Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive at Grand Central for Miami Music Week

Photo by Ian Witlen
Mad Decent's Diplo goin' Massive at Grand Central.
See the full 35-photo Hard Miami Moombahton Massive at Grand Central slideshow.

Hard Miami and Mad Decent's Moombahton Massive
With Diplo, Dillon Francis, Nadastrom, and others
Grand Central, Miami
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Better Than: Seven hours of reggaeton and sirens.

Back in the fall of 2010, Dave Nada played some slowed-down Dutch house at his little cousin's party. A couple years later, the sound that pumped out of those fateful speakers is one of the hottest flavors on the EDM scene.

Yeah, we're talking Moombahton. And it's been adopted by some of the biggest names in the game, becoming so popular with bass crowds that Hard Miami and Mad Decent dedicated an entire night of insanity -- Moombahton Massive -- to its lazy rhythms, with one of the illest lineups to grace the Winter Music Conference and Miami Music Week schedule.

Our ears are still ringing, bro, but it was worth it.

Photo by Ian Witlen

When we got there, we found New York's Codes getting down and dirty, matched with Atlanta's moombah man Bro Safari and Miami's own up-and-coming superstar JWLS. It may have been Massive ground zero, with four hours of big-name moombahton sets to come. But already the place was going off hard.

Inside, Grand Central had been decorated to look like a damn Mexican birthday party with colorful streamers and animal piñatas hanging above everyone's heads. Members of the crowd beat at the papier mache donkeys with whatever they had until they came tumbling down, becoming makeshifts souvenirs.

Photo by Ian Witlen

Tittsworth and Mike B hit the decks for the next epic pairing. Of course, putting DJs on shared sets was the only way to fit so many headliners into one night, and it's always cool to see talented people work off one another.

Dave Nada entered the building and got the star treatment as Tittsworth grabbed the mic and made sure everyone hailed the king. Nada basked in the adoration with his hands up, like some kind of disco Jesus greeting his flock.

Photo by Ian Witlen
Raging with (thee) Mike B and Dave Nada.

Portugal's Buraka Som Sistema tore up the stage next, hyping the crowd with loads of hip-hop-infused moombah remixes like "Ass," and "6 Foot 7 foot." Of course, they dropped their hit "Hangover" and had the place in a jungle-beat frenzy before handing them over to the capable hands of "the world's crunkest DJ," AKA Diplo.

Location Info


Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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