJs and record shop fans alike. Long time friend of the label, Alexi Delano joins the bill.
Visionquest Showcase at Floyd. December 8. 40 NE 11th St, Miami, FL 33132. For more info, click here.
If the name of this party didn’t grab your attention, a DJ set from Yoruba Records Onsulade should. The well respected producer flows from acoustic riffs to spiritual deep house to create truly mesmerising DJ sets. He’s joined by Soul Clap favourite Eli Escobar and Will Renault amongst others at Miami’s favourite intimate rave den. Each of the two rooms holds 300 people so you can guarantee a cosy atmosphere on the dance floor wherever you end up.
Fuck Art Let’s Dance at Electric Pickle . December 9. 2826 N. Miami Ave; Miami, FL 33127. For more info, click here.
Stacey Pullen playing Music On in Ibiza.
For those in it for the long run, this 24 hour party at Heart covers all bases. Two of our recent Ibiza Voice podcasters are on the bill, Frank Storm and Jesse Calosso. And from the slamming sounds of Boris to the slightly groovier rhythms of Stacey Pullen’s Detroit take on tech house, there is something for every techno raver. House legend Doc Martin will also be in attendance after playing the night before at another Art Basel spin off at The Line club.
Heart Basel at Heart Nightclub. 9 Dec. 50 NE 11th Street, Miami, FL 33132. For more info, click here.
For more Winter sun raving ideas, see our guide to other sunkissed dance music hotspots here.