Miami becomes the art capital of the world in December with the arrival of Art Basel and the music capital of the world in March for Miami Music Week, but there’s yet to be an event that combines the two successfully in Miami. This weekend’s III Points Festival hopes to change that: it’s Art Basel for those who find that fair too bourgeois and Miami Music Week for those who prefer underground dance music instead of corporatized EDM.
The festival is a partnership between acclaimed independent music label Young Turks and Midtown hotspot Bardot in conjunction with Jason Odio. It should come as no surprise that these purveyors of cool music and nightlife would choose to make music the festival’s primary focus, featuring over 50 DJs and live acts, a staggering amount that represents every facet of dance music under the sun including house, techno, funk, disco, dance rock and more.
While music is without question the star of III Points, art is a crucial component for the show. III Points has collaborated with many local artists to provide unique commissioned works specifically for the festival. In addition, the festival has partnered with local galleries to provide tours and panel discussions with major stakeholders in the arts community.
Rather than make a festival that isolates itself into one area (like Ultra Music Festival in Bayfront Park), III Points takes over many established and respected spots throughout the city; the nearly 40 events will be taking over galleries, nightclubs, concert venues, and warehouses (even an indoor soccer field!) all over Wynwood, Midtown and Downtown. In addition the vast majority of the events taking place will actually be free of charge.
From the massive list of events to attend, we picked out what we think are the best of the weekend.
THURSDAY, OCT. 3
Miami Horror Live Kick-off
Australian indie-pop band Miami Horror has long been a favorite of the hipster set with their infectious synth-driven beats. The band’s taking their dance-pop sensibilities to the stage with a live show at Bardot that’ll have you off your seats all night long.
Thursday, October 3 at Bardot from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. $20-30
FRIDAY, OCT. 4
Samsung Galaxy Gallery
Local art duo T.M. Sisters in collaboration with tech giant Samsung will be showcasing an art exhibition created specifically for the III Points Festival that will merge art, music and technology. The sisters have created celestially-inspired video art and imagery that’ll be displayed on Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets. Even better, YACHT (one of the festival’s headliners) created music specifically for their pieces.
Friday, Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m and Saturday Oct. 5 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free.
Vinyl Disco with Juan MacLean and Benton
Vinyl lovers rejoice! Acclaimed electronic musician and DJ Juan MacLean and emerging British DJ Benton will be going behind the turntables at Gramps to show off their love for vinyl records with a whole evening of music exclusively on the format.
Friday, Oct. 4 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Gramps. Free.
SATURDAY, OCT. 5
DFA BBQ with YACHT
YACHT stole the hearts of indie music lovers with their hit “Psychic City” and have been charming us with their witty lyrics and funky beats. They’ll be sharing the stage at Cafeina with Matt Cash and Stevie Be for an early evening show and cookout that we’re sure will be as hip and cool as it sounds.
Saturday, Oct. 5 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Cafeina. $30.
Point Blank with James Murphy, Jamie XX and Jacques Greene
This show is nothing short of a Miami hipster’s dream come true. DJs James Murphy (formerly the lead singer of the now-disbanded LCD Soundsystem) and Jamie XX (from the wildly popular indie band the XX) will be sharing the festival’s mainstage with emerging Canadian talent Jacques Greene for what is expected to be the highlight of the weekend (and possibly the year).
Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. at Soundstage at Mana Wynwood. $57-145.
For the full schedule and ticket information go to www.iiipoints.com.