Ultra Music Festival drops massive RESISTANCE Miami lineup

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Resistance

Ultra Music Festival unveiled their RESISTANCE lineup for UMF’s flagship Miami edition, ahead of the festival’s 20th anniversary in March. The lineup is directly in line with the underground thematics of RESISTANCE, an intra-Ultra brand that caters to house and techno fans. RESISTANCE will host some of the underground’s most storied acts across its Arcadia Spectacular “Spider” stage, and its tented Megastructure arena.

A landmark anniversary celebration warrants a lineup of large talent, and RESISTANCE delivers. Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones, Sasha, Maceo Plex, and more top the RESISTANCE lineup. Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, and Paco Osuna will convene for a triple b2b performance at the Megastructure on Saturday, March 24, while J.E.S.u.S., comprised of Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream, and Seth Troxler, will dominate the ‘Spider’ on Sunday, March 25.

A host of additional artists will also provide support across both stages. While the RESISTANCE lineup is nothing short of stunning, it is not yet complete—festival organizers will announce the rest of the performers that comprise the RESISTANCE Miami lineup in the weeks to come. Tickets to Ultra Miami’s 20th anniversary from March 23–25 can be purchased here.

Kölsch announces first US residency at Miami’s Heart Nightclub

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Kolsch

Kölsch announced that he has landed his first full US residency, which will begin March 17 at Heart Nightclub in Miami. This news comes fresh off of the heels of his January announcement that he will be playing the Tomorrowland main stage in the summer of 2018, proving that this year is off to a very hot start for the Danish producer.

Kölsch originally announced his residency on Instagram, and tickets for Heart Nightclub are available here.

Sex, Drugs, and EDM: how common is sneaking drugs into festivals?

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Sneaking your MDMA into Ultra using a rotisserie chicken? Sounds like quite the stretch, but a recent study conducted by the Boca Raton-based Take 5 Media Group reports that this situation is indeed a reality.

The company conducted the study for a behavioral health treatment facility, Florida House Experience, in Deerfield Beach — which resides less than an hour outside of Miami. Florida House Experience works with such local universities as University of Miami, Florida International University, and Barry University to provide rehabilitation, addiction counseling, and mental health services to patients.

Their aim with this investigative study was to find out what kinds of drugs were being purchased at music festivals, what they were being cut with, who was doing the selling, and how users were sneaking them in.

Take 5 Media

Here are the winners:

As far as sneaking in goodies to music festivals, underwear was the most popular method of transfer; although, rotisserie chickens and prosthetic limbs were also noted as used methods.

One of the studies most disconcerting conclusions was that most drug users — 63 percent — obtained their substance(s) of choice off a one-time encounter with a stranger.

Even worse are the “unidentifiable additions of unmarked and sometimes dangerous substances,” reports Take 5 in the study. “Beyond being unrecognizable to the naked eye, these cutting agents are sometimes significantly stronger than the drugs they’re labeled as, creating deadly consequences.”

Take 5 reports that jam festivals such as Summercamp or High Sierra revealed 89 percent of attendees reporting they’d been offered illicit substances at jam festivals. EDM came in as a close second, with 83 percent of attendees reporting being offered drugs.

All of that drug use clouds the frontal lobe and likely causes spikes in the libido of horny festival goers, as Take 5 reports that nearly one in four attendees admitted to having unprotected sex after using drugs at EDM Festivals.

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City of Miami Commissioners meet to decide fate of Bayfront Park-based music events

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The setting of large scale Miami-based music festivals, Ultra Music Festival and Rolling Loud, is subject to change following the City of Miami’s recent “Sunshine Meeting” on December 15. A response to the petition prepared earlier in the year by The Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance, the “Sunshine Meeting” united Miami Commissioners to meet to discuss the future schedule of events situated at Bayfront Park, including whether annual events like Ultra and Rolling Loud would be permitted to continue to use the venue.

The Miami Downtown Neighbors Alliance garnered more than 1,154 signatures on its Change.org based petition, which expressed Downtown Miami residents’ collective desire to have “daily access” to Bayfront Park, locals’ “neighborhood park.” Residents complained that the park had alternatively been closed to the public more often than it was open, the park “…in a state of disrepair for over 100 days because of mega-concerts like Ultra and Rolling Loud,” according to petitioners. The petition proposed a uniform ban on all music-related events in Bayfront Park.

The City of Miami has yet to make a formal announcement regarding its decision to either permit such music oriented events to continue to find their foothold in Bayfront Park, or to conversely oust the events altogether. A statement should soon arrive from City Commissioners, the content of which will undoubtedly prove impactful in the landscape of Miami music productions.

H/T: EDM Sauce

 

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Apparently Ultra’s 2018 lineup just leaked (…and has since been confirmed)

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Ultra’s 2018 lineup may have leaked, according to multiple sources. Earlier this evening Empire of the Sun posted the leak to Instagram but they have since removed the post. Popular festival news twitter account, The Festive Owl, posted the leak to social media with a detailed account of the aforementioned series of events. Although it is unconfirmed as to whether the leak is in fact fully accurate, Empire of the Sun’s sharing of the festival’s poster increases the likelihood that the leak is indeed accurate and The Festive Owl’s certainty on the matter is certainly compelling.

 

 

 

 

Update [8:48 PM EST 12/18/2017]: Ultra has since confirmed the lineup via their official Twitter page.

 

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Joseph Capriati played a 25-hour set in Miami this weekend, his longest performance to date

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Joseph Capriati‘s signature brand of pearlescent and emotive techno, delivered with exactitude and an equal amount of infectious flair, saw 25 hours of playtime this weekend, as the Redimension label-head progressed from house to a proper serving of techno to round out a massive set.

Capriati shared the information earlier this morning where he said he came with the intention of playing a marathon set and just couldn’t stop — extending the marathon for over 25 hours.

Capriati’s monumental set reigns supreme over fellow Italian Marco Carola, who previously slung out a massive 24-hour deliverance.

While it’s certainly not a competition to see who can withstand the longest set, Capriati’s accomplishment is an impressive feat nonetheless.

H/T: DJ Mag

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Good Morning Mix: Thomas Jack delivers prolific five-and-a-half-hour Groove Cruise Miami set

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‘The world’s “largest floating dance music festival,” Groove Cruise recently wrapped up another installment in its Miami party series, sailing to a Coco Cay Private Island and Nassau in the Bahamas as more than 50 artists set the tone for the trip, delivering sets that would form the cruise’s collective soundtrack.

Thomas Jack, one of Groove Cruise’s headliners, stunned all aboard with an ambient house set five-and-a-half-hours in duration. Rife with clean rhythms and seamless transitions, the set had surfaced in recorded form as a sensuous sampling of the late night” approach to house music mixing that has characterized Jack’s summer stint as a Hï Ibiza resident.

A luxuriant exposition of Jack’s progression as a live performer, the set is sure to make all listeners grateful that the performance has been recorded and released, rather than forever anchored in the evening of Jack’s 2017 appearance on the Groove Cruise.

 

 

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Major Lazer host benefit concert for hurricane-stricken Caribbean people

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In wake of the wave of hurricanes that have struck the Caribbean islands, dance music supergroup Major Lazer decided to throw a benefit concert in Miami to raise funds for those affected by the natural disasters.

On Oct. 16, the Caribbean-influenced trio composed of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire hosted a massive concert called Relief is the Mission at Mana Wynwood featuring appearances by Tory Lanez, Machel Montano, Bad Bunny and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the three-hour concert went to the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands that were affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The performance raised $2,501 from 111 people on the Facebook livestream alone.

 

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Life in Color announces 2018 Miami dates

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After a successful 10th anniversary year that saw tens of thousands festivalgoers flock to Miami, Life in Color is preparing to head into the next decade of music and paint.

Since its humble beginnings in 2007 with 600 attendees, the festival has expanded from Miami to host more than 500 events in 40 countries. In that time, more than 250,000 gallons of paint have splattered fans as they dance to music greats like Diplo, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris.

The festival’s 11th edition will take place on Jan. 14, 2018 at Mana Wynwood. Tickets are on sale now and are available here.

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Breaking: Petition to boot ULTRA from Miami gains traction

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Known as the seminal EDM event that has established a strong global presence for Miami, Ultra Music Festival is nearing it’s contract expiration with Miami’s Bayfront Park Management Trust.

A newly formed coalition of Bayfront residents, with a heavy collective financial hand, are petitioning the city to deny the renewal of ULTRA‘s contract — a festival that has brought hundreds of thousands of dance music fans together for over 15 years.

The petition is being circulated by the Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA), a group that has also demanded the city crack down on noise at clubs in the 24-hour entertainment district. The group says it’s interests lay solely with those of a growing class of residents in the heart of the city.

The petition, which is nearing 1,100 signatures, was delivered yesterday to Commissioner Frank Carollo at the monthly meeting of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. The Miami Herald referred to the move as merely the “latest salvo” in the growing feud between downtown’s residential community and its entertainment scene, which have had conflicting interests since the city’s recent condo and apartment tower boom.

In fact, the petition goes as far as to request bans on all music-related events in Bayfront Park, including the hip-hop festival, Rolling Loud.

We, the residents of Downtown Miami and its neighboring communities deserve to have daily access to Bayfront Park – our neighborhood park…Instead, 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 neighbor alliance vows that it is no enemy of nightlife, citing their dedication to community service, education, and a focus on the needy in their neighborhood.

Ultimately, it would be impossible to dispute the downtown resident’s complaints. Yet, as the Miami New Times rightly points out, it remains difficult not to wonder: What exactly did you think downtown Miami was like before you moved in? 

Downtown is not Miami Shores. It’s not Kendall. Like every major metropolitan center, it’s a big, busy, crazy, loud space that serves as a civic hub for the 2.7 million people who live in Miami-Dade County. There are tradeoffs to living in the middle of all that. An exciting, walkable lifestyle with gorgeous views of the bay, by necessity, comes with some noise, traffic, and general annoyance…Residents who bought downtown condos knew exactly what they were bargaining for when they signed their contracts.

But EDM enthusiasts and nightlife financial backers have recently fired back on the petition group’s Facebook page. Over all, UMF brings in a $79 million positive economic impact on South Florida.

In an age where “cash is king,” it will be interesting and unsurprising if the city rules in favor of Ultra Miami.

H/T Miami New Times, Curbed Miami, Miami Herald

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