Miami city commissioner to Ultra Music Festival: pay $2M annual fee to city to renew Bayfront Park contract, or relocate

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Ultra Music Festival organizers will face a steep price tag if they wish to keep Miami’s veteran music event in its longtime location of Bayfront Park in the years to come.

The Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA) circulated a petition in July 2017 that called on Miami’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to return access to Bayfront Park — DNA residents’ “neighborhood park” — to downtown Miami locals. “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 document read. The petition surpassed 1,100 signatures when it reached the hands of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo.

Now, the feud between downtown Miami dwellers and large scale Bayfront Park hosted music events like Ultra Music Festival will come to a head as Carollo presents UMF orchestrators with a financially oriented ultimatum: pay $2 million annual payments to the agency that oversees Bayfront Park, or take Ultra elsewhere.

UMF organizers’ previous contract permitted the festival to occupy Bayfront for a five-year period. In exchange, Ultra Music Festival paid the city of Miami a sum comprised of a usage fee and a ticket surcharge that was then tacked onto the cost of each individual UMF admission cost. The city collected an average of about $663,000 from UMF over the five-year stretch, notably enjoying an elevated profit of $742,000 in 2018. Given that Ultra’s contract expired in 2018, festival organizers will need to make swift and strategic moves if they plan to keep Bayfront Park as Ultra’s home location.

While Miami residents like Rev. Pedro Martinez continue to call upon city officials like Carollo to ‘stop the prostitution of the park to multiple events,’ Ultra lobbyist Ray Martinez reiterates the global value inherent in the festival that, in many ways, put Miami on the musical map. ‘Let’s look at the positives,’ Ray Martinez said, ‘We talk about Miami wanting to be a world-class city. Ultra is a world-class event. It is the Art Basel of electronic music.’

Rolling Loud is also expected to face steep fees if it seeks to return to the park in future years of festival production. Neither Ultra nor Rolling Loud have commented on the recent contract related complications.

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H/T: Miami Herald

Miami Returns Back To Normal As Ultra Music Festival Breakdown Is Complete

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Many attendees are just coming out of their post-Ultra haze as we are now a week from the closing sets. Miami is also returning to normal and the onsite photos are putting many people in their feels. Ultra takes place at Bayfront Park and for the safety of the crowd, the straight running parallel to

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Relive Miami Music Week’s unparalleled 2018 Get Lost Party – photography by Khris Cowley

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Ultra Continues To Age Beautifully As 20th Anniversary Shines Bright: Review

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Not many electronic events have been around for as long as Ultra Music Festival. Continuing any event for 20 years is a true achievement and to see how Ultra has grown into the international monster it has become today only further demonstrates just how brilliant the festival has been over the years. The 20th anniversary

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Miami Music Week in a nutshell: capturing the ridiculousness beneath the glamour

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Miami Music Week — the largest dance music industry event in America, and the world. In addition to the Winter Music Conference, which takes place that week, a plethora of outside club events dominate the city that culminate into Ultra Music Festival at its end. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, making for an even more energized atmosphere surrounding it.

Its enormous popularity among fans, industry professionals, and artists alike translates to an enormous invasion of the city, and thus an even crazier unfolding of developments. Surge prices for ride share services and taxis are near-unfathomable, drink prices are egregious, and ATM fees are shockingly high. Meanwhile, utter debauchery and chaos mean tense interactions between bouncers and patrons, wedding rings falling off celebrity’s hands, and of course, instances that in the past have included women talking to trees.

We compiled an array of images that captures moments like these, that show a deeper look beneath the glamour of Miami Music Week and Ultra Music Festival.

1. We hope you withdrew cash ahead of time….

Jackmaster discovered ATM fees at the small club Treehouse were set at $36. The fee was so high that he had to document it through Instagram, appropriately quipping, “Some cunt is having a laugh.” Note to self: withdraw copious amounts of cash prior to going out for the night, or else…

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2. Same goes for buying alcohol

Either the drink needs to have at least 4 shots, or it’s best to get toasted enough to last the whole event.

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3. A test in supply & demand

Not planning on drinking? You’ll at least need water to remain safely hydrated in the warm outdoor weather. Humane ideologies be damned — vendors throughout the week are putting necessity and capitalism to the test by charging upwards of $15 for a bottle of water at each event. Perhaps the hot new liquid to hide in a flask is H2O.

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4. Not today, lawsuits!

This venue wasn’t playing around when it came to hosting an Axtone pool party. The question is, what can you bring?

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5. That awkward moment when…

You lose your 20-carat engagement ring while partying too hard to Above & Beyond

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6. When the alcohol hits early

Pacing is the key to day-drinking, young Padawan.

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7. On the other hand, 3 snaps for this brave raver

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8. One thing to save money on: food

Plus side: food poisoning is potentially the new leading cause of seeking medical assistance at the music festival? Put that in your pipe and smoke it, media.

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9. An accurate depiction of Ultra attendees from an Uber driver’s point of view:

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10. And finally….the Great SHM Lighting Conspiracy of 2018

Why the odd camera angles? Error? Technical difficulty? Was it all fake after all? Who knows…

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The Most Played Tracks at Ultra 2018 Have Been Revealed

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One thing that I took away from watching the Ultra live stream this year was that the sets were extremely diverse. In years past, we have seen heavy bass influence in the festival and that theme remained constant. However, the feeling this year was that there was a much wider range of genre crossing within

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Marshmello brings out Will Smith for live performance of ‘Miami’ at Ultra Music Festival [Watch]

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Marshmello’s Main Stage set at Ultra Music Festival exemplified the festival’s forewarning to “expect the unexpected.”

Marshmello crowded the Main Stage with a series of surprise special guests, including fellow Ultra 20 performers Slushii and G-Eazy, as well as Yo Gotti, Southside, Lil Uzi Vert, and the inimitable Will Smith, for a live performance of Smith’s 1997 hit single, “Miami.”

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Ultra Music Festival Day 2: Full Sets (Listen/Watch)

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Day 2 of the 20th installment of Ultra Music Festival is over, and the EDM world is buzzing about some of Saturdays set. Thankfully if you didn’t get to watch the full coverage of the stream yesterday, we got you covered here with a TON of FULL sets that we’ve already found across the web.

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Special Guests Galore Pop In For Marshmello’s Ultra 2018 Set

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Throughout the day of Ultra Day 2, the live stream host Andrea Helfrich teased some big surprises and special guests. When Marshmello hit the stage, he wasted no time bringing out his friend Slushii for one of their collabs. In the spirit of being in Miami, Marshmello dropped “Miami”, and brought out the one and

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Miami Helicopter Seen Shining Spotlight On Building Near Ultra Music Festival Last Night

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According to multiple sources that attended Ultra Music Festival last night, a Miami police helicopter responded to an anonymous tip last night in Miami, Florida. As police have stated multiple times this year, security is on high alert following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that happened at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. Apparently, the

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