WMC & Ultra Music Festival 2010 Recap
Not really sure where to start for this one! I spent 5 days and 4 nights in Miami to experience the one and only WMC. I stayed at the Eden Roc hotel, which was the sponsored hotel for the WMC events. I have to say, coming downstairs every morning to a DJ spinning in the lobby was pretty nice! That evening, I went to LIV at Fountainbleu where Laidback Luke was performing. This is probably one of my new favorite clubs! The club was PACKED. After leaving LIV, I went to Space to check it out and meet up with Rachael Starr who was spinning that evening. Thursday I went to Robbie Rivera’s Juicy Party at Nikki Beach…minus the $80 entrance fee & $30 beach towels (yes I’m serious), the music was worth the money; however, I’ve come to call this Nikki Sand, seeing as though the beach has been fenced OFF and you can’t even see the ocean. 😦 I got to stand directly to the right of Robbie Rivera during his set & even got a free Juicy Beach Robbie t-shirt! After getting back to the hotel around 8pm (already exhausted) I was put to sleep by the beats of Steve Angello dj’ing at the Eden Roc pool party. That evening it was back to LIV. Along with Friday and an obscene amount of rain & the Circoloco party at Eden Roc (not too impressive). The first day of Ultra was finally here.
As I entered Ultra Music Festival, I was not only given a super cool VIP wristband, but an Ultra mini backpack full of dj mags, cds, and of course the Ultra Tshirt! Excited and giddy, I went straight to the VIP section for the main stage. Even though VIP was shockingly small (considering how many people went to the event and bought VIP), the airconditioned “lounge” downstairs and upstairs balcony provided great service and views of the stage. After I watched LMFAO perform, it was time to get some food – this is when all hell broke loose. When I returned from the VIP section after eating, they refused me entrance. The police, fire marshalls, and security guards had blocked off VIP (where I left my sister and friend) and were not letting ANYONE in or explaining the situation. As the crowd for VIP grew tremendously (prob 100 ppl waiting to get into VIP), I sadly and angrily watched the amazing David Guetta perform. Amidst being pushed, having drinks poured on me, & having someone almost steal my camera, the David Guetta performance was extremely memorable. His light show/effects paired with his warming ability to speak genuinely and openly with the crowd (Oh and Will.I.Am – they debuted the new Gettin Over remix with Fergie) were the cherry on top of his music. The rest of the evening I enjoyed Afrojack (well only heard this one because I was getting crushed in the herd of angry VIPS), Wolfgang Gardner, and Tiesto! Adventures after Ultra did not stop, as my friends and I walked 2 hours to get a cab that was willing to drive us to our hotel!
Saturday was definitely a much better day overall, the weather was beautiful and I was able to enjoy the beach! Expecting the worst as I returned to Ultra, I was ready for ANYTHING! Luckily, drama was minimal that evening. On the main Ultra Stage I was able to watch the very excited and giddy Armin Van Buuren (he definitely danced more than I did), Swedish House Mafia, & Deadmau5. Swedish House Mafia pleasantly surprised me and I am now a loyal fan! The trip ended with bad weather (Welcome to Florida) & a signature from Deadmau5 himself before we all boarded the plane together! Overall, the trip definitely had its ups and downs, but was worth it. These djs are extremely talented, they value and appreciate their fans, and most importantly you can tell they LOVE what they do to the core.
I’m not sure I’ll be attending another WMC (my wallet votes No), but I’m glad to have went and experienced the magic of music!