Ultra Music Festival has just released the detailed lineup for their mini-festival (within the festival) Resistance Island. Resistance is Ultra’s brand which caters to the more underground genres of techno and tech-house. While the Resistance stage was hosting in the megastructure during the festival’s run in Bayfront Park, the new grounds provide new opportunities. With
As many of you know, this year’s Ultra is expected to be different compared to any other. After it’s recent destination change from Bayfront Park to Virginia Key, the festival has assured attendees that they will be making a few changes this year. Recently, Ultra unveiled one of these changes. The famous music festival will
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Many wondered where Ultra Music Festival would house itself in following its boot from its famed longtime home Bayfront Park. Though their transition to holding the event on the Miami-adjacent island of Virginia Key was rapid, this jump has not been without issues. Specifically, the move has ruffled the feathers of Rapture Electronic Music Festival, who have hosted their two day event at the historic island since 2017.
A house and techno-centric event, Rapture has now issued a cease and desist warning to Ultra Music Festival, demanding that Ultra stop applying for permits to use the island for their festival. Both festivals are set to occur on the same weekend, and Rapture notes that they had an agreement with the city to host the event on Virginia Key for three more years. Ultra, however, are going ahead with their organizing of the festival, as they need to have full plans showing that minimal environmental impact will come from moving the festival to the new, harder-to-reach location.
Though no solution or agreement has been reached as of yet, Rapture may have some help from local supporters. Scientists from the University of Miami note that the bass from Ultra’s massive soundsystems could disturb fish in the Virginia Key facility, while other activists suggest that precautions be taken to protect the local birds, manatees, and wetlands. With a mountain of red tape on Ultra’s path to Virginia Key, and a legal battle with an entertainment giant coming forth for Rapture, it is uncertain which festival will wind up with the coveted location.
H/T: Miami Herald
2019 is the year of Swedish House Mafia‘s return after a five-year hiatus. The trio has continuously made music industry headlines since announcing nine shows in the upcoming year after their momentous reunion at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Sebastian Ingrosso and Steve Angello have announced residencies with Wynn Nightlife, and longtime manager Amy Thomson announced her departure as Swedish House Mafia’s manager with a touching post.
It has now been revealed that Ron Lafitte of Patriot Management will be taking Thomson’s reins in working with the trio moving forward. Lafitte started his career working in heavy metal with the likes of Metallica and Megadeth. He now oversees everyone from Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, to the Backstreet Boys. The dance titans have not announced a label deal as of yet, but it has all but been confirmed that they are working on new music.
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Thanks for all the messages I got hit with about this. But I guess now is the time to say that in May this year I told the boys I would be leaving at the end of summer 2018. In this industry people expect you to stay in projects that make you powerful. Ego. Pride. Power. Money. All of that. But for me I have learned that life changes you and what you want to do with that gift is a gift in itself. It was a big decision after 14 years but one I made for myself. I wish them so much joy and happiness and success and I will be watching proudly but the era of me with the boys is at an end. And what an era it was. We changed the game so many times through everything from brave hearts to sheer blindness. What a ride. But for me life’s changed now. The future belongs to a new set of people around them and I wish them luck with all my heart. And I suppose telling people in this way is not very CEO of me. But that’s not who I am. My passion got me here not a boardroom. Thank you to everyone who helped us. Who put up with us. The fans who stayed with us. We made history. But most of all to my daughter who shared me with this crazy ride without ever complaining. We Came. We Raved. I Loved it. Thank you so much. Amy x
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W&W confirmed what most have likely suspected for months: Swedish House Mafia (SHM) are sitting on a store of unreleased music. These unheard productions, however, won’t remain locked away for long, according to the Dutch duo. “We actually talked to Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso about the Swedish House Mafia reunion,” W&W constituent, William van Hanegem stated on the last installment of W&W’s radio show, “Rave Culture.” “They said they’ve got lots of new music coming,” van Hanegem added.
Swedish House Mafia fans will presumably exhale an impassioned “finally” upon hearing van Hanegem’s affirmation that fresh SHM material is not only in the works, but on the way. The trio have long kept listeners on the edges of their seats, taunting those who’ve kept up with the group’s activity with singular tour date announcements, revealed city by individual city. That new Swedish House Mafia music hovers on the horizon indicates that the dance Goliaths are one step closer to the full-fledged reinstatement that fans have lusted over since the group’s landmark reunion at Ultra Music Festival 2018.
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If 2018 has proven anything, it’s that Martin Garrix cannot be stopped. The producer has continued his stream of chart topping crossover releases — he put out a 5-track club ready progressive EP, and he teamed up with unexpected subway singer Mike Yung for a gospel-inspired “Dreamer,” proving that the young beatmaker isn’t letting celebrity get in the way of creativity, in terms of breaking the EDM mold.
While Garrix himself has seen considerable success in 2018, his label STMPD RCRDS has gone from just finding its footing to a blooming powerhouse of a label in just a little more than a year. After hosting stages at Tomorrowland, Balaton Sound, and having a label night during Amsterdam Dance Event, in 2019 STMPD RCRDS will be hosting a stage at Ultra Music Festival for the first time. The STMPD RCRDS Stage will feature label frequenters Matisse & Sadko, TV Noise, Lost Frequencies, Junior Sanchez, Brooks, and of course, Garrix himself. Hosting a stage at Ultra will continue to build on the label’s continued success, and this showcases that STMPD is a force to be reckoned with after hosting a stage at one of the most prestigious festivals in the world.
Martin Garrix put up a year for the books in 2018, and with a full stage secured at Ultra next year, it looks like he’ll be continuing his hot streak into 2019.
Ultra Music Festival is going to be hard pressed to top last year’s Miami edition, but with the delivery of 2019’s first phase lineup it looks like the festival is aiming to do just that. This year’s event of course included Swedish House Mafia‘s not-so-secret headlining reunion and it was the last edition to be held at the festival’s longtime home at Bayfront Park. Now, with the move to Virginia Key, Ultra is pulling out all the stops, starting with a top-notch lineup that’s teeming with talent.
The first headliners announced include Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Tiësto, ZEDD, and Marshmello among others, and live sets are expected from deadmau5, who will be officially debuting the Cube 3.0 ODESZA, Louis the Child, and more. The first phase lineup includes a massive supporting cast as well, from Whethan to Jai Wolf, Kayzo to Phantoms with droves of acts in between. Shasha and John Digweed will share the stage, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, and Carl Cox are slated to bring the underground flavor, and deadmau5 will pull double duty as Testpilot at Virginia Key Beach & Miami Marine Stadium over the weekend of March 29 – 31. See Ultra’s full phase one lineup below.
Presenting the Phase 1 Lineup for the 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival!
This year, get ready for a BRAND NEW immersive experience at #Ultra2019 featuring extended sets, later hours, expanded festival grounds and top-tiered DJs & live performances!! pic.twitter.com/lqtEn96wu1
— Ultra Music Festival (@ultra) December 20, 2018
Tickets to Ultra Music Festival 2019 are available here.
It is nearly 2019, and you know what that means! Ultra 2019 is only a few months away. It seems like just yesterday I was watching Swedish House Mafia reunite under the Miami skies. Well after a tumultuous offseason for the world’s premier dance music event, Ultra 2019 is scheduled at its new location of
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Through a series of difficult events and some excellent lobbying – Ultra Music Festival is officially returning to Miami this coming March. That being said, the festival will not return to its recognizable home of Bay Front Park. Instead, the festival will take place at the Miami Marine Stadium on the historic Virginia Key. The
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While Ultra Music Festivals all across the globe had stellar editions all year long, they were missing one notable headliner, the world’s #1 DJ – Martin Garrix. Why Garrix didn’t play any Ultra events in 2018 is up for debate. Many believe it came from frustration around his 2017 Miami set which was pushed back
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