Decompress Fest is a new event in Miami that aims to use electronic music, art and talks to provide a refuge from societal violence and global oppressive systems.
Powered by Data for Black Lives, Decompress Fest launched its inaugural edition last year in one of Miami's only Black-owned venues. Its ethos is to celebrate the history and culture of electronic music as Black protest music. Rooted in the power of sound and community-built spaces, the event embraces music as a Black technology for resistance, manifested not just through the DJ sets but also through a series of talks and panels.
Its debut featured a diverse lineup of electronic artists – including Crystallmess, Suzi Analogue, DJ Minx, Tizza and Gold Panda – with the festival's overarching political ethos expressed through themed days, such as 'MUSIC IS A BLACK TECHNOLOGY' on Thursday and 'FREE PALESTINE SHOW' on Friday.
Based out of the lively and accessible neighbourhood of Little Haiti in Miami, renowned for its rich Haitian and Caribbean culture, Decompress offers the chance to support a community of Black artists, while also immersing yourself in this area's multifaceted mix of local cultures. The festival also coincides with Miami Art Basel, making it an exciting time to explore Florida’s most famous city.
Decompress Fest is one of the finalists for Trippin 50, a cultural calendar featuring the best events around the world. Check out the Trippin 50 hub here.
Date and Location
Decompress Fest takes place at the venue Decompress, Miami. Details of the 2024 edition are yet to be announced.
Entry into the event is free.