ULTRA MUSIC EXPANDS NORDIC OPERATIONS

MICHEL PETRE APPOINTED MANAGING DIRECTOR
FOR ULTRA’S SCANDINAVIAN OPERATIONS
Major independent label Ultra Records bolsters its operations in Scandinavia with the appointment of music industry veteran Michel Petré as the helm. Petré started his music career 44 years ago in one of Stockholm’s first import record stores. He has a long-standing career of gold and multiplatinum awarded hits and artists throughout this career. Petré has started record shops and record labels, held senior positions at Edel Music, Ministry of Sound and for the past 13 years at his co-owned Family Tree Music that recently was acquired by Sony MusicPetréwill be strengthening artist signings and finding new exciting talent from the Nordics as well as hits from abroad.
“I’m thrilled and excited to start a new chapter in my career,” says Michel Petré. “To be working for one of the best music labels such as Ultra is an honor. I’ve known Patrick Moxey for well over 20 years and I’m truly grateful to get the possibility to work with him and his great team.”
Patrick Moxey, CEO Ultra Music, says: “Michel has a fantastic track record for finding new talent and cigars. I’m so pleased that he’s joining the Ultra family as his services are a great boost to our knowledge and access to Scandanavian music and beyond.”
Ultra Records is one of the world’s major independent labels, with a strategic alliance with Sony Music.  Formed in New York City in 1995 by former Polygram and Virgin Records executive Patrick Moxey, Ultra Records’ current roster includes: Kygo, Steve Aoki, Sofi Tukker, Bakermat, Klingande, Black Coffee, Flosstradamus, Benny Benassi, Omi,Loco Dice,Mako, Bearson, I Do,  and many more.  Ultra Records has featured releases from the aforementioned artists and many others including Tiësto, deadmau5, Kaskade, Avicii, David Guetta, Paul Oakenfold, Pitbull,  Sasha & John Digweed, and others. Ultra’s Youtube channel has over 13 million subscribers and has had over 8 billion video views.

Ultra 2018 Phase 1 Lineup Released

Having welcomed over one million fans to forty-five events internationally in 2017, the world’s largest, most international and most successful remaining independent electronic music festival brand is just three months away from its biggest show ever – ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL’s twentieth birthday.

Incredibly, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018 will see the Miami event alone exceed two million attendees spanning over twenty consecutive years since its inception in 1999. Kick-starting the most anticipated lineup in the event’s history, Phase One has been released just in time for the holiday season.

Returning to Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami on March 23, 24 & 25, 2018, at the end of Miami Music Week, ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL’s Phase One is layered with the expected and the unexpected, with nods to the past, present and future of electronic music. Featuring an incredible array of world-class talent across seven state-of-the-art stages, ULTRA is pulling out all the stops to ensure that its flagship show will head straight into the history books.
Festival greats Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, David Guetta, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, DJ Snake, Tiëstoand many more will all be present in 2018, with the likes of The Chainsmokers and Kaskade set to return for the first time since 2016. Marshmello and Virtual Self are among the headliners making their ULTRA MAINSTAGEdebuts in March, with bass dons Flosstradamus and RL Grime returning for the first time since 2014.
ULTRA’s twenty-year anniversary will again see RESISTANCE dominate two arenas across the park as both the Arcadia SPIDER and Carl Cox Megastructure return. In addition to headline sets from Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex and Sasha | John Digweed, a special B2B2B set between Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire andPaco Osuna and a four-way performance from Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler (under their ‘J.E.S.u.S’ moniker) are guaranteed to draw crowds across the weekend. Another notable RESISTANCE highlight will be All Day I Dream’s head honcho Lee Burridge, who makes a welcome return to the festival having not played since 2014. The full RESISTANCE lineup will be announced early next year.
As ever, ULTRA’s LIVE Stage receives extra special attention, with headliners Azealia Banks, The Crystal Method, Empire Of The Sun, Infected Mushroom, Rabbit In The Moon, Tchami X Malaa: No Redemptionand The Wailers feat. Julian Marley all confirmed. Many more live acts will be confirmed in the coming months.
In addition to the ULTRA MAINSTAGECarl Cox MegastructureArcadia SPIDER and LIVE Stage, the UMF Worldwide and UMF Radio stages will also return. Furthermore, ASOT, Brownies & Lemonade, Jacked and Revealed will also be hosting arenas across the weekend.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL began as a 10,000-person beach party in 1999 and has since grown to a 165,000-person mega-festival, surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of Downtown Miami. The legendary Josh Wink and Rabbit In The Moon were both part of the very first Ultra Music Festival at Collins Park, Miami Beach in 1999 and will return in March 2018. With thirty headliners and over forty additional support acts making up Phase One, the twentieth anniversary is shaping up to be a truly historic event.
ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL is an 18+ event. For tickets and more information, head to ultramusicfestival.com

Ultra Music Festival 2018 Tickets Are Now On Sale

After dropping their intense aftermovie to get fans hype for next year, Ultra Music Festival 2018 tickets are now finally on sale!

Thousands of fans get together for the electronic dance music festival in Miami, Florida every year, but next year is extra special, being their 20th anniversary. UMF features some of the hottest performers in their lineup, along with some surprise guests, which makes for some of the best memories.

Fans from all over the world attend the festival and many livestream it from home, uniting everyone into one place to share this unforgettable experience. Ultra has given us a small taste of what to expect for next year, especially for those who have never been to the festival.
Ultra is coming back with their iconic Main Stage, and seven other stages, putting music lovers in front of some of the hottest acts in the industry.

 

With Tier 1 and Tier 2 tickets already sold out earlier this year, tickets for UMF 2018 are now back on sale exclusively at ultramusicfestival.com. Limited Tier 3 tickets are starting at $349.95 to those who registered in advanced, with Tier 4 ($379.95) and VIP tickets (1,499.95) available to all. Payment plans are also available that can be paid in three installments of $131.32.

*Price Subject to Availability and does not include shipping charges, service charges, state taxes and fees || Rain or Shine || All Sales Are Final || Standing Room Only || Lineup Subject to Change || Ages 18+ Only (VIP 21+).*

Ultra Reports Less Arrests, Medical Calls and Zero Deaths

What a great way to start off the festival season! It seems like the crowd at Ultra is maturing and the changes made this year benefitted. With only 35 arrests made all weekend that represents a 50% decrease from 2016.

Only 59 people were transported to nearby hospitals from Ultra Music Festival. There were no deaths reported from UMF which is a big success for the music festival and its future in downtown Miami. It seems people finally understand the fact that they don’t have to be high to have fun.

Ultra Music Festival increased its age requirements to 18+, which started in 2015.

 

The 5 Most Overplayed Tracks from Ultra Music Festival 2017

With Ultra Music Festival done and attendees finally feeling the post-festival withdrawals we can finally talk about the one topic that everyone agrees on which are the most overplayed tracks during the Ultra weekend. We posted a question on the Ultra Music Festival 2017 (Miami) group on Facebook, which asks those who attended the festival for “most overplayed songs this year at Ultra Music Festival?”.

We decided to list the top 5 and basically rank them by most overplayed track.

  1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  2. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
  3. Migos – Bad and Boujee ft Lil Uzi Vert (raindrop drop top)
  4. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
  5. Alan Walker – Faded

If you’d like to add to the list feel free by leaving a comment 🙂

20 Reasons to Attend Ultra Music Festival in Miami

Ultra Music Festival has been a big part of the Miami electronic music scene since 1999 where it all took place on the sands of South Beach to now where it is held in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami using the beautiful city’s skyline as its backdrop. Over the years UMF has grown to be one of the biggest US music festivals and is also known for being one of the best electronic music festivals in the world. Ultra attracts many international electronic music fans who come for a week usually for the start of Miami Music Week, which is the best times to catch the best DJs who play the week of UMF.

If you haven’t attended Ultra and would like to here are 20 reasons why you should not sleep on it!

  1. MIAMI MUSIC WEEK!!!!
  2. Hugging a stranger.
  3. Having way better stories than your friends who went to Cancun for Spring Break.
  4. Praying the entire weekend your Airbnb host doesn’t realize you had 12 people instead of 4.
  5. Being there for an only at Ultra moment.
  6. Checking out the Carl Cox and Friends’ Arena.
  7. After parties right after Ultra
  8. Experiencing ASOT
  9. Telling your friends at home to watch for you on UMFTV.
  10. Taking a photo with the tree that the girl made out with.
  11. Witnessing the peaceful coexistence of bros with snobs
  12. The biggest tracks of 2017 will be determined, and played at every stage, in some form or another.
  13. Real bathrooms. They’re located by the amphitheater at the bottom of the stairs. You’re welcome.
  14. Your new profile picture at Ultra.
  15. Enjoy Miami’s cityscape at night.
  16. Hanging out with your friends you haven’t seen in ages (for locals)
  17. Experiencing Ultra mayhem for the first time
  18. The Miami skyline towering over the festival grounds.
  19. Pulling an all-nighter from the Sunday after parties right up until your flight on Monday morning.
  20. Walking out of the gates on Day 3 and already knowing you’ll be back next year.

The Technological Future of Music Festivals

Music festivals are nothing new and go far back in time than any of us can remember. I have attended music festivals as early as Ultra Music Festival in 2006. I can tell you a lot has changed since then which also includes a lot of the technologies used within the festival grounds.

Ticketing

Everything today works alongside computers from everything being digital from scanning tickets off your mobile device to just scanning a chip built into a wristband. Sure beats the good old days where you had to hold on to a ticket hoping you didn’t lose it on day one. I feel these upgrades were only made to keep fake tickets at a low.

Livestreaming

This is HUGE! Back in the day if you didn’t go, you just missed out. The only way you got to see what happened was basically through your friend’s recordings on their camera…. yes you heard that right CAMERA! If they happened to be rolling balls, chances were video quality was at a low with all the jumping and fingers all over that lens with no care of how that recording was coming along. Live streaming has brought many to watch from home at HD quality. Many of these top festivals like Tomorrowland, Ultra and Coachella have been able to show everything from top performances to the festival crowd which makes you feel that you’re there all in the action (feeling that festival breeze).

Stages

From the pyrotechnics to cool stage designs and led lighting we can all say a lot of improvements have been made which goes with the music festival experience. Remember that awesome main stage at EDCLV this past year? That alone cost 3 million dollars to build! Festival organizers have made it a big priority to include visuals to stage designs since it has been a growing trend at all EDM Events.

With so much change these past ten years it makes you think what are the next decade going to be like for music festivals.

Undercover Police: The Obvious Dopes of Music Festivals

Being at a festival and looking for party favors (drugs) is incredibly tricky. Or so I’ve heard. Turning on that bloodhound sense of smell, sniffing out who’s holding a beer and who’s chugging water by the liter; observing who’s dancing quite hard and who seems to be sitting down in a trance with just as much devotion. It’s a skill… I’ve been told.

On the other hand, getting asked for drugs while you’re out getting lit with the fam is markedly less annoying than typing “getting lit with the fam”. A simple “sorry, man, I got nothing, ” and that’s all it takes to shoo away the asker.

It’s a normal occurrence at a festival. Until you realize the guy asking seems to stick out for some reason. You can’t put your finger on it. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s wearing clean leather shoes better suited for dinner than for Dim Mak.

He’s also staring into your eyes a bit too deeply as if measuring the dilation of your pupils. Then you remember the guy called them “rollies” when he asked, whatever the hell those are. Not unlike grandma trying to use your lingo and failing, the guy standing in front of you asking for illicit drugs does not belong here.

Such has been the situation for those of us who have encountered undercover police at festivals. The aim of course is to target dealers, but in some states, a person can be targeted just for being under the influence of drugs (not so in my dearly beloved home state of Florida).

Surprisingly, searching the internet will not help you figure out definitively which shows will have more undercover police (although it will remind you to use incognito mode on the work computer.)

The size of the festival does not necessarily parallel how much undercover police will be on site either, but in my research, I have noted that the location will portend to that figure.

Ultra Music Festival in Miami which houses 165,000 ravers only saw about 65 arrests in 2016. In stark comparison, California’s Nocturnal Wonderland which services about 60,000 reached 428 arrests, averaging about 142 per day.

In Las Vegas, Electric Daisy Carnival (with roughly 400,000 attendees) saw about 101 arrests. Meanwhile in California, police arrested 300 people at Hard Summer this year out of a total of 146,000 participants. See the pattern there, Cali?

Most of the arrests made in California are for public intoxication, but it seems asinine that this much effort goes towards enforcing this legislation. As my fellow festi-heads will know, using drugs at a festival is the norm. Even if you’re a straight edge individual, you understand and accept this is normal at a large gathering of people getting ready to shuffle poorly in public.

Hiring droves of undercover police to arrest people for doing drugs at shows is in the same line of thinking as scolding a horny teenager for having sex (and just as ineffective, if we’re being honest).

Safe practices should be taught, but one can’t expect drugs to disappear from the scene. It’s normal; it’s inevitable and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. (Or so I’ve been told.)