Recently, there has been much concern as to where Ultra Music Festival will be relocating its home festival. After it’s 2019 edition at Virginia Key, Miami officials agreed that the festival would not be returning to its recently new location due to many complications that occurred during this year’s event. Afterwards, Ultra then chose to
In the months following Ultra‘s logistically discombobulated 21st installment, there’s been a wealth of uncertainty surrounding the maven dance music destination’s future. Amid a slew of backlash pertaining to Ultra’s reverberative effects on its surroundings, including local researchers’ discovering droves of distressed fish directly impacted by the festival’s decibel level, Ultra abandoned its one-off Virginia Key location amid a likely imminent ousting from the key’s advisory board. Soon after, Ultra organizers gave an official statement indicating a permanent new home in South Florida. A city manager for the Homestead-Miami Speedway (south of Miami) told The Miami Herald about unofficial exchanges between the two entities.
Though Homestead seems like a viable option (considering EDC Vegas & HARD Summer established permanent and successful homes at their respective speedways), Local 10News reports that now, a Miami Beach commissioner wants to move the festivities to Lummus Park in South Beach come 2020. An official discussion to address the move is set for May 22.
City Commissioner Ricky Arriola commented on Ultra’s prospective relocation:
“An adequate public safety, transportation and noice mitigation plan [will] be provided…Inviting an established, well-organized event like Ultra for spring break 2020 will put heads in beds and serves as the counter-programming mechanism against the unorganized chaos that was spring break 2019 on Miami Beach.”
On May 8, Ultra announced their decision to voluntarily leave Miami, ahead of a May 9 vote that would have likely kicked the festival out of its second home in two years. Ultra’s statement included a primer on a new permanent host venue to be announced soon, though the cat might be out of the bag now.
Sources close to the situation believe Ultra’s new home will be about an hour south of Miami, in Homestead, likely at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Miami Herald, which described May 8 as “the day electronic dance music died in Miami,” spoke with Homestead City Manager George Gretsas who confirmed that he and the Homestead City Council are aware of the talks between the festival and the NASCAR venue. At this point, the deal seems imminent, though nothing has been confirmed as final yet.
Currently though, its hard who will come out on top of all of this. Ultra lost its home at Bayfront Park and as a result, was forced into a new venue at Virginia Key Beach, which proved to be a logistic disaster this year. But after two tumultuous blows, the festival has seemingly gotten its just desserts, beating the City of Miami to the punch with its voluntary withdrawal and undoubtedly taking millions away from the city’s bottom line. But with EDC Las Vegas and HARD Summer both being previously forced out of major metropolitan venues in Los Angeles, the speedway venues they’ve both adopted have proven to work in those events’ favor, so maybe the Homestead-Miami Speedway will be Ultra’s saving grace in 2020. We’ll have to wait and see.
Ultra Music Festival is officially leaving Miami. The festival and Miami City Council were expected to have a meeting tomorrow about the coming years. But, Ultra has “voluntarily terminated” their license before the meeting happened. Leading up to this years event, there was quite the debate from the Miami City Council against Ultra about where
This year’s Ultra Music Festival was filled with unexpected thrills, experiences, and surprises. As many of you may know, this year’s event was unlike any other; with its new location, Virginia Key, and new transportation methods, such as shuttles and ferry transport, we weren’t sure how everything was going to be like. Luckily, EDM Sauce
It’s almost April 14 and for Game of Thrones fans, eyes have anxiously been fixated on that date as it marks the premiere of the final season of the hit HBO series. Surrounding this hype is a vast array of promo, of which includes a recent re-creation of the show’s iconic theme song in conjunction with Mountain Dew’s new Thrones-centric ad campaign.
The theme song “remix” consists of one lyric—”Dew,” eventually making way for Migos to hop in for some bars delivered from atop the iron throne. The “Dew” singers include NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, EDM power-duo The Chainsmokers, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt jr, and more.
The Chainsmokers are clearly huge GOT fans themselves, paying tribute to the series during their Ultra Music Festival 2019 set (see the pair holding swords and playing an electronic cover of its theme at 1:11:30).
Other than transportation issues on the first day of the festival, Ultra Music Festival had a seemingly successful debut at its new Miami Location in Virginia Key. The festival reported that they saw over 170,000 attendees at the festival this year, up 5,000 attendees from 2018. Despite doors being closed less than 72 hours ago, Ultra has already announced its 2020 dates, although they have yet to confirm the location. With that, next year’s iteration of Ultra is set to take place on March 27, 28, and 29, 2020.
Former Miami Police Chief and now Head of Security for the music festival, Ray Martinez commented on the festival’s intention to return to its Virginia Key location next year.
“It was a great event in a beautiful location, and we look forward to being here next year and producing — and even improving on — our event and our festival,” Martinez said.
Ultra’s marketing and new media manager posted on Twitter following the festival, where he pointed out that details surrounding the Virginia Key location were pulled together by the festival organizers with just four months of planning time. With a year to plan, 2020 could be Ultra’s biggest year yet.
Ultra Music Festival 2019 has come to an end, and with that, endless IDs have surfaced, giving the electronic music community plenty to anticipate in the months to come. The Chainsmokers were among the artists to debut new music after an unexpected announcement that the duo linked up with none other than Illenium for a forthcoming track in the middle of their set.
The new release was debuted at the 42-minute mark of The Chainsmokers’ Ultra set, and it’s a recognizable blend of the artists’ styles. The vocals are undeniably catchy, as one would expect in a Chainsmokers’ track, but Illenium’s signature echoed layering of the vocals transports the listener to another realm. The Chainsmokers’ Drew Taggart also sings on the song, which falls into a chilling future bass drop.
Alex Pall and Taggart noted that this is the first time they’ve ever debuted a track at Ultra Music Festival. They did not announce when fans can expect the track to be released, but given they recently announced another full-length album in 2019, it would not be surprising if the track is set to be featured on the compilation in the year to come.
Martin Garrix’s return to Ultra Music Festival this past weekend was a long time coming. After missing the flagship event last year, Garrix returned like Napoleon from Elba to tear down the Ultra Music Festival Mainstage. Martin wasted absolutely no time jumping into the mix as the crowd was met with an onslaught of absolute
In recent years, Zedd has demonstrated he has his finger on the pulse of both dance and popular music. After wracking up Grammy nominations, chart-topping hits, and so much more, it is still a ton of fun to see Zedd really let things rip in an entirely EDM friendly environment. Zedd’s Ultra 2019 Main Stage