Ultra Music Festival has unveiled their phase one lineup ahead of the festivals European edition. The bill touts EDM heavy weights The Chainsmokers and Marshmello as two of the festival’s three headliners, with Eric Prydz occupying the third closing slot.
Other names atop the lineup include Ultra mainstays Afrojack, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Axwell / Ingrosso, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Galantis, Hardwell and Steve Angello. In addition, techno stalwarts Carl Cox and Marco Carola will return to headline the festival’s new Resistance stage, which features some of techno’s most storied DJs.
The festival returns to the Poljud stadium in Split, Croatia on July 6-8.
Ultra Europe celebrated its fifth year of production this past weekend in Split, Croatia.
Though the lineup was enticing, featuring industry heavyweights such as David Guetta, Steve Angello, and Tiësto, it seems that the DJs booked for Ultra Europe’s fifth year wouldn’t be the only ones “performing” at the festival.
One couple proved to be a little more adventurous, or alternatively, a little more oblivious to their surroundings than most, venturing away from the set to satisfy their sexual urges. Yet, with thousands of people gathered in Split, privacy was not to be found, and the couple was subsequently caught doing the deed. While the probable embarrassment of being discovered is only temporary, YouTube videos have a bit of a longer life, making for a comical kind of cinematic souvenir for the filmed couple.
The best collaborations just might be born from the most chance encounters.
Cue the latest musical project to be jointly expected from two of dance music’s dominant Dutchmen, Hardwell and Afrojack. “When [Hardwell] had to make an emergency landing, you’ll pick him up and you’ll travel together working on new music” wrote Afrojack in an Instagram posted yesterday. The Instagram caption accompanied a photograph of Hardwell perched atop Afrojack’s shoulders.
Fresh off of his performance at Ultra Music Festival Europe, Hardwell encountered plane trouble on his return to the Netherlands that diverted the DJ’s flight. The pilot of the plane was required to execute an emergency landing in Split, Croatia once the plane’s flaps were discovered to be inadequate to last for the duration of the flight, the plane’s flaps experiencing mechanical failure.
As serendipity would have it, Afrojack too was in Split, awaiting his own departure to Crete where he would appear at Hersonissos. Afrojack invited Hardwell aboard his own private jet where the pair set to work on new music. “What exactly they produced together, we don’t know…But people can expect that they may release something together,” confirmed Afrojack’s manager, Ludvie Mailuhi. Mailuhi’s affirmation of the DJs’ collaboration has only been further solidified since by Afrojack’s Instagram.
Hardwell went on to perform b2b style with Afrojack in Hersonissos, making for a very happy accident for those in attendance at Starbeach, the European seaside amusement park that hosted the duo that evening.
It has been reported that a man died from apparent asphyxiation after attempting to swallow a bag of marijuana near Poljud Stadium, the venue which hosted Ultra Europe this past weekend. The 24-year-old, who hailed from Split, Croatia, appears to have eaten the plastic bag containing the cannabis in an effort to evade charges from police, who were pursuing him under suspicion of drug possession.
Reportedly, the man became ill while en route to a police station, and authorities attempted to help him before contacting medical assistance. He was then transported to a hospital, where he died upon arrival.
Over a dozen such “interventions” occurred at Ultra Europe, about half of the intervened parties being sent to the hospital.
Ultra Europe began its milestone fifth edition in the picturesque Split, Croatia on July 13, bringing in thousands of global fans to enjoy a wide array of artists across the electronic spectrum. From main stage heroes such as David Guetta and DJ Snake, to the legendary pairing of Sasha & John Digweed at Carl Cox’s Resistance stage, the festival truly included something for everyone in its enviable bill.
Set recordings from the gathering have already started to emerge, allowing those unable to attend a chance to put themselves in the crowd with their imaginations. Thus far, sets by Armin van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Carl Cox, and Axwell / Ingrosso have gone up – keep watch on this post as more emerge.