URGE Miami Festival will debut Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-29) with thousands of gay men from across the US venturing to the sun-drenched shores of South Beach.
Due to COVID restrictions in Europe that continue to prevent some talent and guests from attending USA events, the producers decided to not to bring back the European-based Circuit Festival Miami event that typically took place in South Beach during Thanksgiving Weekend. Instead, they are presenting Urge Miami Festival, with a focus on domestic travelers.
Produced by Luis Morera, Billy Kemp and Hilton Wolman, the event will be a massive three-night, four-day spectacular featuring a list of the world’s most famous circuit DJs and performers including Isaac Escalante, Renato Cecin, Aron, Alex Lo, Joe Gauthreaux, Phil Romano, Morabito, Suri, and more to be announced.
“Last year’s party was cancelled because of the pandemic so we are thrilled to bring the world’s best gay Thanksgiving event back to Miami,” says Hilton Wolman.
“We are billing this year’s event as the ultimate holiday reunion for the American gay party community, emphasizing strength and unity.”
The URGE Miami Festival Beach Party will take place on an expanded area, east of the dunes on 12th Street, from their 2019 event, but the current plan calls for an even wider footprint that will give more space on the dancefloor. It will also feature a stage that rises 25 feet into the air and a raised VIP area with great views of the stage, where guests can enjoy a full open bar.
URGE Miami Festival’s opening night party will be a collaboration with Mexico’s Arena Festival and We Party. “Expect the unexpected,” promises Luis Morera.
This year’s host hotel is the Kimpton Anglers, conveniently located on Washington Ave, just off 5th. They are currently offering specially negotiated rates starting at just $219/night that can be booked directly from the URGE Miami Festival website. The hotel is also offering to halve the normal resort fee for URGE Miami Festival guests.
Additionally, URGE Miami Festival is scheduling a beach clean-up so that they leave the sands as clean as they were before the weekend parties. And a portion of the proceeds from URGE Miami Festival will benefit Miami Beach Pride, a not-for-profit organization that works to unite members of the LGBTQ community by celebrating the unique spirit and culture of its people.
Tickets for URGE Miami Festival are available now on their website. GA and VIP tickets purchased in the Tier 1 phase are being offered at a 50% savings. The popular 24-hour pass that includes the Sunday Beach Party, Sunday night event and Monday morning Afterhours event is also available.