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La Fiesta en La Piscina: the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party in Miami

iHeartRadio Pool PartyI’ve been to a lot of music festivals in my twenty-something life, and I’ve seen a lot of live music gigs—but last weekend’s iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party in Miami is sure to go down as one of the most memorable. Why? It’s the *only* concert I’ve ever been to while dancing in a swimming pool. And a pretty awesome swimming pool at that!

Besides the venue (again: a swimming pool!), the lineup for the 2nd annual iHeartRadio event was pretty sweet. Ke$ha and Pitbull (com’on people – this guy is awesome!) were the big names at the top of the bill, but I was equally excited about hearing the indie bands that played during the day. Krewalla and Icona Pop were particularly fun while I splashing up a storm in the pool. But the initial opening act from Jason Derullo really set a great tone for the day. At the end of his set he actually jumped into the water with the mic and sang from there!

TV[box]An exclusive television broadcast of the two day event will air nationally in America on The CW Network on Monday, July 15, 8-10 pm ET/PT.[/box]

The Pool Party took part in two separate events on a Saturday afternoon & evening. During the day were the opening acts playing on a stage in front of the legendary Fontainebleau Pool. Most of the audience was either in the pool or watching from the cabanas & lounge chairs. And with all the event’s sponsors providing free swag throughout the day, there was plenty of entertainment in and out of the water. Visit Florida (who was also hosting me for the weekend) gave out dippin’ dots ice cream and an icy fruit juice to keep everyone cool. And these sunglasses which pretty much scream the “sunny-state-with-strangely-stylish-and-scantily-clad-sexy-Miamians.” Cool.

The Pool Party lasted most of the afternoon and thankfully the nice weather (hello there Sunshine State!) kept everyone energetic. The iHeartRadio DJs did a pretty solid job of getting the crowd pumped up in between sets. As far as the music goes, Krewalla and Icona Pop were my daytime favorites. Pop music without the pettiness. Krewalla’s song “Live for the Night” is a catchy pop song, but with these electronic undertones that add some sort of cred. And it’s sure to get your head bobbing.

In the evening, Ke$ha killed it with an amazing performance—naturally including glitter and whipped cream. But unexpectedly, Ke$ha’s performance also included animal costumes, a surprisingly lengthy dialogue on her love of balls (yes…those kinds of balls) and a Barbie convertible car. I can’t remember a concert I’ve been to that made me want to laugh, smile and be naked all in the span of minutes. Oh, Ke$ha.

The weekend at the Fontainebleau ended with Pitbull electrifying the crowd. He’s a Miami native and the city seems to love him. I mean, he’s pretty awesome, but this crowd was crazy-in-love! My friend and I opted to catch his set while dancing by the pool—just steps away from the crowd but with significantly more dancing space and fewer sweaty elbows.

I’ll end this post here before I start gushing anymore about my love for live music—yes, even pop music. I snapped a few photos from the iHeartRadio Pool Party on Instagram but to give you a much better sense of Miami’s coolest concert (literally), enjoy these photos courtesy of Clear Channel. Hit that play button on the Spotify widget above to listen to the bands that played and/or hosted the event and enjoy!

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Icona Pop. An electronic Swedish DJ duo with some pretty good hits. Check out their newest single, “I Love It” — Photo by Albert Manduca

Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel

The Fontainebleau Pool. This place is legendary. Everyone from Lucille Ball to Elvis Presley stayed at this hotel. You might also recognize it from a James Bond movie… — Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Clear Channel

iHeartRadio plays a good mix of top pop songs and indie hits. Plus you can listen to them online! Their DJs at the pool party in between the sets offered up everything you might expect to hear at a Miami pool party. — Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Krewalla was awesome at getting the crowd to SPLASH. They’re an electronic group from Chicago with a new hit, “Alive.” — Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for Clear Channel

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Seriously, how can you not enjoy a pool party with live music? — Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for Clear Channel

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Seriously…? :-) — Photo by Albert Manduca

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More of Krewalla’s performance – hands in the air! — Photo by Albert Manduca

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That’s me (second on the left) with the Krewalla crew, and my friend Denise on the far right. The two Krewalla chicks are sisters.  — Photo by Emilee Rose

Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel

GUYS – It’s Miley Cyrus. But maybe more importantly: ENRIQUE IGLESIAS! They were surprise hosts for the evening concert. — Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel


Ke$ha in all her glitter glory! I’ve had her songs on my workout playlist for a long time so it was great to see her live. Her whole set was a full-on performance in all the good ways. Honestly – she was just so much fun! — Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel

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Now this is a concert! — Photo by Albert Manduca

Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Mr. Miami himself (or so the announcers kept calling him), it’s Pitbull. I loved how @AngieAway tweeted during the event: “Just realized @Pitbull sings every single song on the radio.” Couldn’t say it better myself! — Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Clear Channel

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever seen a concert? I’ve been to music gigs in parks, festivals, railway stations, warehouses and plenty of other venues—but never an aquatic one! If you’re curious what a party in a swimming pool is like, you can watch the iHeartRadio Pool Party concert on TV. Details in the box below. And no need to tell me how worried you would’ve been about pee in the pool. That’s just something we all have to live with but it was totally worth it. And anyways…what’s a travel adventure without embracing a bit of public urination?

TV[box]An exclusive television broadcast of the two day event will air nationally in America on The CW Network on Monday, July 15, 8-10 pm ET/PT.[/box]

  1. noel says:

    wow, do they know how to party in Miami or what, and what about the size of that pool, pretty amazing how they filled it all up with people!

  2. Marian says:

    Miami was HAUTE! It was a fun party!

  3. party rental miami says:

    Looking really awesome party and great star came in this event.I am felling bad that I miss that event but thanks to you for giving such a wonderful photos of this amazing pool party. Thanks again for sharing it with us.

  4. Morgan says:

    That party looks like a blast!! I hope you got your dance on :)

    • Adam says:

      Oh don’t worry… I’m always dancing! And Pitbull’s radio hits and Kesha make for perfect dancing music :)

  5. Manish kumar says:

    Ironically, I stumble upon this article shortly after reading an article elsewhere regarding the city of Brighten and the various festivities and events that occur there.

  6. Ali says:

    A music festival in a pool sounds like lots of fun! Although now I feel old, I have no idea who Kesha (Ke$ha?) is.

  7. Samantha says:

    That looks like so much fun! I’ve been wanting to make it to that festival for a couple of years but just never made it. Nice pics too, helllooo Enrique ! haha

    • Adam says:

      I <3 Enrique, too ;)

      This was the 2nd annual festival that they've held at Miami, but iHeartRadio puts on some other shows elsewhere throughout the year. Heard good things about Las Vegas!

  8. Oh my GOD, this actually looks amazing. I’ve heard Miami is pretty excellent for partying, but i’m dying to go now. Reminds me a bit of hot tub cinemas too!

    • Adam says:

      Hot Tub what now?!?! I used to watch movies in my parent’s swimming pool – so I’m pretty much up for anything aquatic and random fun :)

    • Adam says:

      Put it on your to-do list for next year :) Or, really, I’m pretty sure every weekend in Miami isn’t too far removed from this experience!

  9. Lou M says:

    That is insane. I am going to Miami in October, is there anywhere that you would recommend that is good to party? (It’s a shame I missed this party, but something like it?!)

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