|Genre||Electronic music festival|
8 Mediteranskih Igara 2, 21000, Split, Croatia
|Years active||2013–2017 (Croatia)|
|Organized by||Ultra Worldwide|
Ultra Europe is a multi-venue outdoor electronic music festival that is a part of Ultra Music Festival's worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. Ultra Europe made its debut as a two-day festival during 12-13 July 2013, and took place in Split, Croatia, with an additional Ultra Beach party in Hvar Island, Croatia on 14 July 2013. In 2015, the festival became a part of Destination Ultra which now lasts seven days across Croatia and includes an opening party, the three-day festival, yacht regatta, Ultra Beach, and a closing party.
The Beginning (2013-2014)
The debut of Ultra Europe took place during the first two days, 12–13 July and featured two stages in Split, Croatia at the Poljud Stadium—Main Stage and the Carl Cox & Friends Arena. Following that, the Ultra Beach party took place on the island of Hvar, Croatia at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort on 14 July.
Artists on the bill for Ultra Europe's debut in Split were Adventure Club, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Arty, Sander van Doorn, Porter Robinson, Knife Party, Fedde Le Grand, Avicii, Art Department, UMEK, Adam Beyer, Luciano, Carl Cox, Krewella, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, and many more. The Ultra Beach party in Hvar, Croatia welcomed Steve Aoki, Nervo, Erick Morillo, Dada Life, and Brass Knuckles. Ultra Europe's debut drew an attendance of about 103,000 people from all over the world.
For the following year, Ultra Europe expanded into a three-day festival, taking place during 11–13 July 2014 in Split, Croatia at the Poljud Stadium. Following Ultra Europe was the Ultra Beach party on 14 July, which was once again held at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort on the island of Hvar, Croatia.
The second edition of Ultra Europe featured three stages at the Poljud Stadium in Split, Croatia including the Main Stage, the Ultra Worldwide Arena, and the UMF Radio Stage. The 2014 festival featured the likes of The Chainsmokers, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Kill The Noise, Erick Morillo, Alesso, Deorro, Showtek, twoloud, Danny Avila, Vicetone, Knife Party, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate, Marlo, Ørjan Nilsen, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Nicky Romero, Paul Kalkbrenner, Pretty Lights, Danilo Orsini, Fedde Le Grand, Jewelz and Sparks, Mayavanya, Steve Aoki, Disclosure, Hot Since 82, Kryoman, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, Sebastian Ingrosso, Laidback Luke, DJ Snake, Carl Cox, Blasterjaxx, Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Andrew Rayel, Jochen Miller, Barks, RiotGear, Tiesto, Afrojack, Paul van Dyk, W&W, Aly & Fila, and many more.
The second edition of Ultra Beach in Hvar, Croatia featured headlining artists—Dillon Francis, Diplo, and Afrojack. Supporting acts included Goldfish, Justin Oh, and Golddiggers. Ultra Europe and Ultra Beach drew in a total of 150,000 people to Split and Hvar, Croatia for its second edition.
Destination Ultra (2015-2016)
The third edition of Ultra Europe, included in what is now known as Destination Ultra grew immensely, spanning seven days at venues across Croatia. This weeklong adventure took place from 9–15 July 2015.
Croatia Music Week kicked off with the opening party in Split, Croatia at the Giraffe Palm Beach House and featured Cocoon label head Sven Väth, along with Christian Burkhardt and Maurizo Schmitz.
The festival, Ultra Europe, took place once again in Split, Croatia at the Poljud Stadium during 10–12 July 2015. Ultra Europe's third edition featured three stages—Main Stage, Megastructure, the Resistance Afterburner powered by Arcadia Spectacular, and the UMF Radio Stage. Featured artists who played the third edition of Ultra Europe included The Chainsmokers, Galantis, Alesso, the Chemical Brothers, Wilkinson, Solomun, Matador, UMEK, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Apollonia, W&W, Afrojack, Steve Angello, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, and many more.
Ultra Beach took place for the third consecutive year at the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort in Split, Croatia on the following day. The lineup for that included Fedde Le Grand, Oliver Heldens, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Moguai, and Jewelz & Sparks.
The opening party once again took place at the Giraffe Palm Beach House on Thursday 14 July and featured UMEK along with guests from his label, 1605 Music Therapy—which included Mark Knight, Uner, and Dosem as well.
Ultra Europe took place the following three days—15–17 July 2016 and included four stages—Main Stage, Resistance, Arcadia Afterburner, and the UMF Radio Stage. The final lineup was announced on 6 July 2016 and included Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, deadmau5, Jamie Jones, Nero, Solomun, Apollonia, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz, David Guetta, Hot Since 82, Hardwell, Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella, Thomas Jack, Rødhåd, and many more. With the Friday cancelled due to extremely adverse weather conditions, Ultra surprised attendees on Saturday by opening at 1pm with Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond and Fedde Le Grand playing early sets to kick off a record-breaking 16-hour extravaganza. The jubilant atmosphere was not deterred as festival organizers announced that Friday ticket holders would be able to attend both Saturday and Sunday of the festival. With two marriage proposals, surprise sets and marathon performances, the opening of the festival was one to remember for all, with the headline DJs consistently presenting their love for the Croatian paradise to the audience and media.
After Ultra Europe concluded, Destination Ultra continued with three more days of events. The yacht regatta took place on the island of Brač, Croatia on 18 July.
Ultra Beach also continued at its original venue, the Hotel Amfora Grand Beach Resort for its fourth year running on 19 July. The lineup for Ultra Beach featured the likes of Sam Feldt, Jauz, Don Diablo, and Robin Schulz.
The 2016 edition of Destination Ultra concluded at Fort George on the island of Vis, Croatia on 20 July with a closing party hosted by Resistance, featuring Hot Since 82 and Nic Fanciulli.
There are many options for Destination Ultra and Ultra Europe attendees to take advantage of in lieu of accommodations. Specifically for Ultra Europe, attendees can book a stay at the Beachville Campsite, where over 4,000 people stayed at last year. The Beachville Campsite gives attendees the option of camping with friends in a tent or mobile home—also giving attendees the chance to attend the exclusive Beachville pre-party.
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