Winter Music Conference 2012: Best Parties

by Natalie Raben
Unless you plan to attend this year’s Winter Music Conference with a body double, hitting every party is unfortunately, unrealistic. With so many parties (and so little time!) clubbers must plan their agendas wisely. Fortunately, we at Clubplanet have combed through the calendar and hand-picked a stand-out selection of fetes, separated by day and night for your perusal pleasure. So quell those ‘fun anxiety’ fears and approach this week like the efficient clubber you know you are.


Under the Sun:
Fifth Annual Future Classics Pool Party w/ Paul Oakenfold and Nadia Ali @ TheNational
Start your WMC week off right with some trancey fun in the sun. The talent roster forthis pool party is flush with a nice balance of DJs and vocalists, including one of EDM’s favorite voices, Nadia Ali. Trance legend Paul Oakenfold will be laying down the tunes alongside the soulful Tony Humphries and rising star, Studio Apartment.

Under the Moon:
Benny Benassi & Friends @ Liv
Benny Benassi surrounds himself with an all star circle for this night at LIV, Clubplanet’s #1-rated night club. He’ll be joined by Conogorock and France’s fabulous Martin Solveig, who was responsible for producing a number of tracks on Madonna’s new album. Benassi’s made his own waves with “Beautiful People,” his Chris Brown collaboration that was performed during this year’s Grammy’s. We can’t imagine who wouldn’t want to be friends with these guys.

Dim Mak Miami feat. Steve Aoki, Datsik and more @ Mansion
What do sheet cakes, bowls of lettuce, and champagne have in common? These are all items Steve Aoki is notorious for throwing into the crowd at his wildly entertaining shows. His own warm body is also included on that list. Steve Aoki will be joined by his Dim Mak label mates, such as Felix Cartal and Nervo, atthe newly reopened Mansion.

Subliminal Sessions w/ Erick Morillo & Danny Tenaglia @ Amnesia
These two living New York legends need no introduction and will be joined by Dutch DJpower duo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano. Morillo will also be premiering his new super group, Sympho Nympho, that he recently formed with Jose Nunez andHarry “Choo Choo” Romero. You can lose your mind - but please, do not lose your memories of this night at Amnesia.


Under the Sun:
Welcome to Miami w/ Sander Kleinenberg, LA Riots and more @ Nikki Beach
Talk about an economical approach to partying, this one goes from 12 pm - 5 am and includes sets from 20+ DJs and vocalists. The talent runs the full dance gamut,that from house to trance, techno to minimal. Nikki Beach is located at the Southern tip of South Beach and offers party-goers indoor and outdoor party options.

DJ Mag Recession Sessions f/ Sasha, Dennis Ferrer and Claude Vonstroke @Shelbourne Pool
Keep these DJ’s employed by rolling through the Shelbourne for DJ Mag’s RecessionSessions. Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, DJ Sneak, Heidi and Catz and Dogzwill also be in the house - no bones about it. Meow!

Under the Moon:
OVUM w/ Josh Wink, Steve Bug & Friends @ Shine @ The Shelbourne
You just can’t go wrong with this legendary party. EDM’s best and brightest usually show face for this fete, including Carl Cox who was spotted kickin’ it here in2010. Josh Wink delivers every year, throwing down tunes as the techno king heis while Steve Bug’s beats tickle the brain in ways words can’t describe.

Ultra Carry On w/ Nervo, Jes and Sylvia Tosun @ Mia @ Biscayne
Ladies unite! And they certainly will at this party featuring the fabulous women of dance music. Each of the vocalists will be performing the songs that have carried the DJs that they work with  away to fame. Stay tuned to Clubplanet for future features on the lovely ladies of EDM.  


Under the Sun:
CircoLoco Pool Party f/ Jamie Jones, Davide Squillace, Dubfire @ Surfcomber
Minimal DJs will still need to wear sunscreen with maximum protection at this pool party. Ibiza is the original home to Circo Loco, so the Miami edition will have much to live up to. Art Department, Maceo Plex and Seth Troxler will also be joining the headliners to keep the techno beats pumping.

Under the Moon:
Ultra Carry-On f/ Tiesto and Cedric Gervais @ LIV
Clubplanet’s #1 club LIV is at it again, this time with EDM legend, Tiesto. Do we think Tiesto has found the sunrise he’s been searching for? His tunes have certainly been sounding different lately. He’ll be joined by South Beach staple, Cedric Gervais who will have hopefully found the Molly he’s been searching for by then.

Dirty Dutch f/ Chuckie, Tinie Tempah (LIVE) @ Amnesia
Chuckie is a party monster! And his Dirty Dutch shows don’t ever disappoint. Prepare to black out with this crew that will include Gregory Klosman, Dimitri Vegas &Like Mike. Will Lil’ Jon show up popping bottles? It has definitely happened before...

Fly Eye Records and Cr2 Present Miami 2012 f/ Calvin Harris, MYNC, MichaelWoods, Burns and special guest Nicky Romero @ Mansion
We found love with Calvin Harris and crew. These boys know how to party! And have been globe trotting around on tour together for some months. Harris has established himself as top industry talent and Nicky Romero is a rapidly rising star.

Group Therapy f/ Above & Beyond, Arty and Mat Zo @ Bayfront Amphitheater
Open up in Bayfront Amphitheater for Above and Beyond’s Group Therapy, a party that formerly took place in Miami’s Ice Palace. The DJ duo will be laying down trance tracks under the moon and will be joined by fellow jocks Jaytech and Boom Jinx .


Under the Sun:
Pete Tong’s Pool Party w/ Calvin Harris, Chuckie, Feed Me and more @ Surfcomber
For anyone who does not religiously listen to Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mixshow, drop everything you’re doing right now and tune in.This man has the Midas touch of music and sets the bar high for a WMC poolparty. He’ll be joined by R3hab, Guy Gerber and Madeon. This one is not to be missed.

12 years of SAW Recordings f/ Satoshi Tomie and Hector Romero @ Euforia
The bliss will flow freely with Satoshi Tomie and Hector Romero at this party celebrating their NYC house and progressive house label. The party runs all dayand night and includes a special unannounced guest - stroll on by to see for yourself who it is.

Under the Moon:
Musical Freedom - secret line-up! @ Arkadia
Psst there’s a secret line-up for Tiesto’s label at Arkadia. We wonder who is playing...

Ultra Carry On f/ Dirty South, Thomas Gold, Tommy Trash @ Mansion
If you rearrange the names of these DJs, you end up with a heap of Dirty, GoldTrash - sounds like a party if we’ve ever heard of one! Dirty South’s sweet house beats have been rocking dance floors for the longest out of these three, but Trash and Gold are quickly on the well-deserved rise.

Mark Knight presents Toolroom Knights f/ Mark Knight and Funkagenda w/ Specialguest Sander Van Doorn @ Cameo
What a line-up! This is one of those parties that combines unexpected elements of greatness from all sides of the EDM coin. John Dahlback and Umek will also beon hand, rounding out the variety of talent. If a genre pie chart was created to represent this party, it would look like an extremely symmetrical pizza pie.

Masquerade Motel f/ Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, Alesso, etc. @ Grand Central Park
This massive event made waves last year on the beach and will be returning this year with an updated line-up and a new location in downtown Miami. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Swedish House Mafia have become household names,selling out Madison Square Garden in 9 minutes.


Under the Sun:
Mau5trap Pool Party f/ Moguai, Feed Me, Steve Duda + many more @ Fountaineblaeu OceanLawn
Come out and play with the Mau5trap crew for this all-star event. Feed Me will be satisfying rave hunger with their wicked beats all day long. Mau5trap is Deadmau5’s label so there’s always a chance that the boss may show up.

Pacha Ibiza presents Annual Classics f/ Bob Sinclar & DJ Jazzy Jeff @ Shelbourne
The booking genius behind this line up deserves a serious pat on the back. When else will Bob Sinclar have the chance to tell DJ Jazzy Jeff, “World, Hold On.”For kitsch factor alone, this one is not to be missed - thanks Pacha Ibiza!

Under the Moon:
Ultra Carry on w/ Felix Da Housecat, Busy P, Kissy Sell Out and Tommie Sunshine @ [email protected] Biscayne
Felix Da Housecat continually turns it out. Busy P brought Daft Punk to their robot fame. Tommie Sunshine is a New York legend. And Kissy Sell Out ain’t too shabby, either. All of these guys have unarguable street cred and are guaranteed to deliver their individual, signature sounds.

Steve Angello & Robbie Rivera , Pete Tong @ Space Terrace
With or without the rest of the Mafia, Steve Angello ‘s sets continually deliver sick house beats. Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso may have to watch out for thetalent of Pete Tong and Robbie Rivera - moving in on their Mafia territory.


Under the Sun:
Last Resort f/ Maya Jane Coles, Wolf + Lamb, Visionquest, Maceo Plex, Soul Clap andmore @ Villa 221
Maya Jane Coles has been blowing up in the UK and it’s finally time to see what all of the buzz is about. This line-up is stellar and also includes Tanner Ross, DJ Three, and Magda. Not a bad choice for a “Last Resort.”

Under the Moon:
Mansion - Ultra Carry On w/ Armin van Buuren, Gabriel & Dresden, W&W, JochenMiller
After headlining Ultra on Sunday, AVB will be taking his trance tracks to the decksat the newly re-modeled Mansion. His line-up for the night looks like it came straight out of the liner notes of one of his “A State of Trance” albums. Yes, this is a good thing.

WMC Closing Fiesta f/ Markus Shulz, Victor Calderone, Paco Osuna, The MartinezBrothers and Ida Engberg @ Space
No other club night would offer the stark contrast of The Martinez Brothers nextto Victor Calderone. But leave it up to the closing party at Space to experiment like in this way, bridging this gap between audiences. It’s the end of the week, so by this point all bets are off.
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