Ultra Music Festival announces 2020 dates and return to Bayfront Park

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Ultra Music Festival announces 2020 dates and return to Bayfront ParkSHM Reunion Ultra Miami

Miami—Ultra Music Festival is coming home. After tumultuous back-and-forth concerning the future of Ultra Miami’s venue, the beloved music festival will officially return to Bayfront Park in 2020. This past year, Ultra faced difficulties adjusting to its relocated host venue on Virginia Key Beach including stranded attendees, marine life impact, and other logistical issues that led to heated reactions from city officials and festival-goers alike. Despite the backlash and Ultra disclosing a voluntary termination of their license, the City of Miami ultimately voted to allow the festival to return to Bayfront Park.

Ultra 2020 will take place March 20-22. Ticket registration is now open here.

Ultra officially announced its dates for the upcoming year on July 30, a week earlier than previous years and undeniably to ramp up anticipation for its big homecoming. In 2020, Ultra will also bring back their ‘Mission: Home‘ sustainability and environmental initiative.

STREAM NOW: The Chainsmokers take on the Ultra Music Festival mainstage

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STREAM NOW: The Chainsmokers take on the Ultra Music Festival mainstageGames 6 Galen Oakes

Fresh off the heat of their brand new single, “Kills You Slowly”, The Chainsmokers have been paving their musical trajectory into the indie-pop landscape, a contrast from the energetic bursts of EDM melodies and mainstage anthems that they initially pursued.

The two, Alex Taggart and Andrew Pall have stirred commotion with news of an upcoming album, in addition to a jam-packed summer season of performing at club residencies and music festivals. Now heading into one of their biggest performances of the year, the duo are slated to close out the Ultra Music Festival mainstage on Sunday March 31.

To catch The Chainsmokers in action, tune into the Ultra livestream below.

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STREAM NOW: Armin Van Buuren closes out final night of Ultra Music Festival

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STREAM NOW: Armin Van Buuren closes out final night of Ultra Music FestivalArmin Van Buuren Live At Ultra Music Festival 2016 Miami Mainstage

Ultra Music Festival stands to mark the officiation of festival season, welcoming thousands of fervent attendees to witness a culmination of their favorite artists and new music alike. Known for bringing out the largest and most popular artists in the scene, the 2019 edition has slated the legendary Armin Van Buuren to close out the Ultra Live Arena. Due to the unfortunate circumstances that left Eric Prydz to cancel all Miami shows, Armin has promised a special A State of Trance extended set to complete the weekend, concluding Ultra Music Festival in unforgettable fashion.

Those who are unable to attend the festival can catch Armin’s closing performance on the Ultra livestream below.

KFC’s Colonel Sanders threw down a five-minute main stage set at Ultra, and artists weren’t happy about it

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KFC’s Colonel Sanders threw down a five-minute main stage set at Ultra, and artists weren’t happy about itUltra 2018 Mainstage ALIVE Coverage

Ultra Music Festival has grown to be one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, making the city of Miami a temporary home for the thousands of individuals that come flocking into the city. After the first day of the festival at their brand new location on the Virginia Key, festival-goers weren’t the only ones that had a lot to say about their experience thus far. Upon the festival’s main stage was KFC’s mascot, Colonel Sanders, who held a five-minute slot amidst the afternoon. Though the festival was characterized by a number of memorable artist sets, the promotional tactic was criticized by a number of artists, including Louis The Child and Alison Wonderland.

Speaking on the issue, the artists note that Ultra holds one of the most impactful platforms in the electronic music scene, and their stages should support hardworking, talented artists that work for the opportunity to perform at these events. Between the chaotic transportation issues at the end of night one that left thousands of attendees to make the hour long trek to the mainland, it looks like Ultra is just getting started.

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Martin Garrix surprise releases Ultra intro, ‘Mistaken’ with Alex Aris

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Martin Garrix surprise releases Ultra intro, ‘Mistaken’ with Alex ArisMartin Garri Dryo

Ultra Miami has always been a special event for Martin Garrix. The crossover wunderkind’s gigs at the mega-festival involve unveiling multiple new IDs and more, making for a memorable affair each time. After having to miss the 2018 iteration, he ensured his return to the main stage would be particularly special.

Garrix fans received a gift in the form of a brand new release minutes after his Ultra 2019 set began. His opening piece, an Matisse & Sadko and Alex Aris collaboration called “Mistaken,” landed on digital shelves with two different versions. The original, which harkens back to commercial house sounds of the early 2010s, is a slice of vocal euphoria that served as an effective opener for Garrix’ momentous returning set. Its accompanying club version errs a bit more toward the gritty side, but is equally nostalgia-influenced. Of his performance, the producer tweeted out his praise: “tonight was very special.”

 

 

 

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STREAM NOW: deadmau5 debuts cube 3.0 on Ultra Music Festival mainstage

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STREAM NOW: deadmau5 debuts cube 3.0 on Ultra Music Festival mainstageDeadmau5 2019 1

Ultra Music Festival is well underway, marking the 2019 edition as a historical one with their move to the Virginia Key island. With numerous highly anticipated performances still yet to come, deadmau5 will take the stage to debut the latest of his large scale production endeavours with the Cube 3.0. After the recent announcement of his upcoming fall North American tour, the Canadian producer will unveil his stage set up, in all its grandiose at the Ultra Live Arena on Saturday, March 30.

To see the Cube 3.0 in action, tune into the Ultra livestream now.


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Thousands of Ultra Music Festival attendees left stranded without transportation after first day

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Thousands of Ultra Music Festival attendees left stranded without transportation after first dayUltra Virginia Key Statement 1

The first day of Ultra Music Festival had some obstacles to overcome its first day on the Virginia Key. After the festival was booted from their original location within Miami’s Brickell District, its controversial move to its new island home has received mixed reactions, with many concerned about the after-effects of the festival’s presence. With thousands of festival goers attempting to leave the island at the end of the night, attendees have taken to social media to blast the festival for the disorganization in leaving the venue.

Ultra had organized shuttle busses to transport attendees to and from the venue, however the island offers a singular route available to pedestrian traffic. Reports of an accident along the shuttle route has halted traffic upon the bridge, leaving attendees forced to walk over a mile to get to the mainland.

The festival has already come under hot water by local residents, fearing the colossal violations of noise by-laws and environmental degradation over time. Reported to be an approximate hour walk from the festival grounds to the mainland, attendees should be prepared ahead of time for the remaining festival dates.

 

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Resident backlash erupts as draft of Ultra Music Fest’s Virginia Key agreement surfaces

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Resident backlash erupts as draft of Ultra Music Fest’s Virginia Key agreement surfacesUltra Music Key Biscayne Resident Backlash

With their 18-year run in Miami’s downtown coming to a sudden end, Ultra Music Festival is in the process of moving its flagship three-day fest to Virginia Key — but it’s not all all palm trees and PLUR for the residents of neighboring Key Biscayne. A draft of the agreement in question has surfaced, and the island is rallying heavily in opposition to the proposed plan.

With the island only reachable via Ultra’s prospective new home, residents held an emergency meeting on November 5 to air concerns ranging from noise, environmental damage, unmanageable traffic, and more. From all accounts, this isn’t just an average neighborhood rabble — citizens have hired a PR firm for the fight ahead, and promise to mobilize and resist the agreement however possible. With the November 15 vote to secure Ultra’s new home fast approaching, the sudden pushback could spell trouble for the fest’s future digs.

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Ultra releases rousing official 20th anniversary recap

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Ultra releases rousing official 20th anniversary recapUltra Recap 1

Nearly six months after celebrating its landmark 20th anniversary, Ultra Miami has unveiled its exultant recap of the historic weekend surely no attendee has forgotten (at least not deliberately). The short picture boasts its seemingly endless stream of EDM hall of famers, including Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Oliver Heldens, and Dash Berlin: a mere fraction of the 2018 roster.

Inundated by glistening bikini bods, a thundering mass of pyrotechnics, and a kaleidoscopic sea of swirling artist emblems, the video may appear hyperbolic, albeit, only to those who have never had the chance to attend. The recap illustrates the round-the-clock celebratory nature of the fest, shifting from day to night with no loss of vigor, mirroring that of the perpetually enthused, perma-smile patrons. Additionally, those Ultra attendees brandish not only a full spectrum of artist memorabilia, but national flags from all ends of the universe, solidifying the festival’s overwhelming scope of attraction. Even Will Smith can be seen taking the sparkling city up on his eternal “Welcome To Miami.”

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.