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 MAINSTAGE, Carl Cox Megastructure, Arcadia 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.
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.
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.
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
Migos – Bad and Boujee ft Lil Uzi Vert (raindrop drop top)
The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
Alan Walker – Faded
If you’d like to add to the list feel free by leaving a comment 🙂
It’s finally Friday, which means Ultra is here! By now many of you have attended a good amount of Miami Music Week events that could add up to a whole new Ultra lineup. With that said it’s best to slow down now so you can make it through this intense weekend.
The most common mistake I see is that most party-goers continue into the weekend with their rigorous party schedule which includes pregaming before Ultra and planning on attending after parties after Ultra. We understand….. there’s a lot going on and too many good events with solid lineups. Focus on what you really came down for or you’ll be one of those selling their Sunday pass for super cheap because the party bug caught up.
Keep in mind that the Miami sun is no joke and that the city is known for its humidity so keep hydrated. The Heat alone will get you tired quick!
Remember to wear sunblock even if it’s cloudy you’ll still get a bad sunburn (welcome to south Florida), drink plenty of fluids what I mean is drink water and a fanny pack will always come in handy…. trust me 😉 It’s great knowing that you don’t have to check your pockets constantly.
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!
MIAMI MUSIC WEEK!!!!
Hugging a stranger.
Having way better stories than your friends who went to Cancun for Spring Break.
Praying the entire weekend your Airbnb host doesn’t realize you had 12 people instead of 4.
Being there for an only at Ultra moment.
Checking out the Carl Cox and Friends’ Arena.
After parties right after Ultra
Telling your friends at home to watch for you on UMFTV.
Taking a photo with the tree that the girl made out with.
Witnessing the peaceful coexistence of bros with snobs
The biggest tracks of 2017 will be determined, and played at every stage, in some form or another.
Real bathrooms. They’re located by the amphitheater at the bottom of the stairs. You’re welcome.
Your new profile picture at Ultra.
Enjoy Miami’s cityscape at night.
Hanging out with your friends you haven’t seen in ages (for locals)
Experiencing Ultra mayhem for the first time
The Miami skyline towering over the festival grounds.
Pulling an all-nighter from the Sunday after parties right up until your flight on Monday morning.
Walking out of the gates on Day 3 and already knowing you’ll be back next year.
The first Ultra Music Festival in Miami in 1999 cost $200,000. In 2013, Russell Faibisch estimated in a Miami New times article that in 2013 Ultra would require $25 million to $30 million dollars to pull off. This is a significant jump from the infant days of UMF. Today EDM music festivals cost tens of millions of dollars to put on. In a Forbes article, Pasquale Rotella was interviewed about the history of EDC and stated in 2014 that it would take $36 million to throw EDC in Las Vegas. Ultra Music Festival in Miami and EDC have large impacts on the surrounding area and add to the burgeoning $6.9 billion EDM industry, but the economic boom provided does come at a cost that is running ever higher.
Tomorrowland began a little over a decade ago in 2005 with about 10,000 unique visitors and had swelled to 180,000 unique visitors in 2016. Tomorrowland is looked to as the trendsetter when it comes to stage design and production. However, it is not the visual environment that ID&T founder Duncan Stutterheim, the founder of ID&T, feels it’s costing festival organizers an arm and a leg. In remarks made at the Noorderslag Seminar in Groningen in 2015, Stutterheim discussed the rising costs of booking DJ acts. Tiesto and David Guetta can command $350,000 while Calvin Harris could be paid up to $500,000 per an investigation by QUOTE. So how have festival organizers dealt with these rising costs? One way is sponsorship, the double-edged sword.
Sponsorship is a way for festivals to invest more money into the festival experience without having to worry about the increased financial risk, but festival organizers are still making a big gamble in favor of reward over that risk. Festival organizers have to find the right balance and ensure the festival isn’t turned into one big marketing bonanza as sponsors will expect there to be some product placement and advertisement. But even with sponsors, there are going to be expenses festival organizers will have to manage. All manners of work are involved in putting on a festival, and all of those workers have to be paid. Festival goers encounter the front line: parking attendants, security personnel, food service workers, and ticket box workers. Employees who are in the background but whose skills are ever present are sound engineers and stage workers. Then there are porta potty vendors, sales managers, talent buyers, web developers, sponsorship coordinators, social media managers, operations assistants, city officials (for fees and licenses), and venue operators. Remember all the people it takes to put on a festival the next time you gasp at the cost of admission. What is paid for memories for a lifetime is a fraction of what it costs to provide the experience for those memories.
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.
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.
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).
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.
With 2016 coming to an end we now get to look forward to 2017 and all the music festivals that are coming up. In this list, you will find new festivals that will be debuting in 2017 along with the awesome well-established ones.
1. SXM Festival (March 15-March 19, 2017)
SXM aims to offer something different for house and music fans. Phase 1 headliners announced include Black Coffee, Soul Clap, Lee Burridge, and John Acquaviva to name a few. In addition to setting up a musical paradise for ticket holder’s enjoyment, the festival takes place in an actual physical paradise on the island of Saint-Martin in the Caribbean. Temperatures average in the 80s year round and is blessed with an invigorating landscape composed of breathtaking beaches, rolling hills, and blue seas.
2. Groove Cruise Miami (January 23-27, 2017)
Groove Cruise Miami is not for the faint of heart. Four days of nonstop, themed parties on the deck, beaches, and poolside await the seafaring. This year Groove Cruise debuts a new ship and cruise line, the Carnival Victory, that will sail to Grand Turk. This year the Dj Contest is an invitation to remix Markus Schulz’s “In The Night” from his Watch The World EP. The winner will receive a slot on board Groove Cruise Miami, an ocean-view stateroom for two, Groove Cruise and Coldharbour swag, and have the remix played on Markus Schulz’s Global Dj Broadcast podcast. The winner will be announced on December 9, 2017.
3. Middlelands (May 5-7, 2016)
Insomniac is introducing a new festival next year that will take place on the grounds of the Texas Renaissance Festival in Todd Mission, Texas. Four days of camping and three days of music across five stages awaits those who hop on the saddle to mosey down to Texas. Early bird tickets and camping passes have sold out to this festival, but tickets will go on sale for the general population on Tuesday, December 6th. There are many different camping options including GA, open field camping, RV camping, Quiet Camping, Sound Camps that encourage sound systems and live DJs, group camping close to Conqueror’s Court and the festival entrance, and premier camping. Middlelands is sure to endear fans of Insomniac festivals. Don’t miss out.
4. Ultra Music Festival (March 24-26, 2017)
Ultra Music Festival is held at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida and draws over a 100,000 visitors each year. For the last few years, around 165,000 people attended the music festival which has garnered acclaim for its vast array of talent and opportunities to party poolside in Miami. Some of the larger than life acts that have been announced for 2017 include Justice who was last on the Ultra Miami stage in 2012, Ice Cube, Prodigy, Tiesto, Maceo Plex, Above and Beyond, and the super group Underworld. Last year, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz teamed up at the In A State of Trance Arena for a legendary b2b set. Don’t miss out on the fun and buy your tickets before they sell out.