Archive | Ultra Music Festival

Will Ultra remain in Bayfront Park? Miami Commission to decide on July 26

Miami’s city commission will soon bring the uncertainty that surrounds Ultra Music Festival’s future at Bayfront Park to a close on July 26, the date that the commissioners will meet to determine whether the city of Miami will sign onto a five-year contract with UMF, thus allowing the festival to continue use of the park in […]

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Miami city commissioner to Ultra Music Festival: pay $2M annual fee to city to renew Bayfront Park contract, or relocate

Ultra Music Festival organizers will face a steep price tag if they wish to keep Miami’s veteran music event in its longtime location of Bayfront Park in the years to come. The Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA) circulated a petition in July 2017 that called on Miami’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to return access to […]

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Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, […]

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Coachella takes precautions to prevent mass shooting ahead of 2018 edition

As Coachella looks to its 2018 edition, the California music and arts festival will take a page from Ultra Music Festival’s book in its preparation for a potential mass shooting comparable in nature to that of Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest Festival last November. Ultra Music Festival notably implemented a number of additional security measures […]

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Turn it up: Tiësto’s ‘I Like It Loud’ EP has arrived

If the strength of an artist’s performance at Ultra Music Festival, the official opener to each festival season, predicts that of one’s year as Hardwell claims, then Tiësto is positioned to make nothing but power moves in 2018. Tiësto’s no-holds-barred performance at Ultra 20 notably featured five new IDs, and the announcement that the festival favorite […]

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Tiësto shines in new collaboration with Matisse & Sadko

Tiësto is set to release a new EP on March 31. Ahead of time, he gave fans a preview of what to expect with “Dawnbreaker” — a collaboration between the electronic music legend and Matisse & Sadko, and it is out now on his label Musical Freedom. This track is among the five new songs that Tiësto debuted during his set […]

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Soundtrack to Ultra 20

Ultra celebrated a monumental twentieth anniversary this past weekend. Organizers wrapped UMF’s birthday with several landmark wins — its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, a Swedish House Mafia reunion, and a long-fought promise to return to their beloved venue at Miami’s Bayfront Park. Along with the weekend came a bevy of top industry taste maskers spotlighting the upcoming year’s most popular dance […]

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Tiësto teases 5 new tracks during Ultra set, announces new EP

On March 23, Tiësto took to the Ultra 20 main stage for a special sunset performance. During his 90-minute set, the godfather of dance music brought out a couple of surprise appearances, including his fabled alter ego, Marshmello, along with a loveable closing moment when his fiancé, model Annika Backes, joined him for a kiss. What made […]

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Authorities detain man after Instagram post with rifle appearing to name Ultra Music Festival

Miami authorities have detained a man who was believed to be targeting Ultra Music Festival in a post on Instagram over the weekend. The name on the account led law enforcement to a man named Rayne Russell, who appears to have posted a photo holding a high-powered rifle, captioned with “Ready for the weekend,” and […]

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Relive your favorite sets of Ultra Music Festival 2018

Festival season is officially in full swing as Ultra Music Festival (UMF) has officially wrapped its 20th anniversary event in grandiose display. The ever-expanding franchise recently announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, along with their expansion into China with Ultra Beijing and Ultra Shanghai. Living up to its promise to “expect the unexpected” in 2018, UMF capped off a lofty […]

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Ultra Miami announces 2019 dates, return to Bayfront Park

Despite mounting resistance to Ultra Music Festival‘s beloved location by downtown residents, the powerhouse organizing body behind UMF has secured its return to Miami’s Bayfront Park, March 29–31, 2019. The announcement, along with official dates, came via the festival guides handed out to attendees of the 2018 event. Given the past petition attempt to boot the dance music […]

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Ultra Music Festival acquires Winter Music Conference

Ultra Music Festival announced its acquisition of Winter Music Conference (WMC) during a press conference in Miami on March 21. In addition, Ultra acquired the International Dance Music Awards. The landmark deal was apparently in the works for a while, according to WMC co-founder Bill Kelly, who will retain his position to continue his vision for the conference. “WMC will allow veterans […]

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Marshmello brings out Will Smith for live performance of ‘Miami’ at Ultra Music Festival [Watch]

Marshmello’s Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival exemplified the festival’s forewarning to “expect the unexpected.” Marshmello crowded the Main Stage with a series of surprise special guests, including fellow Ultra 20 performers Slushii and G-Eazy, as well as Yo Gotti, Southside, Lil Uzi Vert, and the inimitable Will Smith, for a live performance of Smith’s […]

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Live stream the final day of Ultra 20

Those that won’t be traveling to the 305 for Ultra Music Festival’s milestone 20th anniversary celebration from March 23-25 can still take part in the festivities. As in its previous years of production, the Bayfront Park event has live streamed countless sets for viewer enjoyment around the world, and will continue the tradition into its final evening […]

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Don’t miss a minute: how to live stream Ultra 20

Those that won’t be traveling to the 305 for Ultra Music Festival’s milestone 20th anniversary celebration from March 23-25 can still take part in the festivities. As in its previous years of production, the Bayfront Park event will live stream for the entirety of the weekend, beginning at 3 PM EDT on Friday, March 23. […]

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A cryptic SoundCloud upload has some speculating it’s a Daft Punk ‘leak’

Activity on the r/daftpunk subreddit is momentarily diverting ticket holders’ attention from the Swedish House Mafia rumor mill, and directing it instead toward Daft Punk‘s. The speculation surrounding a Daft Punk reunion on the final day of Ultra Music Festival has continued to mount since the iron-on patches enclosed in the Ultra 20 ticket canisters originally […]

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Ultra Music Festival drops off final installment in ’20 Years of Ultra’ video series [Watch]

Ultra Music Festival will blow out its birthday candles in just a few days, as Ultra 20 descends upon Bayfront Park, Miami to commemorate a landmark two decades from March 23-25. And if the festival were to figuratively wish for new IDs from its favorite figures in the electronic sphere upon extinguishing those candles, Ultra would […]

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Lighting tech appears to confirm Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra in Facebook post

A prominent lighting tech appears to have inadvertently shed some light on the debate around the likelihood of a Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra Music Festival this year. A grainy image of Swedish House Mafia group members circulated on an Axwell forum on March 18, before later surfacing on Reddit. The photo is said to have originally […]

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9 Acts To See At Ultra Music Festival 2018 + Set Times

Featured Photo by Alex G Perez This is a very special year for several reasons. Reason one, it’s the 20th anniversary of what some would say is the best music festival in North America. Reason two, there are rumors that Swedish House Mafia could reform at this year’s festival. Reason three, the unknown that comes […]

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