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Ultra Taiwan announcement expands itself to two days

Ultra Taiwan announces its adding a day to their music festival, culminating in a two day event. Now, the bigger event will take place at Taipei Dajia Ultra Park in Taipei, Taiwan on September 8-9 of this year. Powerhouse festival company, Ultra, continues to dominate in Asia, curating the continents largest music festival. Taiwan’s Road to Ultra will be […]

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Ultra Japan announces robust phase one lineup topped by DJ Snake, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, and more

Again demonstrating its ubiquitous presence as a worldwide festival phenomenon, Ultra has locked in a stellar, multifaceted-as-ever billing for its fifth anniversary of the global festival’s Japan installment, to take place over an extended weekend on September 15-17. Topping phase one of the 2018 bill are high-rollers Nicky Romero, DJ Snake, Armin Van Buuren, and Zedd, […]

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Here are all of the best performances of Ultra Europe 2018

Ultra Europe‘s 2018 installment in Split, Croatia brought together some of the finest globetrotting DJs in the world — Afrojack, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, and DJ Snake, just to name a few. Now, with the festival in the review, Dancing Astronaut has gathered some of the highlights in their full set form. Whether it was a set from a […]

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Watch Nicky Romero play Avicii’s ‘Heaven’ live at Ultra Singapore

Avicii’s collaboration with Chris Martin continues to travel the festival circuit, courtesy of Nicky Romero. Entitled “Heaven,” the famously unreleased song surfaced in several of Romero’s recent live sets, including that of Romero’s Ultra Singapore performance, where Romero played the track in tribute to the late artist, making for a poignant sonic salute. H/T: DJ […]

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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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Hardwell & Grammy Award-winning orchestra deliver highly anticipated Ultra 2018 intro, ‘Conquerers’

Does Hardwell ever sleep? In addition to an endless touring schedule, the big room don has consistently delivered new music in 2018, and what’s more — now he’s dropping off his stunning intro from Ultra Music Festival. It’s become an annual tradition for the Dutch superstar to treat fans with the official version of his opening track […]

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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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Hardwell’s Ultra 20 set get the ‘drops only’ treatment [Watch]

Those who want to bypass builds and just enjoy a series of nonstop drops can now seamlessly do so via a “drops only” oriented reboot of Hardwell’s Ultra 20 set. An amalgamation of Hardwell’s early electronic classics and new IDs alike, Hardwell’s original Ultra 20 set generates a near palpable anticipation leading up to each […]

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Slushii delivers heavy-handed seven-track ‘Find Your Wings’ EP following massive Ultra 2018 performance

It’s been an exciting journey thus far for Slushii. The emerging young beatmaker, born Julian Scanlan, has deservedly settled in as one of the industry’s most lauded new talents after a meteoric breakthrough campaign over the last year and a half. Coming off the heels of a brilliant return to Ultra performing at the Worldwide Stage, Slushii is […]

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Alan Walker plays Spotify ad during Main Stage Ultra set [Watch]

Spotify ad breaks seem always to arrive at inconvenient times: prior to the listener’s favorite song in the music streaming service’s queue, or in Alan Walker’s case, during a Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival. Walker appeared to have been using the ad supported free version of Spotify during his March 24 set at […]

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Is Tomorrowland cryptically teasing a Swedish House Mafia performance?

For months, Ultra Music Festival had been saying “expect the unexpected” leading up to its 20th anniversary celebration. While many believed the phrase to mean Daft Punk was planning a return to the festival circuit, viral rumors all but confirmed a Swedish House Mafia reunion. After all, the iconic Swedish trio hadn’t performed together since their One Last Tour in 2013, with […]

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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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Miami Music Week in a nutshell: capturing the ridiculousness beneath the glamour

Miami Music Week — the largest dance music industry event in America, and the world. In addition to the Winter Music Conference, which takes place that week, a plethora of outside club events dominate the city that culminate into Ultra Music Festival at its end. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, making for […]

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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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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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[BREAKING – STREAM NOW] The wait is finally over – Swedish House Mafia have taken the stage at Ultra

  Dance music fans and pundits have spent the past few weeks in anxious agony as rumors of Swedish House Mafia‘s fabled return to close Ultra on Sunday swirled around the the internet. Speculations began arising as to who the “surprise special guests” would be shortly after Ultra Miami announced its lineup, reaching fever pitch after a series […]

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DJ Mag Germany alleges ‘official confirmation’ of SHM’s surprise Ultra reunion

Swedish House Mafia‘s surprise Ultra reunion after five years of retirement has more or less equated to Daft Punk levels of fervor over the past couple weeks since a series of seemingly innocuous, yet mysterious events have hinted at their return. Steve Angello and his team have repeatedly denied these rumors, as have others connected […]

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DJ Snake unveils euphoric new original ‘When The Light’s Down’ during Ultra performance

    Ultra Miami is much like the ‘Coachella‘ of electronic music festivals in that its star performers often save a good deal of new material to debut throughout the weekend and the surrounding Miami Music Week. DJ Snake became one of the first wave of high profile DJs to show off his freshly-made wares […]

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