Ultra Music Festival‘s second day of production was nothing short of explosive. Martin Garrix fans found an unexpected new Garrix single on major streaming platforms everywhere just minutes after Garrix took Ultra’s main stage. Sound familiar? It should have, for that single was none other than Matisse & Sadko and Alex Aris’ collaboration, “Mistaken,” which comprised the opening of Garrix’s Ultra set. Garrix’s swift progression from the live debut of an unreleased ID, to the formal release thereof, however, was but one of the many noteworthy electronic developments of Ultra’s second day.
From deadmau5‘s presentation of the cutting-edge technology that is Cube 3.0 for the very first time during his main stage closing set, to Zedd’s gritty remix of Swedish House Mafia‘s “Save to World,” not to mention Illenium‘s Ultra debut, day two of the Miami flagship kept live streamers and attendees alike engaged in their uncertainty of just what would happen next. Relive the festival’s momentous sequel to day one with sets from Zedd, Armin van Buuren, Illenium, NGHTMRE & Slander (Gud Vibrations), Tchami, deadmau5, and Martin Garrix.
Ultra Music Festival has grown to be one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, making the city of Miami a temporary home for the thousands of individuals that come flocking into the city. After the first day of the festival at their brand new location on the Virginia Key, festival-goers weren’t the only ones that had a lot to say about their experience thus far. Upon the festival’s main stage was KFC’s mascot, Colonel Sanders, who held a five-minute slot amidst the afternoon. Though the festival was characterized by a number of memorable artist sets, the promotional tactic was criticized by a number of artists, including Louis The Child and Alison Wonderland.
Speaking on the issue, the artists note that Ultra holds one of the most impactful platforms in the electronic music scene, and their stages should support hardworking, talented artists that work for the opportunity to perform at these events. Between the chaotic transportation issues at the end of night one that left thousands of attendees to make the hour long trek to the mainland, it looks like Ultra is just getting started.
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Ultra Miami has always been a special event for Martin Garrix. The crossover wunderkind’s gigs at the mega-festival involve unveiling multiple new IDs and more, making for a memorable affair each time. After having to miss the 2018 iteration, he ensured his return to the main stage would be particularly special.
Garrix fans received a gift in the form of a brand new release minutes after his Ultra 2019 set began. His opening piece, an Matisse & Sadko and Alex Aris collaboration called “Mistaken,” landed on digital shelves with two different versions. The original, which harkens back to commercial house sounds of the early 2010s, is a slice of vocal euphoria that served as an effective opener for Garrix’ momentous returning set. Its accompanying club version errs a bit more toward the gritty side, but is equally nostalgia-influenced. Of his performance, the producer tweeted out his praise: “tonight was very special.”
Thank you Ultra.. I missed you guys a lot Tonight was very special
Ultra Music Festival is well underway, marking the 2019 edition as a historical one with their move to the Virginia Key island. With numerous highly anticipated performances still yet to come, deadmau5 will take the stage to debut the latest of his large scale production endeavours with the Cube 3.0. After the recent announcement of his upcoming fall North American tour, the Canadian producer will unveil his stage set up, in all its grandiose at the Ultra Live Arena on Saturday, March 30.
To see the Cube 3.0 in action, tune into the Ultra livestream now.
From main stage marvels like Alesso and Tiësto, to collaborative heavy-hitters like Dog Blood, Ultra‘s opening day of production attracted choice electronic acts to the Miami flagship’s newfound home of Virginia Key. For dance music diversion, look no further than Dancing Astronaut’s live set roundup from day one of Ultra Music Festival.
Set highlights include Dog Blood playing out their latest single, “Turn Off The Lights,” and Alesso exerting the main stage strength of cuts from his recently released EP, Progresso Volume 1. Nora En Pure, Nicky Romero, and Fedde le Grand each follow suit, lighting up Virginia Key and streamers’ speakers with their masterful mixing techniques and energetic stage presences. A thunderous day two of Ultra Music Festival festivities awaits, with Zedd, Tchami, Martin Garrix, 3LAU, and more scheduled to appear.
The first day of Ultra Music Festival had some obstacles to overcome its first day on the Virginia Key. After the festival was booted from their original location within Miami’s Brickell District, its controversial move to its new island home has received mixed reactions, with many concerned about the after-effects of the festival’s presence. With thousands of festival goers attempting to leave the island at the end of the night, attendees have taken to social media to blast the festival for the disorganization in leaving the venue.
Ultra had organized shuttle busses to transport attendees to and from the venue, however the island offers a singular route available to pedestrian traffic. Reports of an accident along the shuttle route has halted traffic upon the bridge, leaving attendees forced to walk over a mile to get to the mainland.
The festival has already come under hot water by local residents, fearing the colossal violations of noise by-laws and environmental degradation over time. Reported to be an approximate hour walk from the festival grounds to the mainland, attendees should be prepared ahead of time for the remaining festival dates.
During day 1 of Ultra Music Festival, people were confused and a little annoyed by the between-set DJ represented by Colonel Sanders. Despite headlining the event, Marshmello called out Ultra for not allowing a hard-working DJ to take this spot. Even Louis The Child has called out Ultra Music Festival for their corporate ad. Louis
When Ultra Music Festival was forced out of the popular Bayfront Park in Miami, Beach location, the festival’s organizers scrambled for a new location. After plenty of research, Ultra Music Festival landed on Virginia Beach only to find out another festival would be taking place the same weekend as well as the popular bike ride,
Ultra Music Festival‘s (UMF) flagship Miami edition will entail a learning curve of a production capacity, as the festival looks ahead to its first iteration at its new home of Virginia Key. Transportation to and from Virginia Key will likely comprise the crux of this learning curve. As in past years of UMF Miami operation, Ultra and Miami officials alike expect more than 60,000 people to attend the festival, but unlike previous UMF installments, ticket holders who opt to travel by car will only be able to access the grounds via the Rickenbacker Causeway. The lack of alternate routes renders traffic and congestion primary concerns for Ultra and Miami government personnel.
Although Ultra organizers have yet to finalize a transportation plan, a ban on rideshare services like Uber and Lyft is an option that Ultra coordinators are currently considering. The festival’s prohibition of rideshare services would prevent attendees from departing from Virginia Key all at once, thereby preventing gridlock.
“We have no idea whether it’s going to be one person using a rideshare company or 500,” Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press said.
UMF will utilize more than 200 buses to transport ticket holders to and from Virginia Key. Attendees will have the ability to board the buses at three different locations: the American Airlines Arena, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the former site of the Old Miami Herald. Ultra will additionally oversee the 24-hour service of Miami-Dade County’s Metrorail. Ultra-goers will also have the ability to take ferries to and from festival grounds.
The festival has already preemptively denied mass parking, to discourage travel by car.
“For the convenience and safety of our patrons, and to reduce the local impact of carbon emissions and traffic, there will be no general admission parking available to patrons,” Ultra spokesman and security chief Ray Martinez said.
Ultra staff will expectedly issue their decision regarding rideshare service access to and from Virginia Key soon.
Miami Music Week marks the inaugural start to festival season, initiating a week’s worth of festivities with the largest bookings in the electronic music industry. The multitude of pool parties and warehouse events are aplenty, yet one party series returns to Miami for their most grandiose edition yet. Celebrating their 10th anniversary with a double helping of musical extravagance, No Sugar Added has announced their day-into-night pool party and warehouse event takeover, hitting the streets of Miami on March 30.
The first half of the series’ festivities is scored to take place at the Sagamore Hotel, a luxurious centerpiece to the city’s Art Deco district. With the venue capacity limited to an intimate crowd of 800 people, the day party promises hours of poolside tunes in the Miami heat. As the evening rolls around, No Sugar Added gears up for their second event at RC Cola Plant, shutting down the city for the most sought-after MMW event.
The 2019 lineup has yet to be released, however last year’s edition featured the likes of Don Diablo, Dada Life and Sam Feldt, amidst a handful of chart-topping artists.
Tickets for the 10th anniversary parties available here.