Last weekend we decided to head back to Miami – the site of our alternative spring break – to hit up Ultra, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the northeastern hemisphere. We danced, we shopped, we partied until the Miami sun came up, we ate some good Peruvian food, oh and then we danced some more. You could probably add “raged” to that list. There was quite a bit of fist pumping, hands in the air energy. In short, it was freaking awesome! Check out our photo diary and relive the moments of Miami Music Week with us.
Not everyone at the massive Miami rave was a candy kid with fuzzy boots. We found AEO style everywhere we looked! And our Soft Cutout Bralette was a clear favorite amongst the ladies of Ultra.
Stopping at the Worldwide stage was almost inescapable as it was the first thing we ran into every time we entered the fest grounds. But with performances by GTA & Mat Zo, We didn’t mind one bit.
It was hot in Miami. Really hot. The go-to outfit for just about every festival girl was denim shorts and a bralette.
While big names like Deadmau5 and Guetta topped the lineup of the mainstage, tucked away on a large patch of grass was the Underground stage where the crowd was doing anything but raging. The Dirtybird Players, Kill Frenzy, J.Phlip, Justin Martin & the boss man, Claude VonStroke all offered up their house stylings to a chilled out crowd of house-heads.
The Main stage was where it was at for most of the festival. From Martin Garixx to Nicky Romero to a crushing performance from Hardwell, this is where we truly raged. Also, check out how many flags are in that crowd. Music aside, it was pretty cool to meet so many people from so many different continents!
You’ve no doubt seen plenty of scenic pictures showing off Miami’s gorgeous palm tree dotted skylines. But we had to throw at least one in for good measure. Can you blame us? This was taken from the festival grounds on the edge near the water. Anytime we couldn’t get Internet access – which is basically like water to us – we’d head over to that pretty spot, check our twitter feeds real quick, then head back to the party.
Few words can describe moments like these. Check out our Vine for some video footage. It’s worth it.
Before the insanity of Ultra, we headed to the Dirtybird party at Caffeina Wynwood Lounge to check out one of our fave DJs, J.Phlip. She brought the booty tech acid house just like we expected. And it was totally worth the pains of finding a cab to get home. But seriously, Miami cabbies. What gives with you guys?
Drum & bass, breakbeat, dubstep, UK garage, you name it, Chase & Status are pumping it. The Londoners have been playing raves since before most of you were old enough to know what one was. Consider them wise sages of the London underground. Respect!
Late night Sunday, the Underground Story Stage changed into the Ibiza stage and confused us. But we ended up checking out Ibiza veteran, John Digweed’s acid techno set, which ended up being a nice way to clear the brostep drops from rattling our brains too much.
We continued on that wave of atmospheric techno by visiting the Trance Stage. It was like nothing else we had experienced, something like the church of trance. We had a hard time even getting this shot of the stage because security kept telling us to move back. We managed though, ‘cause we love you guys.
There were tons of after parties going on in South Beach. They started long before we got there for the very music industry focused Winter Music Conference. We braved the angry cabbies and made our way out to LMNT Studies – actually in North Miami. And we caught the Boys Noize Records party, which featured the Detroit stylings of Jimmy Edgar; Bmore’s poster boy for rap, Spank Rock and the newest project from Skrillex called Dogblood where he partners with Boys Noize himself. You can check out our Vine for some cool footage of Jimmy Edgar killing it.
Beats Music Cocktail party with Poolside playing groovy house and disco cuts. One of our more chilled out moments.
We couldn’t possibly go to Miami without visiting our Lincoln Rd. store. Surrounded by fun and fancy shops, our AEO location there offers summertime duds year-round. It made us Pittsburgh folks wish we could relocate!
The last time we were in Miami, left our mark in Wynwood. This time around, we captured a lot more of the talented artists who also left their mark there. Below are some of our favorites. It was hard to choose, everything looked mesmerizing! This mural above is by Ron English and the below by RETNA.
Remember this? It hasn’t disappeared yet!
Stay tuned in to our Vine, Twitter, Instagram as well as our sister, Aerie’s social media for our next adventure in Indio, California! Or maybe we’ll see you there.