Deadmau5's Free Show for the Real Fans: "Miami's Been Redeemed"

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The Mau5 heads came out in downtown Miami last night.

Deadmau5
Ice Palace Studios, Miami
Saturday, February 15, 2014

Better Than: Sitting at home realizing you definitely can't afford to go to Ultra this year, thinking up futile ways to try and sneak in.

Yep, we did it guys. We've finally earned cranky old Joel Zimmerman's respect.

As you may know, just six weeks ago, the man who goes by the name Deadmau5 condemned our city and its pompous VIP culture after a gig at South Beach's Mansion, declaring, "I won't be playing any more Miami clubs."

Last night, though, the Mau5 gave us another chance. And yes, he even seemed to enjoy himself.

See also: Ten Things Deadmau5 Hates Most About EDM

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Incensed by his stop at Mansion last month, Deadmau5 took to social media and rattled off a whole bunch of bitchy tweets. He complained that the real fans were stuck in the back while the "trust fund kids" crowded the DJ booth. And he concluded with his veto on any future club gigs in our city.

But the plot thickened a week later, when downtown Miami's Space asked the DJ to come "host a free show" and sweetened the invite by offering to "cover expenses up to $25,000."

Negotiations were swift (and conducted mostly via Twitter), though the festivities were eventually moved to Space's sister venue, Ice Palace Studios, to deal with the inevitable mob of dance music fanatics.

And that's the party we here at Crossfade attended last night, where 4,000 people gathered to shower the Mau5 with the love that he definitely thinks he deserves.

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With doors opening at 10 p.m., fans lined up around the block at least 45 minutes early.

Glowing mohawks and neon shirts colored the streets. And the crowd was flush with big-booty babes and studs in snapbacks, though there was also the occasional hipster-y fan, clad in a classic button-up and skinny jeans.

All in all, the scene was very 305. One guy even had a shirt proclaiming "I <3 HATERS" a shout out to Deadmau5 himself, as doubters and naysayers seem to be the driving force behind 86 percent of what he does.

See also: Deadmau5's Four Most Vicious Feuds: From Madonna to Ultra Music Festival to EDM

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Ice Palace Film Studios

1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

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22 comments
evelsteve
evelsteve

There's nothing "real" about deadmau5

alucardtepez
alucardtepez

the guy that wrote this sounds like is hating..just saying..

Dimitris Thedreamboy
Dimitris Thedreamboy

how can they piss him off If they paid for everything & still gave him cash.... DUH

Jocelyn Talavera
Jocelyn Talavera

Guisell Carrion Christopher Carlson In a nut a shell lol

Bryan Beasley
Bryan Beasley

Great. Now stop writing about him every other day. It's tiresome to your loyal readers.

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

Omg the concert changed my life (Y) that's why I didn't care to go LOL

axl.reinvented
axl.reinvented

Went to the show and thought it was an AWESOME time - don't know why more events like these aren't thrown AT LEAST once a month. How cool would it be if once or twice a month, unbeknownst to the Miami people; there was a great artist that dispersed an amount of tickets that are snagged basically by chance. Didn't get some? Oh well, better luck at the next one. The outside area was an ideal chill spot. Sure, the drink game was the same old BS but whatever.

SIDE NOTE: Is there ANYONE reading this comment who knows if there's sound from the show Saturday on any medium right now? I'd love to give the set a re-listen. Reply to comment if anything. Thanks.

Muse TD
Muse TD

The show was awesome. I couldnt stay til 5 though.

Ryan Andersen Merz
Ryan Andersen Merz

How about Deadmau5 redeemed himself. Donate $25k to Miami Children's and play a Free show after he had another tantrum. Show was great.

lunatrip
lunatrip

Absolutely incredible. What a show... 

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