Ultra Music Festival has been expelled from Bayfront Park

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Ultra Music Festival has been a staple in Miami for 18 years. But its run is finally over.

Today, the City of Miami Commission voted to deny the festival a new five-year agreement forcing the longstanding event to find a new home.

There wasn’t much debate on the commission and the final vote was unanimous, arguing that downtown residents have been complaining for years that the festival was too loud and chaotic for the residential neighborhood.

Despite opposition, Ultra had hope that the commission might still let the festival return, just for a shorter term, but there hopes were quickly dashed after Ultra’s spokesperson Ray Martinez asked to defer the vote and was confronted by Joe Carollo.

“What you are trying to do is take away the decision from the [Bayfront Park Management Trust] and get the deal you want and leave the [DNA] out in the cold. Where is the transparency here? You guys know that I know what you are up to.”

It is unclear where Ultra Music Festival will take place next year.

Via: Miami New Times

Gary Richards’s Friendship music cruise is hosting a four-person cabin giveaway [Enter Here]

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HARD Events (HARD Summer, Holy Ship!) founder, Gary Richards is extending an invite to his sea-bound get together, the Frienship Music Cruise, consisting of merely a few thousand of his closest friends. One lucky winner will secure a four-person cabin aboard the awe-inspiring, amenity-filled Celebrity Equinox cruise ship.

Organized by Richards’s new AMFAMFAMF event brand, the cruise will sail from Miami to the Bahamas December 11-15. Lining the walls of the party-prepared vessel will be alluring acts from all ends of the electronic continuum, from Rüfüs Du Sol to Boys Noize to Anna Lunoe, to Destructo (Richards) himself. The giveaway is running through October 1. So for those seeking to indulge their penchant for warm-weather inside broad sonic landscapes and stave off stark winter woes aboard one of the most luxurious cruise ships on the planet, the Friendship Cruise has the answer.

Enter to win here. For more info on the festival itself, head here.

Wynwood Fear Factory brings Galantis, RL Grime, Duke Dumont and more to Miami for Halloween weekend

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Summer festival season is winding down, but the events circuit shows no signs of slowing as fall lineups begin to pour in. Halloween billings have already started surfacing, and thanks to the organizers at Diskolab, Miami just became a top contender for Halloween weekend destinations. Mana Wynwood Warehouse will host some of the most in-demand electronic acts in the country across October 26 – 27, with a roster topped by RL Grime and Galantis, along with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike billed as the weekend’s special guests.

The rest of the lineup boasts a solid supporting cast with performances from Getter, Tritonal, Keys N Krates, and Duke Dumont all locked in. This year’s lineup also includes Blackgummy, BROHUG, and Deorro among others. Wynwood Fear Factory passes and VIP packages are on sale now — purchase tickets here.

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Famed Miami nightclub The Electric Pickle announces impending closure

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Wynwood Arts District resident, The Electric Pickle will close its doors in June 2019. Venue owners and operators Tomas, Diego, and Mitch announced the nightclub’s impending cessation in a Facebook post published on the event’s official Facebook page.

“It’s been a crazy ride and we’re not done yet,” Tomas, Diego, and Mitch write, after acknowledging their mutual decision to forgo the renewal of the venue’s lease. “It’s time for a change,” the message continues, “We look forward to one more trip around the sun, filled with parties and memories.”

Those interested can get a look at The Electric Pickle’s event calendar leading up to the club’s June closure, here.

View The Electric Pickle’s Facebook post, here.

Photo Credit: The Electric Pickle

Rakastella ushers in its storied return to Miami with Phase 1 lineup

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Art and dance music connoisseurs can rejoice in knowing that Innervisions and Life and Death‘s iconic joint event. Rakastella, is returning to its home of Miami during Art Basel on December 8. Hosted on the Virginia key, the event is primed to fulfill it’s title’s mission once more of “making love” by melding together stunning visuals and some of the finest house and techno into an immersive 14-hour show.

As DJ Tennis, Dixon, and Âme are the prime curators behind their labels’ event, the lineup is naturally cutting edge. The aforementioned acts will be headlining, joined by Job Jobse, DJ Harvey, and Red Axes. Apparat will also be making his Miami debut in the form of a DJ set.

Stay tuned as more of the roster is unveiled. In the meantime, purchase tickets here.

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

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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 Bayfront Park — DNA residents’ “neighborhood park” — to downtown Miami locals. “Since the beginning of 2017, Bayfront Park has been closed to the public or in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud,” the document read. The petition surpassed 1,100 signatures when it reached the hands of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo.

Now, the feud between downtown Miami dwellers and large scale Bayfront Park hosted music events like Ultra Music Festival will come to a head as Carollo presents UMF orchestrators with a financially oriented ultimatum: pay $2 million annual payments to the agency that oversees Bayfront Park, or take Ultra elsewhere.

UMF organizers’ previous contract permitted the festival to occupy Bayfront for a five-year period. In exchange, Ultra Music Festival paid the city of Miami a sum comprised of a usage fee and a ticket surcharge that was then tacked onto the cost of each individual UMF admission cost. The city collected an average of about $663,000 from UMF over the five-year stretch, notably enjoying an elevated profit of $742,000 in 2018. Given that Ultra’s contract expired in 2018, festival organizers will need to make swift and strategic moves if they plan to keep Bayfront Park as Ultra’s home location.

While Miami residents like Rev. Pedro Martinez continue to call upon city officials like Carollo to ‘stop the prostitution of the park to multiple events,’ Ultra lobbyist Ray Martinez reiterates the global value inherent in the festival that, in many ways, put Miami on the musical map. ‘Let’s look at the positives,’ Ray Martinez said, ‘We talk about Miami wanting to be a world-class city. Ultra is a world-class event. It is the Art Basel of electronic music.’

Rolling Loud is also expected to face steep fees if it seeks to return to the park in future years of festival production. Neither Ultra nor Rolling Loud have commented on the recent contract related complications.

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H/T: Miami Herald

Relive Miami Music Week’s unparalleled 2018 Get Lost Party – photography by Khris Cowley

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

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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 an even more energized atmosphere surrounding it.

Its enormous popularity among fans, industry professionals, and artists alike translates to an enormous invasion of the city, and thus an even crazier unfolding of developments. Surge prices for ride share services and taxis are near-unfathomable, drink prices are egregious, and ATM fees are shockingly high. Meanwhile, utter debauchery and chaos mean tense interactions between bouncers and patrons, wedding rings falling off celebrity’s hands, and of course, instances that in the past have included women talking to trees.

We compiled an array of images that captures moments like these, that show a deeper look beneath the glamour of Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival.

1. We hope you withdrew cash ahead of time….

Jackmaster discovered ATM fees at the small club Treehouse were set at $36. The fee was so high that he had to document it through Instagram, appropriately quipping, “Some cunt is having a laugh.” Note to self: withdraw copious amounts of cash prior to going out for the night, or else…

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2. Same goes for buying alcohol

Either the drink needs to have at least 4 shots, or it’s best to get toasted enough to last the whole event.

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3. A test in supply & demand

Not planning on drinking? You’ll at least need water to remain safely hydrated in the warm outdoor weather. Humane ideologies be damned — vendors throughout the week are putting necessity and capitalism to the test by charging upwards of $15 for a bottle of water at each event. Perhaps the hot new liquid to hide in a flask is H2O.

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4. Not today, lawsuits!

This venue wasn’t playing around when it came to hosting an Axtone pool party. The question is, what can you bring?

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5. That awkward moment when…

You lose your 20-carat engagement ring while partying too hard to Above & Beyond

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6. When the alcohol hits early

Pacing is the key to day-drinking, young Padawan.

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7. On the other hand, 3 snaps for this brave raver

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8. One thing to save money on: food

Plus side: food poisoning is potentially the new leading cause of seeking medical assistance at the music festival? Put that in your pipe and smoke it, media.

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9. An accurate depiction of Ultra attendees from an Uber driver’s point of view:

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10. And finally….the Great SHM Lighting Conspiracy of 2018

Why the odd camera angles? Error? Technical difficulty? Was it all fake after all? Who knows…

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

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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 1997 hit single, “Miami.”

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Paris Hilton loses engagement ring during Above & Beyond’s ‘Common Ground’ Miami show

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Above & Beyond’s emotive brand of dance music is that which demands many ‘hands in the air’ moments of joy during their shows. It turns out these moments are so intense for some that they end up losing valuable possessions — specifically, their wedding rings.

Such a an ironically tragic incident befell Paris Hilton on Friday night, March 23, during the trance trio’s Common Ground Miami tour stop. During the early morning hours in a bout of ecstatic dancing, the heiress’ 20-carat engagement ring reportedly flew off her finger and into the surrounding chaos, according to witnesses. Panic immediately ensued, with Hilton’s fiancé leading security officers in a search for the valuable bauble. They found it at the bottom of an ice bucket two tables down.

While the neither the couples’ camps nor the venue have been reached for comment as of writing time, Above & Beyond themselves confirmed the incident via a well-wishing Tweet hours later. Jono Grant also posted a picture of himself, Paavo, and Hilton after the show.

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H/T: Page Six
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