Rhythms of the Sea: Unveiling the Spectacle of Groove Cruise Miami 2024
Groove Cruise Miami 2024 marked its 20th anniversary in style, casting off from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay for an unforgettable voyage. Nearly 5,000 enthusiasts embarked on a sold-out journey, immersed in 96 hours of nonstop beats across 11 stages, boasting over 100 artists and performers.
Tiësto’s festival debut on Great Stirrup Cay’s private beach set the tone. Diplo curated the inaugural Higher Ground stage takeover, featuring top-tier talent like Gene Farris and LP Giobbi. John Summit’s electrifying Pool Deck set, and impromptu b2b session were highlights. LP Giobbi led an empowering all-female lineup, while Groove Cruise’s philanthropic arm raised $20,000 for the Bahamian community.
The Pre Party
In the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District, Club M2 hosted an electrifying pre-party, setting the stage for the impending voyage. Amidst the neon-lit streets, attendees gathered to immerse themselves in pulsating beats and vibrant energy. As anticipation mounted, the air crackled with excitement, signaling the beginning of an unforgettable adventure. With every beat, Club M2 transformed into a beacon of anticipation, igniting the spirits of all who dared to embark on the upcoming cruise.
Day 1: Wednesday, January 23, 2024
Wednesday aboard the Groove Cruise commenced with a flurry of excitement as eager attendees flooded the ship. On the main Pool Deck (Deck 16), the Rising Tides welcome party kicked off the day’s festivities, boasting performances by KSOFRESKO, LIZZIE CURIOUS, BRYAN LUBLINER, and SCOTTY BOY. Simultaneously, the Pool Deck hosted the Sail Away party, headlined by Mark Schulz and Joel Corry, setting the tone for the voyage ahead.
As guests explored the ship, the Atrium deck (Deck 6) hosted the boarding welcome party, featuring artists such as Raquelevate, Brian G, and Dancetronauts, welcoming everyone aboard with infectious beats and vibrant energy.
Meanwhile, on the Q Texas Smokehouse Deck (Deck 6), various meetups, including the virgin meetup, friends of Bill meetup, military meetup, and speed friending, took place, providing opportunities for guests to connect and forge new friendships.
Throughout the day, artist-hosted activities and experiences on the main Pool Deck (Deck 16) added to the excitement, including the fake scavenger hunt, the craft bar, and the sail away gcfam group photo, ensuring that the day was packed with memorable moments and anticipation for the adventure that lay ahead.
Wednesday night aboard the Groove Cruise was a whirlwind of excitement and entertainment, with a plethora of parties and experiences to choose from across the ship’s decks. The main Pool Deck (Deck 16) kicked off the evening with a Sail Away party featuring Eurodance and psytrance classics from artists like Blastoyz and Adam Scott, setting the stage for an unforgettable night. As the evening progressed, the Pool Deck transformed into a mystical realm with the Dark Waters party presented by Abyss, featuring a themed sunrise marathon with artists such as Alley Kay, Gem & Tauri, Kyle Walker, and Ranger Trucco.
Meanwhile, on Theatre Deck Seven, the Higher Ground party hosted by Diplo captivated audiences with performances from Casmalia, Gene Farris, Biscuits, LP Giobbi, and VNSSA. The Atrium Deck Six was alive with Neptune’s Fury presented by Siren’s Echo, showcasing talents like Rico & Miella, Danny Olson, AMIDY, GG Magree, Trivecta, Years of War, and Nikademis b2b Highlnd.
Elsewhere on the ship, guests enjoyed a variety of experiences, from the Rising Tides party on The Social Deck Six to the Twisted Funk hosted by Vixens Sexy Circus on The Cavern Deck Eight. Embark, hosted by Trance Jesus and Nifra, took place on the Q Texas Stake House Deck, while the Casino Deck was alive with Slots of the Sun featuring DJs like DJHab, Red Five, and Zoya. The night concluded with a Silent Disco on Deck 18 and the Martian Circus on Deck Eight, providing guests with a diverse range of entertainment options to suit every taste.
Day 2: Friday, January 24, 2024
Thursday aboard the Groove Cruise was a day filled with diverse activities and experiences catering to every interest. On the main Pool Deck (Deck 16), the Rising Tides presented the Jungle Jaunt, featuring performances by Brookie, Brian G, and San Pacho, while the Sunrise Session with Doc Brown provided a tranquil start to the day.
Meanwhile, the Atrium Deck (Deck 6) hosted Cold Harbour with artists like Denzo, Dave Neven, and Tim Clarke, offering a different vibe for guests to enjoy. On The Social Deck (Deck 6), attendees participated in shuffle workshops, Cruiser Camp, Mario Kart tournaments, comedy shows, and more.
At the Q Texas Stake House (Deck 6), guests joined LGBTQ+ meetups, engaged in open-door sessions, and enjoyed various activities.
The observation lounge on deck 15 hosted an intention settings workshop, resistance stretching, and yoga.
Artist-hosted activities kicked off at Vibe Beach Club with weddings and drag brunches, while the main Pool Deck hosted tournaments, craft bars, and beer Olympics. Other venues such as The District Brew House, Go Karts, Maltings Whisky Bar, and Cagney’s Steakhouse offered tastings, trivia, and more. The day concluded with tournaments and games in the Casino, ensuring there was always a bright moment on board.
Thursday night on the Groove Cruise dazzled with a lineup of electrifying events and performances across the ship’s decks. The main Pool Deck (Deck 16) kicked off with Rising Tides presenting Speaker Honey and Scooter & Lavelle, setting the stage for a night of high-energy vibes. As the night progressed, the Abyss took over from 2 am to 7 am, featuring artists like Marie Vaunt, Brennen Grey, and Lilly Palmer, keeping the dance floor alive until the early hours.
On Theatre Deck 7, the Embark presents an FSOE party hosted by Aly & Fila, showcased talents such as Luccio, Gabriel & Dresden, and Factor B, delivering an immersive trance experience from 10 pm to 4 am. Meanwhile, the Atrium Deck 6 hosted Cold Harbour with artists like Daxon and Nifra before transitioning to the Carnival theme party, featuring Max Low, Kyle Walker, and Gene Farris from 9 pm to 4 am.
Other highlights of the night included:
- Tarot readings and the Whet Oasis Chill Zone in the Observation Lounge.
- Taking Back Emo and Sirens Aftermath Dark on The Social Deck 6.
- The Great Bing Revival and Hip-hop party on the Q Texas Stake House Deck 6.
The Casino Deck hosted the Decades party, while the Cavern Deck 8 offered karaoke and Sundown Sounds. Artist-hosted activities continued with dinners, wine tastings, and karaoke, ensuring guests had a plethora of entertainment options to choose from until the early hours of the morning.
Day 3: Saturday, January 25, 2024
Friday aboard the Groove Cruise promised a day filled with a diverse array of activities and experiences to suit every taste. The main Pool Deck (Deck 16) kicked off with Femme House, featuring artists like Hai Life, Max Low, and LP Giobbi, offering a celebration of female talent in the electronic music scene. Meanwhile, Theatre Deck 7 hosted Scooter’s Scratch Academy, providing guests with a unique opportunity to learn the art of DJing from a seasoned professional.
The Atrium Deck 6 was alive with the sounds of the Deep House Brunch, featuring performances by Brookie, Scotty Boy, and Madison Orange, creating a laid-back atmosphere perfect for brunching and dancing. The Observation Lounge on Deck 15 offered yoga sessions and a buffer brunch, allowing guests to relax and rejuvenate.
On The Social Deck 6, guests enjoyed a variety of activities, including the Great Bingo Revival, shuffle workshops, and gaming tournaments, while the Q Texas Stake House Deck 6 hosted vision board crafting, artist panels, and trivia games.
Throughout the ship, guests could partake in artist-hosted activities such as weddings, games, tastings, and dinners, ensuring there was never a dull moment. The night concluded with karaoke and Sundown Sounds on The Cavern Deck 8, providing a memorable end to the day’s festivities.
Friday night on the Groove Cruise was a vibrant tapestry of music, entertainment, and immersive experiences across the ship’s decks. On the main Pool Deck 16, Femme House stole the spotlight with electrifying performances by LP Giobbi and Mija, setting the stage for an unforgettable night of dance and celebration.
Meanwhile, Theatre Deck 7 echoed with the hypnotic melodies of Siren Echo, featuring talents like K3SS, AMIDY, and MitiS, captivating audiences with their mesmerizing trance beats. The Atrium Deck 6 transformed into a trance paradise with Trance Bro, boasting performances by Luccio, Daxson, Aly & Fila, and Blastoyz, ensuring non-stop energy and euphoria.
For those seeking a more relaxed atmosphere, the Observation Lounge on Deck 15 offered the Whet Oasis Chill Zone, complete with moon ceremonies, tarot readings, and soothing sounds by Kaheal. The Social Deck 6 hosted Gabriel and Dresden, accompanied by artists like Boris, Alley Kay, and Joel Corry. At the same time, The Cavern Deck 8 provided an intimate experience with No Boys in the Booth, followed by a drum circle led by Ollie Sanders, Lavelle Dupree, and Drums of the Sun.
Other highlights of the night included drum circles, immersive experiences, and a variety of artist-hosted activities and tastings, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy. The night concluded with a laser tag silent disco on Deck 18, offering a unique and memorable end to the evening’s festivities.
Day 4: Sunday, January 26, 2024
Saturday on the Groove Cruise offered a diverse array of activities and entertainment, ensuring guests had an unforgettable experience from dawn to dusk. On the main Pool Deck 16, the Sail Away Party kicked off the day with infectious beats from Tee So, Scooter & Lavelle, and Gene Farris, setting the tone for a day of high-energy festivities.
Meanwhile, the Atrium Deck 6 hosted Music Charades and a Groove Cruise history session, providing guests with engaging and interactive experiences. Over at the Great Stirrup Cay Stage 1, attendees enjoyed performances from artists like Chris Blackburn, Max Low, and the legendary Tiësto, along with Disco Dines, creating an electrifying atmosphere on the private beach paradise.
For those seeking relaxation and wellness, the Observation Lounge on Deck 15 offered yoga sessions, allowing guests to unwind and rejuvenate amidst the excitement of the day. Additionally, artist-hosted activities provided a plethora of experiences, including a Destination Donation experience at the Atrium and a variety of adventures and celebrations at Great Stirrup Cay, such as kayak tours, wave runner tours, ziplining, weddings, vow renewals, and fun beach games like tug of war and dodgeball, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy on this action-packed day at sea.
Saturday night on the Groove Cruise was a culmination of electrifying performances and immersive experiences across the ship’s decks. The main Pool Deck 16 hosted John Summit + Friends, featuring dynamic sets from San Pacho, Joshwa, John Summit, and LP Giobbi, creating an atmosphere of boundless energy and excitement.
Meanwhile, Theatre Deck 7 showcased trance legend Mark Schulz from 10 pm to 3 am, captivating audiences with his signature sound and infectious energy. The Atrium Deck 6 transformed into a haven for partygoers with “We’re Never Going Home,” featuring artists like Jdisko, Adam Scott, and Licious, ensuring the party continued well into the night.
On The Social Deck 6, guests delved into the depths of The Abyss, featuring artists like Deepfake, Zoya, and Marie Vaunt, while The Cavern Deck 8 hosted the Groove Cruise Spelling Bee followed by Rising Tides with performances by Hai-Life, Tim Clark, and Drums of the Sun.
Other highlights of the night included Unlearn Records at the Q Texas Stake House, Neon Owl at the Casino Deck, and the Whet Oasis Chill Zone in the Observation Lounge, providing a serene retreat with sounds by Kaheal until the early hours of the morning. Artist-hosted activities and experiences continued with tastings and games, ensuring guests had a plethora of options to choose from as they danced the night away.
The Afterparty at e11even Miami
Following the exhilarating embarkation on the Groove Cruise, the festivities continued at e11even Miami, an exclusive social club. Attendees reveled in an unforgettable after-party experience, where pulsating beats and vibrant energy filled the air. As the night unfolded, guests danced the night away, immersing themselves in the electrifying atmosphere of this iconic venue, ensuring the celebration continued long into the early hours.
In conclusion, the Groove Cruise Miami 2024 voyage was more than just a journey; it was a whirlwind of music, community, and unforgettable experiences. From the electrifying performances to the immersive activities, attendees were immersed in a world of endless excitement and connection. As the ship docked and the music faded, memories of this extraordinary adventure lingered, leaving hearts full and spirits soaring, yearning for the next chapter of this epic odyssey.