ANTS Ibiza took over the Miami Music Week 2019 closing party at the National Hotel and what an unforgettable experience that was. Having been to an ANTS party in Ibiza and at BPM Festival in Mexico, I was excited to learn that for the first time it was being held in Miami during Miami Music Week. Aside from the endless parties happening on that Wednesday to Sunday, it is also an important week for artists to test out new music and network with other people in the music industry.
The National Hotel is one of the most popular venues for pool parties to be held during this busy week. Check-in was seamless and the décor inside and outside of the hotel leading to the stage area is 5 star. Upon heading into the pool area, one of the first things I noticed was the unique layout of the party. The dancefloor area was sand adding to the beachy vibe.
This year’s lineup consisted of all back to back sets. We arrived in time to catch the ending of Lauren Lane b2b Martin Buttrich. Their tracks, both deep and heavy, set the right mood for the afternoon. Even though it was still day time, the music made it feel like we were in a dark club. The atmosphere at the National was great and even with the crowd, there was still plenty of space to let loose and dance comfortably. Tiga b2b Davide Squillace kept the groove by playing tracks like “Multiply”- Skin on Skin, “Say Something”-Nasser Baker, and Blessed (Dirty Mix)-Tiga & Martinez Brothers.
Adding to our viewing pleasure, there were professional ANTS’ dancers and co2 cannons that would go off every now and then covering the entire crowd during the build-up of a song. Steve Lawler did not disappoint with the big bass that rocked the crowd. He held his own and united the crowd when he played “I lost you”-Electronic Youth, Emeskay and “Music is the Answer”-Mike Vale.
Towards the end of the night, I got word that Dennis Ferrer would not be making it to the show due to a back injury. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery. As a huge fan, I was bummed but the show must go on. After Steve Lawler finished his solo set, Matthias Tanzmann joined for an unexpected b2b set to finish off the night.“Be sharp, say nowt”- Patrick Topping is what really did it for me. The gospel wails with crowd noises, a fat kick drum and synths, combine this track as one of the biggest bombs since its’ release in 2017. “Black Strobe”- Alexander Aurel was another crowd pleaser.
ANTS is a party for people who are looking to truly DANCE and for people who don’t care about the mainstream house. Along with this carefully curated lineup, Miami is a great setting and the National Hotel provided an amazing sound system. ANTS is one hell of a party and worth the money spent if they are ever in your city.