The Swedish House Mafia and Mormon DJ Kaskade criticised organisers of the Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) this week after the long running event announced their 2011 dates as March 8 to March 12, two weeks before Ultra Music Festival.
Tweeting a series of posts including ‘If you want to experience all the parties at Miami, don't go on March 8 - 12. Go at the end of the month for ULTRA and all the club events!” Steve Angello sounded angry, as did Amy from his Swedish House Mafia’s management.
“WMC. So the news hit,” she wrote in a message posted on the SHM Facebook page.
“Who made the decision . . . someone who worked all year to make electronic sell...who practised what you preached?” she continued, “So....as Eminem said....will the real WMC please stand up.................let's discuss this publicly.”
Claude Von Stroke was more restrained tweeting ‘super strange Miami WMC dates announced today . . March 8th? I'm already disqualified. Bummer’ while Kaskade was considerably crueler.
“WMC - R.I.P. - It was a good run, we will miss ya'! Now we can just start calling it what it really is, Spring Break. Guidos Unite!” he scoffed.
WMC organizers responded by putting the blame on Ultra Music Festival, accusing them of reneging on a deal to stage their event ‘during and in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Music Conference’
“We were blindsided by Ultra’s last minute announcement this morning,” WMC claimed in a statement posted on their website on November 17.
“WMC remains committed to the artists, delegates and fans that have made the program what it has become over the last 25 years,” they continued.
“The festivals, Ultra and many others, are amazing experiences for the fans and artists alike. By contrast the quintessential WMC experience is really about the camaraderie between pioneering artists and industry legends,” they added.
Luis Puig, the owner of Miami’s highest profile superclub Club Space was considerably less diplomatic in an incendiary blog posting in which accused Ultra of trying to ‘monopolise WMC’ by signing exclusive contracts with superstar DJs preventing them from playing anywhere else.
“What this means to the consumer is that you will no longer be able to enjoy your favorite DJ for extended sets after midnight at your favorite clubs, instead you will be forced to listen to them for a one hour set before midnight in a crowded field of dust, mud and ravers. You can also forget about seeing them at your favorite pool parties,” he warned.
“This year you have a chance to make a difference and bring back what Music Conference and Electronic Music used to be about. You can either come to Miami on the last week of March, support the greedy monopoly, keep taking it up the ass and lose your right to seeing your favorite DJ at your favorite club or you can come the second week of March, claim back your wallet and your nightlife.”
“See you the second week in March,” he added.
Article by Jonty Skrufff (http://listn.to/JontySkrufff )