The dance music world was thrown a curveball today with the announcement that the Winter Music Conference in Miami would be taking place at the beginning of March for the first time since its incarnation in the mid-1980's. As soon as the cat was let out of the bag the world of twitter was alive with many a DJ letting their feelings about the news well known. Steve Angello who will be in Australia for the Future Music Festival called for his follow twitters to boycott the actual conference 'Let's rebel the wmc dates, 3.500 people attend the conference, 400.000 people attend the party's .. Why move the dates and confuse people ?? People I won't be in miami 8th - 12th .. I'm having my size part the last week of march ... And most of the people I know will be there' whilst Tiesto fuelled some rumours as to the reason the dates had changed by twitting 'I've heard the WMC couldn't get a hotel to host their event..'
The official response from the WMC camp was that they wanted to seperate the dates between the WMC and the Ultra Music Festival so they didn't take anything away from one another but if Steve Angello's facts were correct it looks like the well known party is well overshadowing the actual conference itself.
The Winter Music Conference is a weeklong electronic dance music event, held every March since the mid-1980s in South Florida. It is aimed at professionals such as artists, DJs, record label representatives (A&R), producers, promoters, radio and the media. The Winter Music Conference will take place between March 8-12 in 2011. Following hot on its heels, the Ultra Music Festival is set for March 25-27. The Miami festival has announced it will now take place over three days after selling out last year for the first time. More than 70,000 people attended and it was one of the highest grossing musical festivals in the United States.The lineup for both events hasn't been confirmed yet.
Steve Angelo at the 2009 WMC