A Look Into Miami Music Week


Ryan McKean

FTX Arena hosting a concert Tyler the Creator during the Miami Music Festival.

Julia Strasius, Business Manager

Every year, thousands of people from around the world travel to Miami for Miami Music Week. From Mar. 22-27, Miami celebrates all things electronic music-related. Whether one is into the techno scene or the deep house scene, Music Week offers events for lovers of all styles of electronic music. 

Miami Music Week is essentially a week of parties that feature some of the biggest artists known in the electronic dance music scene. Artists like FISHER, Kygo, Steve Aoki, David Guetta and Tiësto come down to perform at clubs, festivals and pool parties. 

Some of the main venues for Music Week include nightclubs, boats, pools and pop-up places in various areas around Miami, such as Wynwood, Brickell and Miami Beach. 

This year, one of the primary events made its return after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Ultra Music Festival. Over 165,000 fans from more than 60 countries came together at Bayfront Park to listen to their favorite artists. Helicopters circled the area and watched people file into the venue over the three-day period, while thousands more watched the various festival live streams to experience the festival from afar. 

“The festival was a great outlet to meet people [who] share a common love for music,” Miami Palmetto Senior High senior and Ultra attendee Daniela Hernandez said. “It is eye opening to see how so many walks of life can connect over one thing. It is an atmosphere of euphoria.”

In the past, Ultra was held in downtown Miami for almost two decades. Then, in 2018, city commissioners voted against renewing the festival’s contract given complaints from downtown Miami residents. In 2019, the festival moved to Virginia Key, but due to more issues and sound complaints, it moved again in 2022.

With over four stages, artists played all over Bayfront Park. Some artists, like Forester, made their first appearance on the Ultra stage, while others — like Alesso — made their long-anticipated returns. The festival ended with a bang when Hardwell closed his set with fireworks and pyrotechnics shooting out of the stage. Firefighters and police were spread around the park on standby in case any festival-goers needed medical assistance or attention. 

Aside from Ultra, Miami Music Week features other notable events like Get Lost, Rapture Festival, HARD Miami and Paradise Miami. Rapture Festival made their tenth anniversary debut at Virginia Key Park after a three-year hiatus and featured several underground artists. 

Although many of these Music Week events are age-restricted, there are still opportunities around the city for people of any age to listen to this music. 

Miami Music Week is a time for any individual to take their love for electronic dance music to the streets of Miami.