Ultra Music Festival shares second episode in ’20 Years of Ultra’ documentary series [Watch]

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As Ultra Music Festival looks to its landmark 20th anniversary, the global festival brand has released the second installment in its ‘20 Years Of Ultra’ documentary series.

The second episode explores the dance culture of the early 2000s, the “growing pains and challenges” associated with electronic culture’s then rapid expansion, and Ultra Music Festival’s impact in the context of dance culture, given the festival’s ability to consistently bring electronic and live groups together. Despite other cities’ struggles to legally host large scale electronic events, Miami emerged as a choice destination for electronic activity during 2003 and 2004, years credited as “turning points” for electronic music and festival culture in America. Miami has since maintained the premium it placed on electronic events in the early 2000s, and is accordingly preparing to celebrate the milestone birthday of its electronic cornerstone, Ultra Music Festival, from March 23-25. Those interested in purchasing tickets to Ultra’s 20th anniversary can purchase tickets to the festival, here.

Ultra Europe announces phase one lineup

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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.

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What So Not announces 30+ date ‘Beautiful Things’ world tour

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2018 was projected to be a big year for What So Not with the anticipated arrival of his long-awaited full-length album debut. Now, as the ball gets rolling for the Aussie standout this year, What So Not is officially starting to deliver with the announcement of his upcoming Beautiful Things World Tour, slated to hit a handful of major international festivals as well as more than 30 stops around the globe.

The “Be Okay Again” producer is expected to hit Ultra, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza‘s South American circuit, covering ground from Mumbai to Miami, Brooklyn to Berlin. The tour will include What So Not’s newly launched custom touring rig, featuring a massive chrome horse and chariot setup. The news of the Beautiful Things World Tour comes on the cusp of leaked, unconfirmed details about What So Not’s highly anticipated upcoming LP — rumored to be called Not All The Beautiful Things and said to include contributions from Skrillex, Rome Fortune, Toto, and more. Hopefully by the time What So Not hits the road later this month, we’ll know for sure.

Purchase tickets to the Beautiful Things Tour here.

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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.

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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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Ultra Music Festival sued for allegedly violating the American with Disabilities Act

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Ultra Music Festival is being sued for allegedly violating the American with Disabilities Act.

Juan Carlos Gil, a Paralympic athlete and blind activist has sued UMF because he claims that Ultra’s website and live events are not easily accessible for the visually impaired, or those with other disabilities. However, this is not Gil’s first lawsuit. He has previously sued Winn-Dixie Stores for their website’s inaccessibility for the visually impaired.

The 30-page suit is supposedly a “public motion for greater inclusivity,” rather than an indictment on Ultra.  Ultra has been under legal scrutiny in the past for incidences such as Ultra Music Festival 2014, when security guard Erica Mack was trampled by a gatecrashing mob that rushed the festival’s fences.

Scott R. Dinin, the lawyer assigned to the ADA case, has commented,  

“All we’re asking [Ultra] to do is recognize [that] this is a very diverse population, to make all their offerings available to all people in that population. We think it’ll make it a better Ultra experience and, obviously, a better Miami… I think the biggest misperception of this law is that people don’t understand that it’s been law for 25 years, this same law is a civil rights law.”

Following these accusations, Ultra Music Festival has yet to comment on the suit.

H/T: DJ Mag

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Ultra Music Festival teases upcoming 20th anniversary edition with sentimental trailer

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The anticipation for Ultra Music Festival commences, the international brand revealed a riveting and nostalgic trailer highlighting some of the event’s most iconic moments from its 20 year history.

Featuring a slew of testimonials from legendary producers, such as Kaskade, Carl Cox, and Armin Van Buuren, each shares their own take on how they view playing the festival and why the 20th anniversary will be looked upon as one of the landmark events in dance music. Ultra shared the video with the following statement on Facebook asking fans to submit their own individual memories,

Ultranauts,

Throughout the years, we’ve made countless memories together.

From unique performances, to special guests, to memorable audiovisual experiences… it’s been quite a journey over the past 2 decades!

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we’ll be asking YOU to travel down memory lane with us as we highlight some of the most significant snippets of Ultra history over the coming weeks. We want to create the Ultra timeline together with you so we’re looking to all of you for your help— your photos, videos, and memories are crucial parts of our story together, and we’ll be asking you to submit them for eternal placement in the Ultra history books. We’ll even be gifting some special surprises to those whose memories are selected.

Stay connected!

#20YearsOfUltra coming soon..

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Tep No – Toluca Lake

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In a rapidly stagnating and increasingly shallow EDM industry, Canadian producer Tep No is a breath of fresh air. The Ultra Music signee has carved out a niche for himself with his intriguing style of electronic music — one that combines his own vocals with live instruments, to create a truly unique sound. This refreshing take on electronic music hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the producer has been featured on Spotify’s Viral Chart in seven countries.

The multi-talented producer’s latest single, “Toluca Lake,” is a laid-back and intimate single that showcases just what Tep No is all about. The soft-spoken track features Tep No’s sultry vocals, over a subtle yet catchy melody lead by an acoustic guitar, giving the track a relaxing yet delicate feel.

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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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MK fosters a gleeful air of nostalgia with new record, ’17’

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Yet another summer is coming to a close, and the electronic music world is beginning to slow down as fall and winter inch closer. Luckily, however, MK’s newest release titled “17” has arrived just in time to treat the ears to a round of pleasant, sunny house that is geared toward combating the end-of-season blues.

The house maven immediately douses listeners with nostalgic influence, invoking feelings of a party in the 1990s with his classic piano stabs that are lined with subtle string notes. That said, “17’s” coup de gras comes in the form of contemporary, yet carefree vocals that sing an ode to easier times and youthful romance.

MK has exercised almost super-human balancing skills over the past few months. Not only has he found the studio time to put together “17” and other compositions, but he’s also been on a non-stop touring streak that has seen him at major global festivals throughout the season and in clubs as well. He remains on this streak, having just announced an adjoining tour to “17” across the US.

 

 

“17” Tour Stops – tickets here:
10/26 Santa Barbara, CA EOS Lounge
10/27 San Francisco, CA Audio
10/28 Los Angeles, CA Minimal Effort
11/02 Brooklyn, NY Output
11/03 Boston, MA Bijou
11/04 Toronto, ON Noir
11/11 Washington, D.C. U Street Music Hall
11/16 Austin, TX Kingdom
11/17 Miami, FL Trade
11/18 Dallas, TX It’ll Do
11/24 San Diego, CA SPIN
11/25 Denver, CO Vinyl
12/01 Philadelphia, PA Rumor
12/02 Detroit, MI Magic Stick

 

 

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