NYE-Gone-Wild Stories From Miami

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This wild Kitty and his friend end every year with a bang. Pun intended.

Oh, New Year's Eve ...

A time for reminiscing about the victories and failures of the past year, celebrating the fresh arrival of a new one, and, if you're anything like the party animals at the Vagabond, getting piss drunk.

It was the last Friday of 2013 and the downtown club was throwing a Sith-Mas holiday bash. As Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Chewbacca made their arrival, Star Wars freaks shared some New Year's Eve memories. Or lack thereof.

Here are four NYE-gone-wild stories as told by Miami's Siths, Jedis, and fierce Kitties.

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Miami's Six Most Expensive New Year's Eve 2014 Parties

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How much money is too much to blow on New Year's Eve? That's a trick question, because for the right wallet, the answer can only be, "There's no such thing."

Miami is a top-tier party destination and a big spender's paradise. So if you're looking to start 2014 by blowing $100,000 or so (because green faces get heavy), we here at Crossfade have got the perfect hangouts for you.

These are Miami's six most expensive NYE parties. And even if you're too poor for table service, you might still enjoy hating on these ticket prices.

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Rappers Delight on Record Label and Legal Battles: "We're Not Sugarhill Gang!"

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Hip-hoppin' on television.

Hip-hop will never die. And neither will "Rappers Delight," the song made famous in part by rap pioneers Wonder Mike and Master Gee.

As 2014 descends on Miami, The Stage will feature that pair, and their homie HenDogg, performing as Rappers Delight, alongside Suenalo, for a concert and party to bring in the New Year.

We here at Crossfade caught up with Wonder Mike, Master Gee, and HenDogg via conference call to find out what they think about Kanye West, Bob Sinclar, and the current state of hip-hop.

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Tracy Young: "New Year's Eve Is for Amateurs"

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It was just a few hours before midnight on New Year's Eve 2002, and the woman who'd DJed Madonna's wedding could not find parking. She had rejected multiple offers to play NYE parties in other cities, because she -- Tracy Young -- and her friends had decided that celebrating together on South Beach would be a better time.

But after fighting with SoBe's infamous traffic, turning down expensive hangout options, and ultimately missing the New Year's countdown, Tracy and crew realized they'd been wrong.

"I ended up at a friend's house, and I said, 'You know, we should create the NYE experience during the day,'" Young remembers. And thus, the world-renowned Genesis New Year's Day party was born.

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Miami's New Year's Eve 2014 Party Guide

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Another year, another 365 ragers.

In Miami, though, the New Year's Eve getdown doesn't last just one night. It's a weeklong bender of pachangas con Pitbull, tiki-tiki tunes with Tiësto, stripping and singing along with Robin Thicke and Pharrell, drankin' in the VIP with Lil Wayne, and chasing that cheese with Deadmau5.

Just check the cut for Miami's NYE 2014 party guide.

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Tiesto Promises "The Ultimate Tiesto Set" for New Year's Eve at LIV Miami

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Of all the DJs who've headlined Ultra Music Festival, Tiësto is the unofficial godfather. (Short of having his own mega-tent like Carl Cox, of course.) And he's presided over the jubilee since the early days. In fact, Miami is kind of his town.

He may be a Dutchman, but he's even kept a crash pad in our city. And we know for a fact that the biggest name in Dutch house can't wait to celebrate New Year's Eve on South Beach. He's got a special evening planned for LIV, and though tickets may be expensive, he's promising to put on "the ultimate Tiësto set."

And if he sticks to his 2014 resolutions, his new album will be dropping in the coming months too.

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Carl Cox, Half-Naked Party Girls, and NYE 2013 at Mansion Miami: A 25-Photo Recap

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Spending New Year's Eve with Carl Cox is so sexy.

On the last day of 2012, true acid house aficionados and horny people of all kinds gathered at Mansion Miami to ring in NYE.

Females felt up their friends. Dudes oogled the half-naked party girls who'd been paid to ride poles and dole out premium liquor shots straight from the bottle.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cox flashed the OK sign, passed out party favors, and raved out till 2013.

Check the cut for a 25-photo recap of Carl Cox's NYE on South Beach.

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-Review: Dirtybird Flocked to Grand Central Miami for an Ass-Clapping NYE 2013
-Review: Future, T.I., and New Year's Eve 2013 at Cameo on South Beach

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Dirtybird and Freaks Flocked to Grand Central Miami for an Ass-Clapping NYE 2013

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Dirtybird NYE 2013
With Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J. Phlip, Kill Frenzy, and Mark Starr
Grand Central, Miami
Monday, December 31, 2012

Better Than:
Any party that doesn't let you load up on free drinks for the first four hours.

San Francisco's Dirtybird Records isn't the fanciest label around. But it is damn near one of the best.

Same goes for this crew's NYE 2013 celebration at Grand Central, which may not have come with the heftiest price tag in town, but certainly delivered the funkiest, sexiest, and just plain dirtiest end-of-year sets in the MIA.

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-Dirtybird NYE 2013 at Grand Central: The 40-Photo Slideshow
-Review: Future, T.I., and New Year's Eve 2013 at Cameo on South Beach
-Carl Cox, Half-Naked Party Girls, and NYE 2013 at Mansion Miami: A 25-Photo Recap
-Q&A: Dirtybird's Mark Starr on Being a "Rood Boy," 808s and EDM

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Future, T.I., and New Year's Eve 2013 at Cameo on South Beach

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Photo by Adam Katzman
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With T.I. and B.o.B. Cameo, Miami Beach
Monday, December 31, 2012


Future was slated to go on at midnight. But Cameo is a long way from Pluto so his landing got delayed.

In the meantime, Baltimore club legend DJ Class's "I'm the Shit" remix dropped over the club speakers, with Kanye bragging in Auto-Tune that "it's still Top 10, 15 weeks later, that's a middle finger to you 808 haters!"

Though that date has passed, it worked as a brief reminder of the song's unintentional prophecy.

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-Happy New Year! Five Musical Revelations for 2013
-Review: Dirtybird Flocked to Grand Central Miami for an Ass-Clapping NYE 2013
-Seven Suggested New Year's Resolutions for the Miami NIghtlife Scene
-Carl Cox, Half-Naked Party Girls, and NYE 2013 at Mansion Miami: A 25-Photo Recap


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Happy New Year! Five Musical Resolutions Revelations for 2013

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If you're reading this, it's not alcohol poising, just a really bad hangover.

Stay strong. Stay positive. There are 365.25 glorious days collectively known as 2013 left until Planet Earth completes a full orbit around Mr. Sunshine. It's only going to get better.

Crossfade caught a glimpse of the future as it pertains to music earlier this week at a press junket (read: bar) and saw some really wild shit.

From the youngest hip-hop collaboration in the history of the genre to the "mainstreamalization" of polka-tech, 2013's on course to becoming the greatest year of the third millennium!

Check out what's in store after the cut.

See also:
-Review: Future, T.I., and NYE 2013 at Cameo on South Beach
-Seven Suggested New Year's Resolutions for the Miami NIghtlife Scene
-Review: Dirtybird Flocked to Grand Central Miami for an Ass-Clapping NYE 2013
-Carl Cox, Half-Naked Party Girls, and NYE 2013 at Mansion Miami: A 25-Photo Recap


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