Miami is known for bright lights, beautiful beaches and insanely fun times and the annual Ultra Music Festival is no exception to this rule. We’ve put together a list of our favorite hangs and must-see bands to ensure that your weekend in Miami is truly electrifying. Tune into Twitter, Vine, Snapchat (OfficialAEO) and Instagram for real time Ultra updates from our AEO reps, Stephanie and Kate!
Girls: Miami is all about bright colors. Pack a pop of neon with our Soft Cutout Bralette and pair it back to our most loved High-Rise Festival Shorties. Throw on a pair of High Top Sneakers and a bandanna for a look you’re bound to love.
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Neon totally works for guys too, especially in the city where the heat is on. Keep your #AEOStyle cool in the Miami sun by pairing your neon swim trunks with a photo real tank and canvas sneakers. Don’t forget to throw on a 5-Panel Hat for a bit of shade.
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The Dutch: American style food with a big city feel. They buy local so you can eat well.
Rosa Mexicano: Holy guacamole. Mexican cuisine that’s fresh, festive and flavorful.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar: Southern hospitality at its finest. From farm to table, feel like you’re devouring a home cooked meal in downtown Miami.
Broken Shaker: Wet your whistle with delicious handcrafted cocktails made from fresh ingredients.
South Beach: Enjoy the fun and sun on the Miami coastline.
Ocean Drive: Walk down the art deco inspired avenue for great grub, neon architecture and entertainment.
Lincoln Road: A shoppers paradise. This pedestrian only road is filled with everything from vintage shops to AEO and Dylan’s Candy Bar. We like Fly Boutique and of course, anything that involves candy and #AEOStyle.
Wynwood Walls: This art mecca was once a neighborhood full of abandoned warehouses. Graffiti artists have transformed this area into a work of art. Check out our #HEARTTHISCITY mural that we did for Alternative Spring Break!
Krewella: You’ve heard them on the radio and in your favorite dance club on Friday night. This killer Chicago-based trio of Jahan Yousaf, Yasmine Yousaf, and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl are known for their underground anthems that you can’t help but sing along to.
Zedd: At the age of 24, Zedd has worked his way up the charts with talent that transcends him as an internationally recognized DJ and producer. Launching his career with remixes of B.o.B and Lady Gaga (“Marry the Night” and “Born This Way”), Zedd went on to produce three of Lady Gaga’s songs in the 2013 album, ArtPop.
Diplo: Thomas Wesley Pentz, or Diplo, is an L.A.-based DJ, music producer, rapper and songwriter. His mash-ups are hip-hop meets 80’s meets Miami underground.
Armin Van Buuren: International progressive trance DJ Armin Van Buuren has been making hits since 1995, but has been recently noted for his 2013 return. With plenty of featured vocals, each track becomes a bit more emotional and that much more fun to blast on a Friday night.
Kill Frenzy: He’s been making booties shake all the way from L.A. to London with his unique blend of bass and ghetto house music. He’s released on such dance music luminaries as Turbo Recordings, Hypercolour and everyone’s favorite citizens of the West Coast, Dirtybird Records.
Listen to: “Footwork.”
J.Phlip: Truly a DJ’s DJ. Her sets edge into the darker realms of techno-land, but she’s always got that booty tech sense of humor. She started her career when she was an engineering student, of all things, and she quickly rose to become one of the best, never straying from her quirky personality.
Listen to: “Coefficient.”
Gesaffelstein: Aka the Prince of Darkness, has taken the techno, electro AND hip-hop worlds by storm with his multi-genre debut EP, “Aleph.” He’s written beats for everyone from Kanye West to A$AP Rocky, and he’s just as much techno underground as he is streetwise hip-hop producer.
Listen to: His collab with A$AP Rocky, “In Distress.”
Cajmere: He’s been pushing the older, Chicago style of house music for years—and he’s definitely a veteran of the DJ world. His productions and mixes are groovy, sexy and tinged with just enough of the past to teach the younger generation a lesson about the old days. No bass-in-your-face here. Cajmere is all about the groove.
Listen to: “It’s Alright.”
Claude VonStroke: Also the boss of the Dirtybirds, is an expert curator. His sets go so deep and span out into all directions that no matter what genre of music you prefer, you’re guaranteed to have a good time when he’s behind the decks. Influenced heavily by the sounds of Detroit house as well as the vibes of his West Coast home, everything he does is party perfect.
Dusky hails from the London school of heavy bass house music: He’s always great at weaving in the perfect vocal hook over some throbbing house beats and each tune he’s put out in the past has been a head bobbing, sonic addiction.
Listen to: “Careless.”
Cant get enough of Ultra tunes? Check out our playlist on Spotify for more!