Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike Headline Pete Tong’s Annual Pool Party at the Surfcomber Hotel on South Beach

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This year, Pete Tong brought his “All Gone Pete Tong” brand back to South Beach for his annual pool party held at the Surfcomber Hotel.

The pool party is a can’t miss event and Pete Tong always has a great lineup of popular headliners and underground talent, which is why I return year after year.

3_28_petetong1Hosted by one of the best pool party venues on South Beach, the Surfcomber Hotel never disappoints. A beach-front dancefloor adorns the ocean-facing stage, allowing patrons to kick off their flip-flops and truly enjoy some great music.

The sound system only adds to the party and pumps enough bass to make your heart skip a beat. Not to mention there is a pool filled with scantily-clad women…..and men.

Miami does not discriminate.

While you are poolside from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., you may want to grab yourself an adult beverage.

As the sign above lists, all bars are cash only and that same rule applies for most parties in Miami during WMC/MMW. Even if the bar does accept plastic, you might want to stray away from using a credit card. IMG_3687Cash is just always a quicker, safer bet when dealing with Miami venues.

Drink prices are astronomical and comparable to a live-concert venue or sporting event. The Surfcomber Hotel, though expensive, still remains a few dollars cheaper than other hotels such as the Shelborne and the National.
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All performances were tremendous and after attending last year’s incarnation of the infamous “All Gone Pete Tong” party (which included sets from headliners such as Dirty South, Cedric Gervais, Roger Sanchez), I knew my girlfriend and I were in for a great show.

(Pictured below: “All Gone Pete Tong” pool party 2013)

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We arrived to the venue early because we had purchased before 2p.m. entry ONLY tickets. The opening artists all maintained a chill, house vibe which was perfect for the poolside setting.

I was excited to catch a set from Oliver Heldens after finding his “Heldeep” mixtape series online. Heldens brought along a unique blend of electro and deep house bangers that allowed the crowd to burst onto the dance floor.

 

Michael Brun would follow Heldens and contribute more of a big-room, progressive sound to the party.

Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano were scheduled to take the stage after Brun but Marciano would run late, finally arriving 10 minutes into their 30 minute set.

Unlike in previous “All Gone Pete Tong” pool parties, the main headliners did not play traditional, main-stage electro house sets. I had mentally-prepared for Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike to headline the day and drop all their notable Beatport #1 hits. Instead, we received a deep, tech house performance from the Greek-Belgiun duo.

In the midst of the duo’s set, a beach ball was hit over to my girlfriend and I. This is common across all EDM festivals, concerts, and live performances. My girlfriend punched the ball into the wind which then carried over to the DJ booth, landing on Vegas’s drink, and making it explode all over him.

I was impressed by his focus during the spill and he even retweeted the incident.

Pete Tong took over at 7 p.m. and would provide a wonderful transition as the sunset behind us. Deep basslines and rhythmic drums would keep the crowd pulsing after all notable headliners had concluded their scheduled sets.

I was excited to catch live-sets from Marc Kinchen (MK) and Dubfire but after being in the sun for seven hours, there was no way we were going to enjoy them so we exited the event a little early.

All performances throughout the day were fantastic and solidified why the “All Gone Pete Tong” pool party at the Surfcomber is a annual must-attend event.

(Pictured below: “All Gone Pete Tong” pool party 2014)

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Photo Cred: @Kengoallnight