For many California natives, Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. is a can’t-miss event. For an entire month, people local and out of state flock to the left coast to submerge themselves in all facets of music of the brand’s signature “break music” mantra.
This year, however, the brand headed down south for the their latest venture, 3 Days in Miami. Exclusive for Red Bull Sound Select members, individuals enjoyed a weekend of live music and more, celebrating the southern metropolis and the best in new music.
VIBE was there to join in on the fun and take in all of the dope soundscapes every night at The Hangar, located in Miami’s 24-hour nightlife district. For those who weren’t able to watch everything unfold at the inaugural 3 Days in Miami, scroll through to find out what you missed, as we breakdown the best moments on-and-off stage.
A$AP Ferg turns things up another level
The kick off of the three-night event ended on a mind-blowing note as Harlem’s very own A$AP Ferg invaded the 305 with his Trap Lord banter. If you’ve never see the 27-year-old rapper live, it’s about time you get your priorities straight because when Ferg hits the stage, he’s got one goal in mind: turn up.
Bouncing back-and-forth from the left to the right side of the stage, he ran the gamut of his and the A$AP Mob’s hits. Songs like “Dump Dump,” “Let It Bang,” “Work,” and “New Level” had the crowd hype from the time he stepped foot on the stage until he peaced out. An honorable mention goes to A$AP affiliate and collaborator Marty Baller who performed “Flex” and his latest track “Bag First,” which is now one of our favorite new songs.
Toasting with spirits inspired by one of the night’s acts
Nothing compliments live music better than a cocktail. Each night the the drink menu offered your standard offerings, in addition to a special inspired by one of the night’s performers. One of our favorites was the “Jacuzzilafleur,” made of Red Bull (or Red Bull Sugar free), gin, fresh lime citrus, almond syrup, pressed pink grapefruit juice and basil.
Cashmere Cat shows off his soulful side
The Norwegian musician, producer, DJ and turntablist may be known for commanding the electronic dance music scene, but his Friday night set at The Hangar proved he’s got range. Cashmere Cat is amazing at fusing genres, but when he took a moment in his set to play a slew of R&B cuts, he shined brightest.
Some of our favorites ranged from his revamp of Miguel’s “Do You,” sprinkled with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s “Beautiful” to J. Holiday’s “Bed” that put real rhythm and blues lovers in a trance. There were even sprouts of R. Kelly and The Dream sound-bytes. We see you, Cashmere!
Scoring fresh paint jobs from Vanity Projects Miami
Who can say they’ve gotten a manicure during a concert? We can. On Saturday night, attendees were treated to complimentary paint jobs from the talented nail techs of Vanity Projects Miami. We got in on the action, popping a squat at their pop-up shop style booth filled with fine lacquers and cool design options. The finishing product? A head-turning mani that we couldn’t take our eyes off of.
Cool merch? Yes, please
Aside from bringing live music from dope headliners and on the verge artists, Red Bull Sound Select held down their members with exclusive t-shirts from the event. With a few cases of Zika being reported in the Miami area, they went the extra mile and laced a special few with lightweight bomber jackets affixed with an innovative mesh netting that shields the skin from mosquitoes.
Remembering the night with hand drawn art
Off to the corner with a pen and pad, you’d find Brian Butler aka Upperhand Art doodling away. Every night, he read the room’s energy and drew everything from strangers enjoying the vibes to whomever hit the stage on the spot. With a copy machine on hand at the venue, attendees could grab a keepsake drawn by him to remember the night.
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Devour delectable treats while jamming? Why not
Whether it was ice cream, cotton candy or donuts, there were plenty to munch on while ordering rounds of drinks throughout the night. And between the good vibes and even better music, nothing hit the spot better than those sweet treats.
AlunaGeorge knows how to keep the party going
On the final night of 3 Days in Miami, AlunaGeorge kept the crowd on their toes with their intoxicating electronic dance jams. On stage, the duo’s front woman Aluna is rebellious and enticing, making everyone join in on the dance party their music immediately incites. One of our favorite moments during their set was their performance of “You Know You Like It,” which rocked the crowd just as we expected.