Ultra Music Festival
|Ultra Music Festival|
|Genre||EDM, house, dance, electro house, D&B, hardstyle, dubstep|
|Location(s)||Miami, Florida, U.S. (main location)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
São Paulo, Brazil
Seoul, South Korea
|Years active||1999-present (Miami)
2008-present (São Paulo)
2012-present (Buenos Aires)
|Inaugurated||1999, Miami, Florida, United States|
Ultra Music Festival is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that occurs in March in the city of Miami, Florida, United States. The festival coincides with the annual Winter Music Conference, also held in Miami. Since expansion to 2 weekends in 2013, however, the two Ultra weekends are held on the weekends that begin and end WMC.
Ultra is held in Downtown Miami in Bayfront Park. It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006, a two-day festival from 2007 to 2009, and was a three-day festival in 2010 to 2012. In 2012, a record 55,000 people per day attended the festival. In 2013, for the first time in festival history, UMF took place across two consecutive weekends. In 2014, the festival will return to a one-weekend format, taking place on Friday, March 28 through Sunday March 30th. Presale Tickets went on sale online May 21, 2013 selling out in a matter of seconds.
Other Ultra festivals are held in Ibiza, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; São Paulo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Seoul, South Korea; Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, Split, Croatia and Hvar, Croatia.
Ultra Music Festival was founded in 1999 by business partners Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes. The first festival was held as a one-day event at the end of the Winter Music Conference in 1999 with performances by Rabbit in the Moon and DJ Baby Anne. The event was held on South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, and was a major success. In March 2000, the festival returned to South Beach as a one-day event; the festival was met with even more success and was renewed immediately for a third year. The 15th anniversary of Ultra Music Festival held in 2013 was held over two weekends for the first time ever (Friday through Sunday.)
Growth to Downtown Miami
Because of the massive rise in attendance between 1999 and 2000, festival coordinators decided to relocate to Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami for the third annual event. UMF continued to bring the biggest names in electronic dance music to Miami with performances by Tiësto, EC Twins, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Sander Kleinenberg, Photek, Josh Wink, p.a.w.n. LASERS, DJ Craze, and Rabbit in the Moon from 2001 to 2005. With the record-breaking attendance of the seventh annual UMF in 2005, the festival was again relocated to a smaller (by area) venue, Bicentennial Park, for 2006. In 2007, with Winter Music Conference in full swing, Ultra Music Festival held its first two-day event at Bicentennial Park with a record breaking 50,000+ concert goers in attendance. Ultra Music Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary March 28–29, 2008 with performances by Tiësto, Underworld, Justice, Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, MSTRKRFT, deadmau5, Annie Mac, Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten, Calvin Harris, Moby, The Crystal Method, Boys Noize, Benny Benassi, Armand van Helden, Duck Sauce, David Guetta, Jes, Enur, Pete Tong, Jackal & Hyde, Dj MYREN from Iran(2014) and Rabbit in the Moon.
With estimated attendance over 70,000, the festival set a new City of Miami record for number of tickets sold at a single event. The 11th annual UMF occurred March 27–28, 2009; the lineup including more crossover acts and live bands like The Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, The Ting Tings, Santigold, Crystal Castles, The Whip, and Perry Farrell. The 12th annual UMF took place March 26–27, 2010, with headlining performances again by Tiësto and deadmau5, as well as performances by David Guetta, Orbital, Little Boots, Sasha & Digweed, Above & Beyond, and The Bloody Beetroots. Each stage was accompanied with visual arts provided by VJs Vello Virkhaus, Psyberpixie, and Cozer. The festival sold out for the first time with over 100,000 attendees, where it was announced that the 13th annual event would take place over the course of three days in March 2011.
Ultra Music Festival 2012 was held on March 23, 24, 25 at Bayfront Park.
Early bird pre-sale tickets for Ultra Music Festival 2012 sold out within 20 minutes (seconds according to the Ultra Music Festival Facebook Page). Shortly after, pre-sale tickets increased from $149 to $229. This is also the second year that tickets for individual days did not become available for sale. A special appearance by Madonna a day before her international release of her twelfth studio album MDNA was held at the last day of the festival. Thereafter tickets for the 14th anniversary of the Festival quickly rose from $229 to $299 just one week after going on sale.
In January, tickets for three-day general admission sold out.
The 15th Ultra Music Festival was held over weekends; March 15 to 17, and March 22 to 24. Both of these weekends coincided with the beginning and end of Miami Music Week and the Winter Music Conference. Phase one of the festival lineup was officially revealed in January 2013, confirming appearances by David Guetta, deadmau5, and Tiësto on both weekends, along with Swedish House Mafia, who used the finale of the festival on Weekend 2 to serve as the finale of their farewell tour "One Last Tour". Main stage performances from Porter Robinson, Madeon, Hardwell, and more, were live-streamed over the internet via UMFTV. Pretty Lights would also perform at the festival accompanied by bass-beat DJ Futtize for the latter's Birthday (b. March 26).
On January 7, 2013, after organizers requested additional road closures for the event, Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff introduced a resolution calling for disapproval of the second weekend, believing that allowing the event to be held across two weekends would be "disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior of festival goers, and grid lock traffic," also alleging that "about 70 to 80 percent of these kids are on some sort of mind-altering drug." The city council voted in favor of continuing with the second weekend on January 10, 2013, charging the organizers $500,000 for police and fire services.
Ultra South Africa
In 2014, the Ultra Music Festival will make its debut on the African continent with an inaugural 2 day event in Cape Town and Johannesburg on February 14th and 15th respectively. An entry into the emerging South African dance music market has been anticipated for some time, but it was not until October 29th, 2013 when the rumours were put to rest with the announcement. The Cape Town show will take place at Ostrich Ranch, while the Johannesburg show taking place at the Nasrec Expo Centre. Headlining the festival is Tiesto, along with Alesso, Nicky Romero, Krewella, and W&W along with local rising duo Goldfish and Black Coffee.
|2005||45,000||Bayfront Park, Miami|
|2006||30,385||Bicentennial Park, Miami|
|2007||50,000||Bicentennial Park, Miami|
|2008||70,000||Bicentennial Park, Miami*|
|2009||100,000||Bicentennial Park, Miami|
|2010||100,000||Bicentennial Park, Miami|
|2011||150,000||Bicentennial Park, Miami|
|2012||165,000||Bayfront Park, Miami|
|2013||330,000||Bayfront Park, Miami|
*Broke City of Miami records for tickets sold at a single event.
|1999–2000||South Beach, Miami Beach|
|2001–2005||Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami|
|2006–2011||Bicentennial Park, Downtown Miami|
|2012–Present||Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami*|
Transportation and hotels
Ultra attracts visitors from throughout the world. Most visitors stay at hotels within the Downtown Miami or Brickell neighborhoods. This is by far the most convenient option for attending Ultra. Other popular neighborhoods include: the Omni and Edgewater, which are both within walking distance of Ultra. Some visitors get hotel accommodations in South Beach. However, reaching South Beach from Ultra in Downtown Miami can be problematic due to traffic, congestion and expensive transportation options, making it a less popular option. Metrobus routes S, C and 120 connect Ultra directly to South Beach.
Visitors to Ultra are encouraged not to drive to the festival as parking is scarce and very expensive. Instead, most visitors take the Miami Metrorail or Metrobus. The nearest Metrorail station is Government Center. Additionally, the free Metromover provides transportation throughout Downtown Miami and Brickell. Train and bus service is extended during Ultra. Train service is extended until 1am. For more information, visit: Miami-Dade Transit
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