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15 Mar - Your Guide to the 2013 Winter Music Conference

Bust out the glow sticks, it’s that time of year: the electronic dance music community is converging on Bayfront Park for the annual Winter Music Conference. For 25+ years the weeklong affair has brought the hottest EDM and pop superstars from Swedish House Mafia to Rihanna and Lady Gaga.

Tickets are still available at the door for $475. Too rich for your blood? Not to worry. The conference features plenty of free events for fans on a budget, most notably the DJ Spin Off and Exhibit Show. Not to mention club events and parties across Miami and right in our backyard.

Freehand Miami Events

Galore Mag x Freehand Miami WMC Kick Off Party // Thursday, March 21, 6-10pm

We’re partnering with Galore Mag, online home of all things model-related, to throw a WMC kick-off pool party sponsored by Nifty ThriftyAbsolut Vodka and Beefeater Gin. Gorgeous Brazilian model/blogger Ashley Sky will host and we’ll feature fresh, up-and-comer DJs Prince Peter, Jacob and Amanda Del Duca, and model/rock-heiress Alexandra Richards.

Le Pool Party with Kitsuné // Friday, March 22, 1-7pm

We’re teaming up with refined French journal, fashion brand, and party planners Kitsuné to throw an all-day pool party, comme il faut en France. That’s right, we’ll be kissing each others’ cheeks, dressing in black, drinking Corzo like fish, and exchanging long, smoldering looks of ennui while we tastefully enjoy sets by deliciously talented DJs ColeCoAlison ValentineMia MorettiAmtrac, and Poolside. Cigarettes and small dogs not required, but a beret and baguette wouldn’t hurt.

Broken Radio // Saturday, March 23rd, 3pm-late

Join us next Saturday for our first Backyard BBQ co-hosted with pop-up bar, Radio. The BBQin’ portion starts at 3pm in our backyard with bbq on the grill, Broken Shaker punch bowls, and sets by DJ Reid Waters and a live performance by Chick Habit.

Starting at 7pm, we’ll have buses coming by to take the party over to Radio for an 8pm show by local disco/soul/funk dance quartet Krisp. There’s your Saturday. No tickets, No cover, BOOM!

Winter Music Conference Events

DJ Spin Off

Witness 12 DJ’s battle on the ones & twos in front of celebrity judges Kid Capri & Rich Medina, stars of VH1’s Master of the Mix. The two-day affair is broken up into separate competitions on Monday the 18th at 2:00pm and Tuesday the 19th at 3:00pm. So whether you’re a hardcore hip-hop head or just love the battle scene from Juice, this show will not disappoint.

Exhibit Show

If you get weak in the knees nerding out over music gear, you won’t want to miss this event on Monday, the 18th and Tuesday, the 19th. This two-day extravaganza is a music geek’s wet dream, featuring the most innovative technology and cutting-edge equipment on the market today (more details here).

Club Events & Parties

The fun doesn’t stop when the conference ends. If we know one thing about EDM fans and artists, it’s that they know how to have a good time. This is the week to get out and hit the clubs. For more info, check out The List: The Complete Guide to Events in and around WMC.