(THE CREW via @lauradambuleff)

It’s an age-old illness of the mind. Once the clock strikes March, there’s only one thing on our minds here at GDD™ and that one thing never seems to disappoint. We’re talkin’ MIAMI. This year Troy Kurtz, jonahberry, BONES, and burn unit made their way down to the Magic City for Electronic Music’s annual non-vacation vacation. Here’s some of the best of what we caught during the week.

GDD’s Top Parties

GDD™ WMC Showcase @ Bardot
Mickey*, Plastic Plates, Maxxi Soundsystem, Cassian, Finger Prince, Troy Kurtz & Pirate Stereo

*Mickey set the dance-floor on fire this one

Dirtybird BBQ @ Villa 221
Claude VonStroke, J Phlip, Eats Everything, Catz n Dogz, Justin Martin, and more

(HOLY LINEUP via @troykurtz)

Miami Noize 2012 @ Mamushkas
Boys Noize, Spank Rock, Switch, Bart B More, Djedjotronic, Annie Mac* and more

*We love Annie Mac for many reasons, but most recently for dropping this in the middle of her set

UMF Worldwide Stage Sunday @ Ultra Music Festival
Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Art Department, Lee Foss* & more

(Damian Lazarus at Ultra via @troykurtz)

*The hot Miami sun was setting behind the massive skyscrapers that line Biscayne Blvd while Lee Foss got an entire crowd of strangers dancing together on Sunday evening with this one

Hard 2 Leave @ Goldrush
DJ Craze, Tamara Sky, Skeet Skeet, Troy Kurtz, AC Slater, Caligula, Spinstyles and lots and lots of strippers*

(#HOMANCE via lastnightsparty x overthrow)

*Undeniable anthem of the evening

Ultra Music Festival

It’s pretty common knowledge that the festival isn’t the only thing happening all week, but there is a reason everything revolves around the massive undertaking that is UMF. In a new venue for the first time in years it almost felt like a completely new experience. One thing I did love about Bicentennial Park was how the downtown Miami skyline completely enveloped the entire experience. This year that sort of got lost as the park was rife with trees and various structures that sort of obstructed the view. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic environment and I didn’t experience many problems maneuvering from stage to stage.

(Loco Dice at the Carl Cox Tent via @troykurtz)

Aside from the wretched Madonna debacle during Avicii’s headlining set the festival was pretty much flawless. No, we will not even dignify Madonna with more than these words. Moving on, Skrillex and the homie 12th Planet went back to back for an impromptu set on Saturday, while on Sunday afternoon at the UMF Worldwide stage, the battered GDD camp took a breather on the grass by Biscayne Bay to witness one of the best displays of deep house that we had ever seen. Jamie Jones was truly impressive, and seeing Kenny Glasgow of Art Department perform his new track ‘Our Time in Liberty‘ live was the perfect way to wrap up a great festival experience.

(Ultra from 24 floors up via @troykurtz)