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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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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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There were a minimum of two new IDs in Swedish House Mafia’s Ultra set

“Expect the unexpected” just might continue to be salient advice to Swedish House Mafia fans long after Ultra 20 has concluded. A tweet from 1001 Tracklists alleges that the Swedish super group’s closing set at the Miami festival contains two brand new IDs, directing attendees and live stream viewers alike to the set, exhorting listeners to […]

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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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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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[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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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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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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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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Hardwell: a Swedish House Mafia reunion at Ultra ‘has to happen’ [Watch]

Netherlands radio station,SLAM! recently got Hardwell on the phone to talk Miami Music Week, his upcoming Main Stage slot at Ultra Music Festival‘s opening day on Friday, March 23, and, of course, speculation that Swedish House Mafia will reconvene for a special anniversary performance. “Most of the DJs have some free time in January and February, […]

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