World-traveling gays are all too familiar with Circuit Festival, Europe’s largest gay festival that since 2008 has been held annually in Barcelona. Well, 2018 marks the first year the gigantic event is heading stateside, and it’s coming straight to the sun-drenched shores of South Beach. Circuit Festival Miami will be a massive four-night, three-day spectacular, full of great music, more dancing than you’ve ever seen and, naturally, a plethora of sexy men in skin-baring outfits.
The celebration begins on Thanksgiving night, but low-key style, with a welcome cocktail reception on the rooftop of the Clevelander Hotel. (No turkey and stuffing this year, boys!) Then things heat up with the opening night event, featuring the music of DJs Maikol Venek and Ana Paula.
Things don’t slow down until the following Monday, and a series of parties — many of which are familiar to gays in the circuit scene — will take place throughout the weekend. On Friday, Matinee’s infamous Pervert Party will bring DJs Lydia Sanz and Tom Stephan to Club Space. Saturday’s daytime event is a pool party back at the Clevelander Hotel, and the nighttime event is the football-themed party (that’s American football, BTW) “Matinee Champions.”
Sunday has the signature event of Circuit Festival Miami, La Leche Beach Party, on the sand at Lummus Park with fun performances, hot Spaniard dancers and beats by DJs Taito Tikaro and Dan Slater. After the beach party is the weekend’s closing blow-out, a Thunderdome-themed event produced by popular Miami party Urge.
“We are thrilled to introduce the world’s biggest international gay event to the states this year,” says producer Luis Morera, who says he could have held the party in any major city but chose Miami for its beaches, nightlife and locals. “Also, the weather is incomparable to any city in the USA, especially in November,” adds producer Billy Kemp. He and Morera together own Score Bar, the South Beach club celebrating 20 years in business in 2018.
Some proceeds from Circuit Festival Miami will benefit Miami Beach Gay Pride.
More info and tickets for Circuit Festival Miami are available now here.
All photos courtesy Circuit Festival