Soundtrack to Ultra 20

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Ultra celebrated a monumental twentieth anniversary this past weekend. Organizers wrapped UMF’s birthday with several landmark wins — its acquisition of Winter Music Conference, a Swedish House Mafia reunion, and a long-fought promise to return to their beloved venue at Miami’s Bayfront Park.

Along with the weekend came a bevy of top industry taste maskers spotlighting the upcoming year’s most popular dance floor anthems in their sets.  Over the weekend, 1001tracklists.com compiled a list of the Top Ten most-played tracks at Ultra Music Festival. From singles one might expected to see from names like DrakeSkrillex, and GTA, a deeper listen into the list reveals some tracks that will surely surprise and delight.

In years past, the tracks dominating Ultra’s main stage were seen as a way to forecast which generic trends might be dominating the festival season cycle. The sheer diversity in this year’s compiled list displays a wider range of genre crossing, however, which speaks to dance music’s diversification of tastes and sounds.

Here are the top ten tracks most played tracks at Ultra 2018.


1. Drake – God’s Plan [OVO]


2. Gammer – The Drop [Monstercat]


3. 4B &TEEZ – Whistle [Premiere Class]


4. 4B & Aazar – Pop Dat [FREE]


5. Valentino Kahn – Lick It [Spinnin’]


6. GTA ft. DJ Funk – Booty Bounce (GTA Hyprr Mix) [Free/Mad Decent]


7. DJ Snake – Magenta Riddim [Geffen/Universal]


8. David Guetta, Martin Garrix, & Brooks – Like I Do [What A Music]


9. Skrillex & Habstrakt – Chicken Soup [OWSLA]


10. Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini [Atlantic/Warner]


H/T: EDMTunes, Photo credit: aLIVE Coverage.

[BREAKING – STREAM NOW] The wait is finally over – Swedish House Mafia have taken the stage at Ultra

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Swedish House Mafia

 

Dance music fans and pundits have spent the past few weeks in anxious agony as rumors of Swedish House Mafia‘s fabled return to close Ultra on Sunday swirled around the the internet. Speculations began arising as to who the “surprise special guests” would be shortly after Ultra Miami announced its lineup, reaching fever pitch after a series of events including a mysterious social media update and a cryptic confession from a lighting technician all but validated the rumors for those tracking the case.

Those refusing to believe anyone aside from the iconic trio would be chosen as the festival’s 20th anniversary closers can sit back in vindicated contentment, as Steve Angello, Axwell, and Ingrosso have just set foot on the main stage in a dramatic fashion to take the decks as “One.” A palpable wave of emotion can be felt through the stream, even, as the reunited legends began their “surprise” set with a dynamic array of visuals, ethereal hints of familiar vocals, bursts of synth roars, and finally, their crowd-favorite single “Miami To Ibiza.” A joyous moment has been marked in dance history, indeed.

Per a Tweet from FPIA, the outfit will have debuted three new SHM productions by the time their set is done. Now the question remains: Will Swedish House Mafia’s reunion be a one-off event, or will their “One Last Tour” cease to be with the announcement of a new slew of gigs? We’ll be watching the dance space heavily to find out.

Swedish House Mafia



DJ Snake unveils euphoric new original ‘When The Light’s Down’ during Ultra performance

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DJ Snake

 

 

Ultra Miami is much like the ‘Coachella‘ of electronic music festivals in that its star performers often save a good deal of new material to debut throughout the weekend and the surrounding Miami Music Week. DJ Snake became one of the first wave of high profile DJs to show off his freshly-made wares when he took the stage on Friday night, sharing one particularly unexpected, and welcomed gem.

Taking on the working title of “When The Light’s Down,” the production presents itself as a lighter addition to the DJ Snake repertoire, inducing smiles with pitched-up vocal edits rearranged into a jubilant melody, a touching bassline that becomes the centerpiece of the ending, and steep future bass drops to maintain a high energy level. Hints of robotic sampling add just a bit of edge to the finished product.

Word remains as to where “When The Lights Down” is signed to — perhaps it’s his brand new imprint, Premiere Classe, which he also announced during Miami Music Week just days before his headlining Ultra slot. Other notable parts of his performance include bringing Tchami and Malaa onstage to debut their new collaboration, and J Balvin for their Latin-tinged single “Mi Gente.”

 

H/T: EDM Sauce
Photo Credit: Rukes

Ultra Music Festival drops massive RESISTANCE Miami lineup

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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.

Ultra Worldwide hosts more than 1 million attendees in banner 2017 year

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Ultra Worldwide ought to take a bow.

The international branch of the Ultra Music Festival brand, Ultra Worldwide has concluded its 2017 year of production, attracting more than 1,000,000 attendees across 45 total events — placing Ultra Worldwide as the largest independent international music festival brand in the world. Hosting a total of 23 new events in 20 different countries, Ultra Worldwide ascended to new heights in its 2017 season.

Beyond a banner year for its festivals, 2017 also saw Ultra Worldwide’s heightened presence in Latin America. The brand made its debut in Mexico for Ultra Mexico, expanded its three-day Ultra Brasil initiative, and observed 90,000+ fans attend Rio De Janeiro’s Sambodromo event. Ultra Worldwide was also notable for its various independent Resistance and Road to Ultra occasions, the orchestration of the standalone events only further contributing to the unprecedented and prolific quality of Ultra Worldwide’s expansion Latin America.

With Ultra’s 2017 officially in the books, national and international attention may now be turned to Bayfront Park in Miami, where Ultra Music Festival Miami will celebrate its twentieth birthday come March 2018. Ultra Miami’s birthday run is slated for March 23-25. Those interested in attending UMF’s milestone anniversary event may purchase tickets to the festival here.

ULTRA Worldwide 2017 General Stats
Total global attendance: 1,000,000+
Total number of events: 45
Total number of new events in 2017: 23
Country count: 20
Total number of festival event hours: 554
Total staff employed worldwide: 10,000+
ULTRA Worldwide 2017 Media Stats
Livestream hours broadcasted via UMF TV: 143
Livestream hours viewed to date: 3,000,000
Total number of artist appearances: 1,028
Total ULTRA Passport holders: 300,000+
UMF Radio country distribution: 62
UMF Radio estimated weekly listeners: 32,693,400

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Carl Cox’s departure from his Space Ibiza residency cast a sorrowful glow over the underground dance community at the close of the 2016 Ibiza season. Thankfully, his regularly slated appearance hosting a stage in the Ultra Miami remains unaffected. He’ll return to the usual Carl Cox megastructure come March 24. He’ll be joined by house and techno’s finest this year at Ultra’s other underground bastion, Resistance, including Dubfire, Maceo Plex, Joseph Capriati, Tale Of Us, and more. In addition, the well-received Arcadia Spider stage will also make its return for the annual affair.

Sasha & John Digweed will also join the fray this year for the first time in six years. The legendary duo recently reunited, and will be touring as part of the global Ultra franchise. View the complete roster below:

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Resistance at Ultra Miami 2017

ANNA
B.Traits
Black Coffee
Carl Cox
Chris Liebing
DOSEM
Dubfire
Eats Everything
Eli & Fur
ELIO RISO
Hector
Hot Since 82
Jamie Jones
Jon Rundell
Josefin Rosén
Joseph Capriati
Kölsch
Maceo Plex
Marco Carola
The Martinez Brothers
Matador
Matthias Tanzmann
Nic Fanciulli
Reboot
RioTGeaR
Saeed Younan
Sasha & John Digweed
Seth Troxler
Tale Of Us
Technasia
wAFF

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Ultra Music Festival releases aftermovie 6 months ahead of its next installment

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Ultra Music Festival held its flagship Miami festival once again in March of this year, bringing along its usual diversified lineup of influential DJs from both mainstream and underground circles. Now, midway between the 2016 and 2017 editions of the festival, Ultra has reminded us of UMF’s sheer enormity through a picturesque aftermovie newly-posted onto its social media accounts.

The fifteen-minute video montage treats viewers to bouts of nostalgia conjured by happy faces, multiple displays of international flags, and views of its many stages. Information for the next edition of UMF will likely be unveiled as 2016 comes to a close.

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