Prior to Ultra Music Festival 2011, Consequence of Sound’s Editor-in-Chief, and one-time South Floridian, Michael Roffman left me with the simple words of wisdom: “Keep your eyes open.” The advice seems obvious for properly covering a festival, but when that festival has seven stages, is flooded with beautiful bodies from every corner of the globe, and is located in one of the most picturesque locations in the United States (only bested by the view from the hill at Sasquatch!), the task can be a little daunting. Toss in dozens of world-renowned after-parties spread across some of the world’s best clubs and maneuvering through Miami Music Week can quickly devolve into a chaotic mess.
Centrally located in Miami’s Bayfront Park, out-of-town revelers have ample opportunity to explore the city’s many diverse neighborhoods — that is if they can wake up much earlier than the festival’s noon gate time. Coral Gables, South Beach, Little Havana, Wynwood, and Coconut Grove are all within reach via public transit and offer a wealth of activities that capture the essence of The Magic City outside of the festival hysteria. For those that are looking for a bit of serenity before bass-submersion, natural landmarks and relatively-calm Cuban coffee/sandwich shops are never more than a few miles apart in South Florida.
After several visits, and multiple sticky situations, CoS has just a few tips to help reduce some of the side-effects and maximize the potency of the EDM-energy that pulses through Miami’s March Madness. So, download the App, grab some paper and a number 2 pencil, cue up Google Maps, and let’s get to planning.
Senior Staff Writer