Ultra Music Festival XIV
It’s that time of the year again when all of Miami braces for the masses of EDM fans that converge to South Florida for what is now known as WMC/Miami Music Week. To cap off the 10 days of music and celebration is the World’s Most Famous Dance Music Event! Now in it’s 14th year, Ultra Music Festival has moved back to it’s old location at Bay Front Park. Since 2005, Bicentennial Park has been the location for Ultra, but currently it is undergoing construction of the new Miami Art Museum and the Miami Science Museum. With that being said, many people are doubting Bay Front Park could handle the amount of people the former location could hold since the layout seems to have many obstructions. Well, news to everyone: not only will Bay Front Park hold the 150,000 people the former location could, but it will hold another 60,000+ to up the total to a whopping 210,000+ attendees for ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL XIV.
3 Days, 7 Stages, over 300 of the Best EDM Artists… What more could you ask for you say?
Well this year they have added more events beginning on Wednesday 3.21 with the Ultra Boat Party and the premier of their new movie “Can You Feel It”. Followed up by the Afterparty at Mia Biscayne. On Thursday 3.22 the festivities continue with Tiesto at LIV. Downtown will be in Group Therapy with Above & Beyond at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater, followed by the after party across the street at Mia Biscayne. Then Friday is the big day, the beginning of Ultra Music Festival XIV Day 1 headlined by Tiesto, Kraftwerk, Carl Cox, Skrillex, Afrojack & New Order to name a few. Back on the beach we also have Kaskade at Amnesia & Dirty South at Mansion.
Saturday 3.24 has another heavy hitter lineup with the likes of Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Erick Morillo, Sven Vath, Sydney Blu and many more including myself for the 5th year in a row. Later at night Felix Da Housecat will be thumping it out at Mia Biscayne. Sunday 3.25 Funday, that’s right FUN DAY!!! Day 3 of the festival and the last day of this MONSTER event. David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Fedde Legrand, ATB, Sander van Doorn, Ferry Corsten and many more close out the festivities with a bang!
As the world’s most famous outdoor electronic music event, Ultra Music Festival has won “Best Music Event” by the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and the “Best International Dance Music Festival” by the Ibiza DJ Awards in 2008. In 2011, ULTRA drew 150,000 attendees coming from 71 countries & territories and all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, making it the first ever 3-day music festival of its kind to completely Sell Out 150,000 tickets almost two months before the event. The 2011 edition featured more than 300 artists performing on 27 stages over a three-day period. Originally created as a pure EDM (electronic dance music) festival in 1999, ULTRA has grown through the years to present not only the genre’s hottest, biggest and best headline artists (Tiësto, deadmau5, David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Underworld, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Justice and Moby, to name a few), but also crossover headline bands that incorporate EDM elements in their music and have a history or new beginning in the EDM community and culture (The Cure, The Killers, The Black Eyed Peas, Santogold, New Order, The Ting Tings, Duran Duran, The Bravery).
In addition to the annual Miami festival, the organizers have created the separate UMF WORLDWIDE brand, which continues expanding internationally with sold out UMF festivals and events in Argentina, Brazil, Ibiza, Korea and Poland.
written by Ryan Morales