Miami was ready to go DEEP and apparently so was Oliver Heldens at his Heldeep After Dark party which took place at The Florida Room in the Delano Hotel on Thursday, March 28th during Miami Music Week. The party never stopped from the second it started. Oliver put together an amazing lineup of Hook N Sling, Niko The Kid, Carta, and Anna Lunoe in addition to himself. Oliver ended up randomly popping at so many different parties this week including Kaskade & Friends and Shaq’s Fun House (where he went b2b with the legendary Armin Van Burren) but this being his first official headlining party, he came ready to show us what he got.
The stunning Florida Room is an intimate setting by its size which gave the feeling of an underground illegal party in Europe. Illuminated by faint purple lighting, you are brought straight into the dancefloor after following a short corridor. Beautiful neon writing behind the DJ booth read “I’m never gonna dance again, the way I danced with you…” And what a true
statement that was.
My feet did not stop moving until the night sadly came to an end. I arrived around 1am, and already there was commotion at the front door of fans trying to get into the venue. Anna Lunoe had the club going crazy with Will Clarke & Nick Monaco’s highly addictive track “Like A Girl”. Oliver arrived at around 2:15am and shared a short unexpected b2b with Lunoe until it was time for his headlining slot.
For the next two hours, we were taken through a journey full of house, techno, bass and everything in between. One of the things I love more about an Oliver Heldens show in an intimate setting is that you really have no idea what he’s going to play and where the night is going to go. Some fan favorites like “Gecko (Overdrive)” “Men On Mars, “WTF,” and popular remixes of his such as “One Kiss” and “Le Freak” set off the crowd into a roar and was a great way to get the dancefloor on side. One of the most memorable moments throughout the night was when he started to showcase his techno side by playing “Astral Projection” by Enrico Sangiuliano which we learned on Sunday of Ultra Music Festival to be one of the highlights from his mainstage set. You can listen to the entire set here:
4 am came and the night had come to an end but we were in for one more treat as
him and Carta ended up going back to back and brought out every last bit of energy
the crowd had left. I’ve always said Oliver really knows how to connect with the crowd and this night further proved my statement. As I waited for my Uber outside, I ended up having a brief interaction to let him know how great of a night it was and how I couldn’t wait to see him at Ultra on Sunday. He couldn’t have been sweeter and thanked me for the kind words. Nothing I love more than a DJ that has the same love and adoration for their fans.