Miami Pushes Back The Vote On The Fate Of Ultra Music Festival’s Iconic Venue

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It was announced about a month ago that there were some potentially large changes for Ultra Music Festival. Each year local Miami residents complain about the festival. It closes down a massive public park, the city gets trashed, and emergency services are largely tied up for many days. For these reasons as well as some

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Ultra Music Festival Announces Wristbands For 2019

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Ultra Music Festival is obviously one of the most celebrated dance music festivals in the entire world. Not many people can bring up obvious criticisms of the festival. Well except for the fact that Ultra still uses plastic tickets. These tickets are easily lost, stolen and come with several issues. It was an archaic ticketing

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Ultra Music Festival Needs To Pay $2 Million To Stay In Bayfront Park

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Ultra Music Festival has grown into its prime location at Bayfront Park by throwing one of the year’s most anticipated music festivals every year. According to a new report, Ultra Music Festival’s organizers will have pay a $2 million flat rate to the agency that oversees the Bayfront Park grounds. Despite downtown residents complaining about

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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.

Photo Credit: aLIVE Coverage

H/T: Miami Herald

Dim Mak Miami 2018 Recap Video Goes Live

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Steve Aoki has proven to be a cornerstone in the EDM community. Since its inception in 1996, Dim Mak has been one of the strongest, most well-known labels in the industry. Paving the way for the industry that we know and love today, Dim Mak has deep roots in providing the dopest sounds on the

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Report: The most commonly used drugs at music festivals

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Over the years, drug and alcohol’s relationship with electronic dance music has heightened its foothold in worldwide festival culture. Music festivals themselves undeniably afford a collective culture of intoxication — a palpable permeation of substance use and abuse that one can sniff out regardless of whether they choose to partake or not. Considering substance abuse’s assimilation, one may find themselves wondering just how deeply drugs and alcohol are intertwined with the modern festival landscape. Is substance abuse worse than it seems, and how is the industry taking responsibility for its needed conversations about these substances and their abuse?

In an effort to gain a better understanding of the how the industry is working through its deeply embedded substance use and abuse, it’s helpful to first try and understand the roles different substances play at festivals. To do so, TickPick — an ever-growing ticketing marketplace — surveyed 1,000 attendees of well-known music festivals about their own intoxicating experiences. Their participants ranged in age from 18 to 74, with a mean of 32.4. In the end, their results revealed not only the common types of drugs at festivals and which events are associated with which substances, but a general synopsis as to what the landscape of American consumption looks like in 2018 and beyond.

Overall substance use at festivals

More than three-quarters of participants reported consuming alcohol while attending a festival, which is roughly double the percentage of participants who had consumed any other substance and almost more than twice the rate of those who consumed marijuana.

Though more than a third of respondents reported smoking marijuana at a festival, a smaller, yet still significant portion of people reported using harder drugs. Thirteen percent of respondents reported using MDMA in some form, with hallucinogens’ use clocking just below at roughly eight percent apiece.

Substances use per ticket type

There remains some debate about the optimal festival experience: dance it up with the raucous crowd, or keep things refined with VIP privileges? Whichever route one takes, TickPick’s data suggests a slightly boozier vibe outside the VIP area. Generally, it suggests that a larger portion of general admission attendees consume alcohol, which may come to a surprise to those in VIP, with the complimentary alcohol some of the VIP experiences entail.

On the other side of the spectrum, the data found that VIP attendees generally were more likely to do a range of drugs than those in general admission. Between marijuana, MDMA, cocaine, and hallucinogens, VIP pass-holders were substantially more willing to indulge than the average festival-goer. A possible explanation for this trend is financial limitations. As VIP experiences can cost upwards of thousands of dollars, one can imagine these individuals can succumb to the use of any substance at their disposal.

Greatest substance prevalence per festival

Though alcohol was the leading substance at all festivals, TickPick’s data brings about some interesting findings on other substances. One might expect Coachella would have the highest rate of marijuana-smoking in the cannabis-friendly state of California, but the data aligns quite well with the bans of the substance on the grounds, despite the state’s recent legalization of weed for recreational use. EDC and Ultra each had high rates of MDMA and cocaine consumption, and ultimately, Burning Man had some of the highest rates of overall drug use around. Perhaps this significant rate of consumption can be pinned on the festival’s “gift economy,” where food, supplies, and even drugs are shared openly as a means of “payment.”

Top festivals for each substance

Ultimately, the final data lends itself to some idea of each respective festival’s consumption demographic. SXSW, for instance, led in rates of alcohol consumption. While cocaine use was the highest amongst Ultra attendees, a finding that may result from a mix of EDM culture and the festival’s deep historical roots for the drug and a recent resurgence in Miami’s cocaine trafficking.

While geographical differences may explain some findings, it is a bit difficult to understand why Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival led others in DMT use, as just one example. EDC was another consumption leader across the different categories, also ranking in the top three for a number of substances. This point ties into the festival’s battle with health and safety concerns with drug use in the past, including more than 1,000 attendees needing medical treatment in 2017. Though there are issues and ambiguity within the self-reported data like TickPick used for this study— including,  but not limited to, selective memory, telescoping, attribution, and exaggeration — these results do shine a light on the landscape of American substance use, nonetheless. Here’s to hoping some of these findings diminish the blind eye to EDM’s drug abuse, increases awareness, and implements further safety precautions down the line.

Via: TickPick 
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Ultra Angels: Here’s What It Takes To Be One Of Ultra Music Festival’s Dancers

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become one of the Ultra Angels? Ultra Music Festival’s Angels are the face of Ultra. Being at the forefront of the stage, Brittany Marsicek or BMARSZ, shares what it takes to become one of these select few ladies. Along with being the face of Ultra, the Ultra

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Ultra Korea 2018 Lineup: See Phase 1 Of This Year’s Roster

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Following Ultra Music Festival Miami 2018, all eyes are on the Road to Ultra as everyone is wondering whether or not Swedish House Mafia will be making an appearance on the Ultra Korea 2018 lineup. Tickets for Ultra Korea 2018 are currently on sale, and so far the lineup looks strong. Be sure to check

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Ultra 2018 Smashes Records With Over 60 Millions Live-streams and Over 150,000 Attendees

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Ultra Music Festival celebrated it’s 20th-anniversary last weekend, and to call the event a success is a serious understatement. Ultra Miami is by far one of the largest electronic music in the world, but now the brand caters to a global audience through its various festivals and unbelievable live streams. In 2018 the festival smashed

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Ultra 2018 Smashes Records With Over 60 Millions Live-streams and Over 150,000 Attendees

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Ultra Music Festival celebrated it’s 20th-anniversary last weekend, and to call the event a success is a serious understatement. Ultra Miami is by far one of the largest electronic music in the world, but now the brand caters to a global audience through its various festivals and unbelievable live streams. In 2018 the festival smashed

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