Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place during March in Miami, Florida, United States.[2] The festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes and is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra.[1]

It was first held on Miami Beach, but besides a tenure at Bicentennial Park, it had primarily been held at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.[3] It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006,[4][5] In 2019, the festival moved to the Virginia Key Beach Park and Miami Marine Stadium.

Since 2011, Ultra has taken place across three days (Friday through Sunday) during the month of March.[6] In 2012, a record attendance of 155,000 people attended the festival.[7] In 2013, for the first time in Ultra's history, the festival took place across two consecutive weekends welcoming a combined attendance of 330,000 people.[8] In 2014, the festival returned to its original one weekend format, selling out pre sale tickets in under five minutes.[9][10] The most recent edition of Ultra, in 2017, welcomed 165,000 people to the festival.[11]

Although they share names, Ultra Music Festival was not directly tied to Ultra Records, an electronic music record label. However, the two entities did announce a "global alliance" in August 2012, which would allow them to collaborate on marketing and cross-promotion.[12]

Alongside the flagship event in Miami, Ultra has spawned a larger series of international franchises under the blanket branding Ultra Worldwide, which have included locations such as South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and others.[13][14]

Ultra Music Festival
Logo of Ultra Music Festival
Ultra Stage
GenreElectronic music festival
Date(s)Every last weekend of March
Location(s)Main location Miami, Florida, United States:
South Beach, Miami Beach
Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
Bicentennial Park, Downtown Miami
Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami
Virginia Key
For spin offs see here
CountryUnited States
Years active1999–present
Spin offs:
2007–present (Ibiza)
2012–present (Buenos Aires)
2012–present (South Korea)
2013–present (Chile)
2013–present (Croatia)
2014–present (South Africa)
2014 (Colombia)
2014–present (Japan)
2014–present (Thailand)
2014–present (Taiwan)
2015 (Puerto Rico)
2015–present (Peru)
2015–present (Singapore)
2015–present (Bolivia)
2016–present (Brazil)
2016–present (Indonesia)
2016–present (Hong Kong)
2017–present (Shanghai, China)
2017 (Philippines)
2017 (India)
2017-present (Mexico)
2018 (Beijing, China)
2018-present (Australia)
2019 (Paraguay)
InauguratedMarch 13, 1999[1]
FounderRussell Faibisch
Alex Omes
Most recentMarch 23–25, 2018
Attendancesee here
Organized byUltra Enterprises, Inc.


The Beach (1999-2000)

Ultra Music Festival was inaugurated and produced in 1999 by business partners Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes.[1] The first festival was held as a one-day event on March 13, 1999.[15] Artists at Ultra's first festival included Paul van Dyk, Rabbit in the Moon, Josh Wink, and DJ Baby Anne.[16][17] The first Ultra Beach Music Festival, which was held at Collins Park in Miami Beach proved popular, with an estimated ten thousand concertgoers in attendance.[17] However, Faibisch and Omes still saw a financial loss of between $10,000 to $20,000 during the festival's inaugural year.[1]

However, in March 2000 the festival returned to South Beach's Collins Park and was met with even more success. The festival was immediately renewed for a third year.[18]


Due to the massive rise in attendance between 1999 and 2000, festival organizers decided to relocate to Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami for Ultra's third annual event in 2001.[19] Ultra Music Festival continued to bring the biggest names in electronic dance music to Miami with performances by Robin Fox, Tiësto, EC Twins, Paul van Dyk, Paul Oakenfold, Sander Kleinenberg, Photek, Josh Wink, DJ Craze, Pete Tong, Erick Morillo, and Rabbit in the Moon from 2001 to 2005.[20][21][22] In 2005, Fabisch met with Adam Russakoff, who has since been the executive producer, director of business affairs, and talent buyer for Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Worldwide.[23] 2005 was also the year that Carl Cox and Ultra worked together to curate the Carl Cox and Friends Arena, formerly known as the Carl Cox Global Arena, which has been a mainstay at Ultra Music Festival for the past twelve years.[24][25] With the record-breaking attendance of the seventh annual Ultra Music Festival in 2005, the festival was again relocated to another venue, Bicentennial Park, for 2006.[26][27] In 2007, the festival held its first two-day event at Bicentennial Park with more than 50,000 concert goers in attendance, which was another record at the time for Ultra.[28] The festival celebrated its 10th anniversary during March 28–29, 2008 with performances by Tiësto, Underworld, Justice, Paul van Dyk, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, MSTRKRFT, deadmau5, Annie Mac, Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten, Calvin Harris, Moby, The Crystal Method, Boys Noize, Benny Benassi, Armand van Helden, The Bravery, David Guetta, and many more.[29][30]


With an estimated attendance of over 70,000 people, Ultra Music Festival set a new record for the City of Miami for number of tickets sold at a single event.[16] The eleventh annual edition of the festival occurred during March 27–28, 2009—the lineup included more crossover acts and live bands featuring the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, The Ting Tings, Santigold, Crystal Castles, The Whip, and Perry Farrell. Ultra's twelfth edition took place during March 26–27, 2010, featuring exclusive performances from Tiësto, deadmau5, Groove Armada, Orbital, Little Boots, Sasha & Digweed, Above & Beyond, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Swedish House Mafia and The Bloody Beetroots.[31] Each stage was accompanied with visual arts provided by VJs Vello Virkhaus, Psyberpixie, and Cozer.[32][33][34]


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Ultra 2011

The festival sold out for the first time with over 100,000 attendees, where it was also announced that the thirteenth annual edition would take place over the course of three days during March 2011.[6][35] Ultra Music Festival expanded to a three-day festival in 2011, spanning the weekend of March 25–27, 2011.[36] Also at Ultra's 2011 edition, Armin van Buuren debuted a stage dedicated to his radio show, A State of Trance, celebrating 500 episodes. Like the Carl Cox & Friends Arena, the A State of Trance stage continues to be a mainstay at Ultra Music Festival, taking place on the third day of the festival each year.[37] The A State of Trance 500 stage featured artists like Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, ATB, Cosmic Gate, Gareth Emery, Sander van Doorn, Alex M.O.R.P.H., and more.[38]


The fourteenth edition of Ultra Music Festival was held from March 23–25, 2012.[39] Due to the construction of the Miami Art Museum at Bicentennial Park, the event was moved back to Bayfront Park for the first time since 2005.[40] Beginning this year, the festival also began to produce an official live streaming broadcast.[6]

Early bird pre-sale tickets for Ultra Music Festival 2012 sold out within seconds.[41] Shortly after, pre sale ticket prices increased from $149 to $229.[42][43] The lineup was headlined by acts such as Kraftwerk, Bassnectar, Justice, Avicii, Fatboy Slim, Wolfgang Gartner, Richie Hawtin, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, M83, Duck Sauce, Kaskade, and others.[39] Madonna made a surprise guest appearance to introduce Avicii, in support of his remix of "Girl Gone Wild" — the second single from her recently released album MDNA.[44][45]


In honor of its fifteenth anniversary, the 2013 edition was held over two weekends, March 15–17, 2013, and March 22–24, 2013.[46] Phase one of the festival's lineup was officially revealed in January 2013, confirming appearances from David Guetta, deadmau5, and Tiësto on both weekends, along with Swedish House Mafia, who used the closing slot of the festival during the second weekend to serve as the finale of their official farewell tour, "One Last Tour".[47][48] Other notable headliners included Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Richie Hawtin, Boys Noize, Carl Cox, Armin van Buuren, Alesso, Dog Blood (a project between Skrillex and Boys Noize), Luciano, Snoop Dogg, The Weeknd, Martin Solveig, and Zedd.[49]

On January 7, 2013, after organizers requested additional road closures for the event, Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff proposed a resolution calling for disapproval of the second weekend. Sarnoff believed that allowing the event to be held across two weekends would be "disruptive to the local business community and area residents due to noise, nuisance behavior of festival goers, and grid lock traffic," regardless of the fact that Ultra generated $79 million during its previous year.[50] The city council voted in favor of continuing with the second weekend on January 10, 2013, charging the organizers for police and fire services.[51]

The two weekends had a total attendance of 330,000 spectators.[52]


Ultra 2014 mainstage

For 2014, the festival returned to a single weekend, which took place March 28–30, 2014. Phase one of the festival lineup was unveiled in December 2013, confirming headline appearances by major acts including Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Carl Cox, David Guetta, Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Krewella, Martin Garrix, New World Punx, Nicky Romero, Tiësto, and Zedd.[53] After being diagnosed with a blocked gallbladder and going back to Sweden for surgery, deadmau5 replaced Avicii as the final act on the main stage for Saturday.[54]

Notable performances during the festival included the premiere of Eric Prydz's new live show "Holo", the debut of Diplo and Skrillex's new side project Jack Ü, Above & Beyond's set being interrupted by a rainstorm (requiring them and their equipment to be moved backstage and facing away from the audience; the duo considered it to be one of their "more unusual gigs"), the debut performance of Armin van Buuren and Benno de Goeji's duo Gaia, and deadmau5 "trolling" the audience during his set by playing a remix of Martin Garrix's "Animals" set to "Old McDonald Had a Farm".[55][56][57][58][59][60]

On March 28, a security guard was left in "extremely critical" condition after being trampled by a crowd of people attempting to gate crash the festival by breaking down a chain-link fence.[61]


Parazhit Report at Ultra Music Festival Miami
Ultra 2015 mainstage


After the gatecrashing incident in 2014, some uncertainties arose as to whether Ultra would still be held; however, organizers still announced that the 2015 edition would be held from March 27–29, 2015.[62][63] Organizers also announced plans for a comprehensive review of the festival's security arrangements with the involvement of the Miami Police Department, which assessed how security could be improved to "prevent a criminal incident of this nature from happening again."[64] Following the incident, Miami mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado suggested that the gatecrashing incident could be deemed a breach of the organizers' contract with the city, which would block Ultra from being held in Miami.[65][66]

In a meeting on April 24, 2014, Miami commissioners voted 4 to 1 against banning the festival, allowing Ultra to remain in downtown Miami for 2015. Marc Sarnoff, the lone commissioner to vote in favor of banning Ultra, presented footage of lewd behavior by attendees at previous editions, and contended that the event effected the quality of life for downtown residents because they were being harassed by visitors. The remaining commissioners supported the festival's presence because of the exposure and positive economic effects it brings to Miami, and Keon Hardemon disputed the argument that it affected downtown residents, as they, in his opinion, chose to live in the city so they could participate in local events. However, the approval was made on the condition that organizers introduce facilities for addressing security, drug usage and lewd behavior by attendees.[67][68] In a related move, organizers announced in September 2014 that Ultra would no longer admit minors, in order to improve the overall safety and experience of attendees. In addition organizers hired the retiring Miami Beach Police Chief Ray Martinez to oversee security for future events.[69][70]

On January 12, 2015, Ultra co-founder Alex Omes, who had left the organization in 2010, was found dead at the age of 43[71] from a drug overdose.


The 2015 lineup included Andrew Bayer, Avicii, Andy C, Axwell, Dash Berlin, Dirty South, Eric Prydz, Galantis, Hardwell, Hot Since 82, Martin Garrix, Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, Zeds Dead, and others.[72] The event was formally closed by Skrillex, later joined by Diplo as Jack Ü, and featuring guest vocalists such as CL ("Dirty Vibe", "MTBD"), Kiesza ("Take Ü There"), Sean Combs (who joined CL with a rendition of "It's All About the Benjamins"), and Justin Bieber for Jack Ü's new single "Where Are Ü Now".[73] Video game streaming website Twitch took over as the host of the festival's official webcast.[74]

A new stage area known as Resistance was also introduced for 2015, which focused upon lesser-known "underground" electronic musicians in genres such as deep house and techno, and featured a 360-degree stage installation known as "Afterburner", designed by the British collective Arcadia Spectacular.[75]


Ultra Stage
Ultra (UMF) 2016 mainstage

The initial lineup of the 2016 edition, held March 18–20, 2016 was announced on December 16, 2015; among others, it was revealed that the festival would feature the reunions of Rabbit in the Moon and Pendulum, along with other headliners such as Afrojack, Avicii, Carl Cox, Die Antwoord, Dubfire, Eric Prydz, Hardwell, Kaskade, Kygo, Miike Snow, Nero, Purity Ring, Tycho, and others.[76] Phase two of the lineup was announced in February 2016, including AlunaGeorge, Andrew Rayel, The Chainsmokers, Crystal Castles, deadmau5, Galantis, Laidback Luke, Marshmello, Richie Hawtin, Sam Feldt, DJ Snake, Steve Angello, and Tchami.[77] General admission tickets sold out on January 21, 2016.[78]

As band member Maxim was unable to attend due to medical issues, The Prodigy cancelled their Saturday night performance. Deadmau5 took their place, alongside his previously-scheduled A State of Trance performance on Sunday.[77][79][80] Pendulum formally closed the festival on Sunday night, briefly playing as their offshoot Knife Party, and featuring guest appearances by Tom Morello, and Deadmau5, who joined for a performance of "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"—which features the vocals of the band's singer Rob Swire.[81] The Resistance stage also returned, which featured Arcadia Spectacular's "Spider".[82][83][84]

In April 2016, DJ Mag named Ultra the world's top festival as the result of their survey.[85][86]


Immediately upon the conclusion of the 2016 edition, it was announced that the 2017 edition would be held from March 24–26.[87] Tickets officially went on sale on October 4, 2016.[88] General admission tickets sold out on January 24, 2017.[89]

Phase 1 of the 2017 lineup was announced on November 17, 2016, listing live headliners including Ice Cube, Justice, Major Lazer, The Prodigy, Underworld, and headlining DJ acts Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren, Axwell & Ingrosso, Carl Cox, Dash Berlin, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Dubfire, Hardwell, Jamie Jones, Joseph Capriati, Maceo Plex, Marco Carola, Martin Garrix, Sasha & John Digweed, Steve Aoki, Tale of Us, and Tiesto.[90] The first phase of artists for Resistance was released on December 3, 2017, including Black Coffee, Chris Liebing, Eats Everything, Kolsch, The Martinez Brothers, Technasia, and others.[91] It was also announced that Carl Cox had been named the "global ambassador" of Resistance—overseeing production and DJ booking for future endeavors under the Resistance brand. As a result, the Megastructure's Carl Cox & Friends lineup was also rebranded under the Resistance title, alongside its existing presence on the Arcadia Spider stage.[92][93]

Phase 2 of the lineup was unveiled on February 9, 2017,[94] and included the additions of Adventure Club, Alan Walker, Barclay Crenshaw, Cedric Gervais, Don Diablo, Ferry Corsten presents Gouryella, Jai Wolf, Laidback Luke, Rezz, Sam Feldt, Showtek, Slushii, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Tchami, Vini Vici, and others.[95] Phase 3 and the final schedule were unveiled on March 9, 2017.[96] DJ Snake served as the final main stage act on Sunday, featuring a guest appearance by Future.[97][98][99]


Phase 1 of the lineup for the festival's 20th edition, held March 23–25 was unveiled December 18, 2017, including Afrojack, Axwell and Ingrosso, Azealia Banks, The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Empire of the Sun, Hardwell, and Steve Aoki among others.[100] This was followed by the unveiling of the lineup for Resistance on January 28, 2018, including Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, as well as Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Seth Troxler and Skream's supergroup J.E.S.u.S. among others.[101] On February 25, 2018, phase 2 of the lineup was unveiled, including Benny Benassi, Cedric Gervais, DubVision, Fischerspooner, Jauz, Modestep, Oliver Heldens, and others.[102] The full schedule was unveiled on March 15, featuring Dash Berlin, G-Eazy, KSHMR, and others. It was also revealed that both the main and A State of Trance stages would feature unannounced headliners as closing acts on the final night.[103]

Swedish House Mafia closed the festival in their first live appearance as a group since 2013; rumors suggesting Daft Punk would appear were dispelled by Steve Angello having cancelled tour dates in Asia that coincided with the festival, as well as SHM-related signs and imagery having appeared in the city.[104][105][106] Other notable special guests throughout the festival included K-pop singer and Girls' Generation member Yuri (who performed alongside Raiden),[107] Daddy Yankee, Elvis Crespo and Play-N-Skillz (who joined Steve Aoki on their new song "Azukita", with Daddy Yankee also performing his own "Gasolina"),[108] Example, Adventure Club, and Crankdat (who all joined Jauz on the Main Stage), as well as G-Eazy ("No Limit"), Lil Uzi Vert, Slushii, Yo Gotti ("Rake It Up"), and Will Smith ("Miami") who were all brought on as guests during Marshmello's set.[109]

Security officials stated that the 2018 edition of Ultra was the "safest" in recent years, reporting only 27 arrests in total during the festival (related particularly to narcotics, ticket counterfeiting, and an attendee physically attacking a police officer) and no "major" incidents.[110]


Move to Virginia Key

The 2019 edition was held from March 29–31, 2019. On September 27, 2018, the commissioners of Miami voted unanimously against allowing the festival to be hosted at Bayfront Park, citing noise complaints and other concerns among downtown residents.[111][112][113]

In November 2018, festival organizers proposed moving Ultra to the barrier island of Virginia Key, using the Virginia Key Beach Park and areas near the Miami Marine Stadium as venues. Virginia Key is accessible from mainland Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway, which also provides access to the island and community of Key Biscayne via Virginia Key. The proposal was met with resistance from officials in Key Biscayne, citing the possibility of safety, noise, and environmental concerns, as well as increased traffic on the Rickenbacker Causeway.[114]

Prior to a meeting and vote on the matter, the village began campaigning against the festival. It published a video on Facebook narrated by mayor Michael Davey, warning that hosting Ultra would result in "environmental destruction, noise and an increase in alcohol and drug-related violence". The video featured footage from older editions of the festival, and stock photos. Organizers dismissed the video as disparaging and being "potentially criminaliz[ing]" to its attendees, and stated that they would be interested in a "open-minded and good-faith dialogue" with the community.[115] On November 15, 2018, the Miami commissioners successfully voted in favor of allowing Ultra to be held on Virginia Key.[116]

Concerns have been presented over the festival's effects on local wildlife; the island features a number of sensitive wildlife areas and hosts various endangered species, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science displayed concerns that the loud music produced by the event could disrupt marine habitats, and in turn, research projects being undertaken by the school. Organizers stated that they expected to place more of the stages in the parking lots surrounding the Miami Marine Stadium than the beach.[117] Ultra would announce an environmental policy known as "Mission: Home", with plans to reduce waste by not using confetti or single-use plastic cups and straws, using "close proximity pyrotechnic alternatives" to traditional fireworks to reduce pollution and debris, requiring vendors to use paper or otherwise compostable cups and packaging, increasing the number of water stations, and encouraging attendees to respect the grounds and leave no trace.[118][119]

A competing techno festival known as Rapture had been held at Virginia Key Beach on the same weekend as Ultra since 2017. In February 2019, the organizers of Rapture attempted to sue Ultra and the city of Miami under antitrust grounds, claiming that they had already booked the site for two of the same dates as Ultra. The suit was dismissed by a judge, who argued that both Rapture and Ultra had submitted applications, but that only Ultra's was actually accepted.[120][121] Rapture submitted a revised complaint, but the suit was rejected once again, with the judge ruling that Rapture's claims of violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act were "baseless".[122] The following month, Miami was sued again by the Brickell Homeowners Association, who alleged that the city violated its charter by misrepresenting its agreement with the festival as being a "license" but appearing to be a lease, which requires competitive bidding under Florida law. Judge Rodolfo Ruiz denied a motion requesting an emergency injunction.[123][124]


Phase 1 of the lineup was unveiled December 20, 2018, featuring returning acts such as Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, Deadmau5 (including a set that featured the premiere of his new "Cube 3.0" stage setup, and a techno set as testpilot), Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and others.[125] A January 17, 2019 announcement detailed the three-stage "Resistance Island" programming, including the traditional Megastructure, and two additional stages (including "Arrival", a setup from the Carl Cox-backed Burning Man sound camp Playground).[126][127] The remainder of the lineup was released March 12, 2019.[128]

Concerns over transportation were realized on the first night of the festival: as it approached its closure at 2:00 a.m., an influx of leaving attendees resulted in disorderly lines for shuttles back to the mainland. Attendees reported that staff members were also unhelpful in guiding them towards the correct pickup points, while many elected to instead take a roughly 2.5 miles (4.0 km) walk down the causeway's William Powell Bridge (plus additional travel time needed to make it back to their hotels, or transport hubs awaiting taxi or ride sharing service, as they were not allowed to perform pickups directly on the island). This, in turn, prompted the shuttles to eventually suspend operations due to the influx of pedestrian traffic on the causeway.[129][130]

Attendees took to social media to document their experiences, using hashtags such as "#ISurvived" and "#FyreFestival2". The following morning, Ultra's organizers apologized for the issues, stating that they had been working with the city to address shortcomings in its transit plans (including clearer signage, and a dedicated bus lane on the bridge), and that it would keep concessions, vendors, and additional programming open past 2:00 a.m. (including "secret" performances) for the remainder of the festival. While lines were still reported, the transit situation was considered to have been improved on subsequent nights.[129][130][131] In an unrelated incident, a palm tree along the causeway caught on fire on the first night of the festival; organizers stated that they would reduce their use of pyrotechnics as a safety measure.[132][133]

A resident of Key Biscayne described the area as having become a "ghost town" on the weekend of Ultra, with its residents either leaving or staying home to avoid the festival. Mayor Michael Davey stated that Ultra "did the best they could, but it's just not the right place". Miami mayor Carlos A. Giménez admitted that Virginia Key may not have been the best location for the event, due to the lack of transportation options and the sheer number of attendees. Despite the move intending to reduce disruption to them, downtown residents still reported excessive noise, vibrations, and lights coming from the site.[131][130]


The 2020 edition is tentatively scheduled for March 27–29, 2020.[134] Organizers have stated their desire to continue holding the festival at Virginia Key, and will meet with the Miami commissioners to discuss the matter.[131][130]

Awards and nominations

DJ Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2007 Best International Dance Music Festival Ultra Music Festival (Miami) Nominated [135]
2008 Special Award - Best International Dance Music Festival Won [136]
2018 Special Award - Ibiza Night RESISTANCE (Ibiza) Won [137]

DJ Magazine

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2016 World's Best Festival Ultra Music Festival - Miami, Florida Won [86]
2017 Won [138]

Festicket Awards

Year Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Best EDM/Dance Festival Ultra Music Festival 2nd [139]

International Dance Music Awards


Year Category Work Result Ref.
2005[A] Best Dance Event Ultra Music Festival - Miami, Florida Nominated [140]
2006 Nominated [141]
2007 Nominated [142]
2008[B] Best Music Event Won [143]
2009 Won [144]
2010 Won [145]
2011 Won [146]
2012 Nominated [147]
2013 Nominated [148]
2014 Nominated [149]
2015 Nominated [150]
2016 Nominated [150]


Year Category Work Result Ref.
2018 Best Festival Ultra Won [152]
2019 Nominated [153]


Year Attendance Location
1999 10,000[1] South Beach, Miami Beach
2000 10,000[1]
2001 21,000[1] Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami[154]
2002 21,500[155]
2003 25,000[6]
2004 35,000[6]
2005 48,000[6]
2006 40,000+[6] Bicentennial Park, Downtown Miami[156][157][158]
2007 50,000[159]
2008 70,000[16]
2009 85,000[160]
2010 93,000[6]
2011 100,000[6]
2012 165,000[161] Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami[162][163]
2013* 330,000[23]
2014 165,000[164]
2015 165,000[165]
2016 165,000[166]
2017 165,000[167]

Attendance figures depict total attendance over the length of the festival.

*2013 Attendance reflects the festival's 15th Anniversary in which Ultra Music Festival was held over two weekends rather than one.

Ultra Worldwide

Road to Ultra - Bolivia
Ultra Music Festival in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

In 2008, Ultra began Ultra Worldwide — starting with Ultra Brasil, which took place in São Paulo, Brasil, now moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.[168] Since then, Ultra has debuted worldwide festivals in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Ultra Buenos Aires);[169] Santiago, Chile (Ultra Chile);[169] Seoul, Korea (Ultra Korea);[170] Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa (Ultra South Africa);[171] Tokyo, Japan (Ultra Japan);[171] Bali, Indonesia (Ultra Bali);[172] Singapore, Singapore (Ultra Singapore);[173] and Ibiza, Spain (Ultra Ibiza).[170] In July 2013, Ultra Worldwide debuted Ultra Europe, also known as Destination Ultra, which takes place across the span of a week throughout different venues across Croatia.[174]

2012 began the event concept entitled Road to Ultra, which are single-day, single-stage events. Road to Ultra events have taken place in Thailand, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Colombia, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Macau, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. In 2016, Road to Ultra took place in Hong Kong for the first time, at the West Kowloon Cultural District.[175]

During the 2017 edition of Ultra Miami, it was announced that India and Australia would host Road to Ultra events starting in 2017.[176][177] Also included in the announcement was an expansion to Shanghai with Ultra China, a two-day festival taking place at Shanghai, China, taking place September 9–10, 2017.[178] In late May, it was announced that Ultra Mexico would take place in Mexico City at the Foro Pegaso from October 6–7, 2017.[179]

In 2017, Ultra also began to expand the Resistance brand into its own event series, beginning with an 11-date international tour headlined by Sasha and John Digweed in 2017, along with an eight-week, Tuesday residence at Privilege Ibiza. In February 2018, it was announced that a three-day Resistance Mexico City festival would be held from May 25–27, 2018.[180][181]

In India, Road to Ultra: India first took take place in New Delhi and Mumbai during September 2017.[182][183] As for Australia, Road to Ultra: Australia took place in Melbourne in February 2018. It was later announced that a second event in Sydney would be added for 2019.[184][185][186]

Transportation and hotels

When located at Bayfront Park, attendees often used public transportation—including the Miami Metrorail, Metromover (which provides free service through Downtown Miami and Brickell), and Metrobus services—to reach the festival grounds due to the cost and scarcity of downtown parking.[187][188] In 2016, the city began to extend Metrorail and Metromover service to 2:00 a.m. during the festival for the benefit of attendees.[189] Due to their proximity to Bayfront (with some within walking distance), hotels within Greater Downtown Miami such as the Arts & Entertainment District, Brickell, and Edgewater neighborhoods were frequently booked by attendees. South Beach had also been used as an alternative location by some attendees, but traffic congestion was common in and around Miami during the festival.[190][191][192]

The Rickenbacker Causeway is the sole vehicular link between mainland Miami and the site of the 2019 edition, Virginia Key. Concerns were voiced by another community connected via the causeway, Key Biscayne, Florida, over the possibility that the festival could cause traffic congestion on the road.[114] There will be no public parking at the festival site, and the festival announced plans to offer shuttle service to and from Virginia Key.[193]

See also


  1. ^ 2005 saw the introduction of the category "Best Dance Event"
  2. ^ In 2008, the category of "Best Dance Event" was renamed to "Best Music Event".
  3. ^ No award ceremony was held in 2017. In 2018 winners were chosen by the Winter Music Conference them selves. 2019 marks the first year of public voting since the Winter Music Conference's restructure.[151]


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Ain't a Party

"Ain't a Party" is a song by French house music producer and disc jockey (DJ) David Guetta and Dutch duo GLOWINTHEDARK, featuring vocals from Harrison Shaw. The song was released as the lead single from Guetta's compilation album Fuck Me I'm Famous – Ibiza Mix 2013. The song was written by Harrison who originally recorded on the project in February 2013 after meeting Chuckie who had introduced him to Glowinthedark, After receiving a rough instrumental from Albert Budhai. The track went on to become a massive success at Miami's Ultra Music Festival where Guetta first heard the track and signed the record and added additional production with Giorgio Tuinfort, Jean Baptiste, Albert Budhai, Abrigael Ramos, and with additional uncredited guitar performed by Pierre-Luc Rioux.

Alex Omes

Alejandro "Alex" Omes (c. 1971 – January 12, 2015) was an Argentine-born American nightlife impresario and concert promoter. In 1999, Omes and Russell Faibisch, his then-business partner, co-founded the Ultra Music Festival, an outdoor electronic music festival held annually in Miami, Florida. Since its founding, Ultra Music Festival has grown into one of the country's and the world's largest electronic dance music festivals. An estimated 400,000 people attended Ultra Music Festival over the course of two weekends in 2013, the highest number of attendees to date.

Buttons (Sia song)

"Buttons" is a song by Australian singer-song writer Sia Furler. "Buttons" was released as a promotion single in 2007 and as the fourth and final official single from her 2008 album, Some People Have Real Problems. The song is a bonus track on the Australian edition and a hidden track (following "Lullaby") on the international edition of the album.

Re-mixes were released in the US on 25 November 2008 and a 1-track digital single in New Zealand on 9 February 2009 through Spinnin Records.The Chris Lake Vocal Mix is included on the album, "Ultra Music Festival 03"

The CSS remix is included on the album, "Triple J Hottest 100, Vol. 17" after coming in at number 50 in the annual poll.

Carl Cox

Carl Cox (born 29 July 1962) is a British house and techno record producer and DJ. In the 1980s, Cox became a mainstage DJ in the electronica industry. He has performed at numerous clubs and events worldwide and has served as a monthly DJ for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix. He has hosted a residency known as 'Music is Revolution' every summer season at the world renowned nightclub, Space Ibiza, from 2001 to 2016.He runs the record label, Intec Digital, which was founded in 1999 as Intec Records. Cox also had his own radio show, entitled 'Global'. In 2017 he announced that from February onwards he would no longer work on the show. He has featured his own 'Carl Cox & Friends' stage at many festivals, such as Ultra Music Festival, The BPM Festival and Tomorrowland.

Creatures of the Night (Hardwell and Austin Mahone song)

"Creatures of the Night" is a song by Dutch DJ Hardwell and American pop singer Austin Mahone. The song was released through Hardwell's Revealed Recordings label. It was premiered by Hardwell at the 2017 Ultra Music Festival at Miami in March.

Datsik (musician)

Troy Beetles, (born June 8, 1988) better known by his stage name Datsik, is a Canadian DJ. His first release was in the spring of 2009. He had since played at venues all over the world, including festivals such as Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Stereosonic, Boonstock, Shambhala Music Festival, and Electric Zoo.

In March 2015, Datsik partnered with Electronic Music lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Lupus Foundation of America, which works to cure and improve the lives of all that are affected by Lupus.In March 2018, Beetles was accused of sexual assault spanning multiple years, resulting in public backlash and cancellation of all Datsik appearances at upcoming shows and festivals. He officially stepped down from his label Firepower Records. On March 15, 2018, he was dropped by Deckstar and Circle Talent Agency following the accusations.

In October 2018, fan screenshots of text messages with Datsik began surfacing online, hinting that Datsik has gotten sober, is working on new music, and plans to return to the electronic music scene.

Dog Blood

Dog Blood is a side project formed in 2012 by music producers Skrillex and Boys Noize. Their debut single, Next Order / Middle Finger, was released on August 12, 2012 on Beatport and iTunes. The song "Next Order" managed to reach #1 on Beatport's Techno chart.

On 9 November, Dog Blood announced they were working on new material. Skrillex premiered a new Dog Blood track on an exclusive OWSLA live stream to members of The Nest on 21 December 2012. On 16 September they released their second EP, which consists of the tracks 'Shred or Die', 'Middle Finger Pt. 2' and 'Chella Ride'. The EP is composed of a further two remixes of "Middle Finger" by The M Machine & Millions Like Us. The song "Chella Ride" peaked at #1 on the Beatport Breaks chart.

On 17 March, Dog Blood performed live at Ultra Music Festival 2013 and debuted new material, including a remix of ASAP Rocky's "Wild For The Night". Dog Blood debuted their "Wild For The Night" remix along with three new songs. Information was released of an eight track remix package of their debut single Next Order/Middle Finger set to be released in late August, as well as a 5 track standard release coming out via The Nest subscription. Dog Blood performed at the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival and Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset in June 2013. They also played a show on July 14th for the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and made their Hard Summer debut on Saturday, August 3rd. On Skrillex's BBC Essential Mix 15/6/13, Skrillex premiered the new tracks "Dog Blood - Chella Ride", "A$AP Rocky - Wild For The Night (Dog Blood Remix)", and "Josh Wink - Higher State of Consciousness (Dog Blood Edit)".On the 2nd of December 2014, Boys Noize posted an image of Dog Blood themed artwork, hinting a potential third EP of new material.On January 28th, 2015, the lineup for the Detroit festival "Movement" was released. Included on the lineup is Dog Blood, marking a return after a cease of performances without explanation. The festival is scheduled for 23-25 May 2015.

Dog Blood performed at the 2017 Hard Summer Music Festival in Fontana, California on August 6th. This was the only performance for Dog Blood in 2017.Dog Blood returned to the stage in 2019, with a performance at BUKU Music + Art Project in New Orleans, Louisiana, on March 23rd. Dog Blood then traveled to Miami that same week to perform a warehouse party put on by Brownies & Lemonade on March 28th in Wynnwood, Florida. They then played the next day at Ultra Music Festival on March 29th at the UMF Worldwide Stage, releasing a new song the day of and vowing to release future music.

ID (song)

"ID" (alternatively ID (Ultra Music Festival Anthem)) is a song by Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo. The song was released on 10 February 2015 and reached number 31 on the Norwegian Singles Chart. "ID" was also included on the FIFA 16 soundtrack. It was the official anthem of the 2015 Ultra Music Festival.

Kygo was asked to create the official anthem of the 2015 Ultra Music Festival. A song was used in their trailer for the Miami festival, which took place in March. The track is simply titled "ID" because it doesn't officially have a name.The vocal version of this song is called "Here for You", and features the vocals from British singer and songwriter Ella Henderson, which was released on 4 September 2015.

The instrumental tune follows the style of his highly successful predecessor "Firestone", combining soft melodies with the essence of tropical house.

Jack Ü

Jack Ü is an American DJ duo consisting of electronic music producers Skrillex and Diplo, formed in 2013. They released their first official single, "Take Ü There", featuring vocals from Kiesza, on September 17, 2014. On February 3, 2015, the duo announced that they would be working with Missy Elliott on a remix to "Take Ü There". They released their first and only album, Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü, on 27 February 2015.Jack Ü performed at Ultra Music Festival Miami in 2014. They also performed at Ultra Music Festival in 2015 with the entire "Jack Ü crew", featuring live contributions from CL, Kai, Diddy, Kiesza and Justin Bieber.

According to Skrillex, the collaboration is called 'Jack Ü' because it refers to how the music "jacks you up" with its high energy beats and bassline.

Lions in the Wild

"Lions in the Wild" is a song recorded by DJs and record producers Martin Garrix and Third Party. It also features the uncredited vocals of British singer Max McElligott, formerly of the group Wolf Gang. It was released on streaming services after he premiered the song at Ultra Music Festival 2016 on 27 May 2016.

Martin Garrix

Martijn Gerard Garritsen (Dutch: [mɑrˈtɛiŋ ɣəˈrɑrt ˈxɑrɪtsə(n)]), professionally known as Martin Garrix, is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Amstelveen. His most known singles are "Animals", "In the Name of Love", and "Scared to be Lonely". He was ranked number one on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018).

He has performed at music festivals such as Coachella, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, and Creamfields. In 2014 he headlined the 1st edition of Ultra South Africa making this his first major festival. In the same year he became the youngest DJ to headline 2014 Ultra Music Festival at the age of 17. He was a resident DJ at Spain's Hï Ibiza (2017) and Ushuaïa Ibiza (2016 and 2018). He founded the label Stmpd Rcrds in 2016, months after leaving Spinnin' Records and before signing with Sony Music.

Miami Music Week

Miami Music Week (MMW) is a weeklong marathon of electronic dance music events that takes place in Miami, Florida during the last week of March and is attended by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. In 2015 over 1,000 artists performed at over 260 events hosted at a myriad of venues across Miami. Venues include nightclubs, pools, boats, and pop-up spaces/venues throughout locations like Wynwood, Downtown Miami, Miami Beach, and Little Haiti. Miami Music Week also leads up to the world's premier electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival which is attended by 165,000 people over the course of three days.

Russell Faibisch

Russell Faibisch (born July 7, 1977) is an American music festival producer and concert promoter. He is the co-founder of the Ultra Music Festival, an outdoor electronic music festival in Miami, and creator of the Ultra Worldwide brand. He is CEO, President, and Executive producer of the Ultra organization, and is also the chairman of the board, upon which Charles Faibisch and Adam Russakoff serve. Currently, Faibisch presides over an international chain of branded music festivals, concerts, and events, which include editions spanning across Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, South, and North America, plus globally syndicated radio broadcasts, an online YouTube channel, music films, and premieres. In April 2016, Ultra Music Festival won the DJ Mag award for “World’s Number 1 Festival,” which was voted on by over 500,000 fans worldwide. In 2008, Ultra was also given the DJ Award for “International Dance Music Festival." In 2014, Faibisch was ranked #6 on Rolling Stone’s “Most Important People in EDM List." Later that year, Billboard named Faibisch and business partner Adam Russakoff on the “EDM Power Players - Executives List. In 2016 and 2017, both Faibisch and Russakoff were again named on Billboard’s annual “Power List of DJs and Executives." In 2017, Magnetic Magazine named Faibisch the "Industry Person of the Year."


Martin Joseph Léonard Bresso, better known by his stage name Tchami, is a French record producer and DJ from Paris. A founding member of the Pardon My French collective, he is best known for his solo work and regarded as a pioneer of the future house genre alongside Dutch DJs Oliver Heldens and Don Diablo.Tchami often performs with the persona of a priest and a church theme. He wears a clerical collar and includes visuals such as an altar and stained glass windows. In an interview he explained that "it is [his] message, being spiritual. I think my music is about that too."

Ultra Brasil

Ultra Brasil is an outdoor electronic music festival that is a part of Ultra Music Festival's worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. Ultra Brasil debuted in November 2008 in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Brasil. In 2016, Ultra Brasil took place at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil during 14–15 October 2016. The 2017 edition of Ultra Brasil has been announced to take place at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro during 12–14 October 2017.

Ultra Japan

Ultra Japan is an outdoor electronic music festival that is a part of Ultra Music Festival's worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. Ultra Japan made its debut as a two-day festival during 27–28 September 2014, and took place at the Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park in Tokyo, Japan.

Ultra Korea

Ultra Korea is an outdoor electronic music festival that is a part of Ultra Music Festival's worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. Following Ultra Brasil's third edition in 2011, Ultra Korea made its debut as a two-day festival in August 2012 and took place at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea. The most recent edition of Ultra Korea took place during 8–10 June 2018 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium. Ultra Korea is strictly a festival for those ages 19 and over. The next edition of Ultra Korea will take place during 7–9 June 2019 at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul.


WVUM (90.5 FM) is a non-commercial alternative and electronic music college radio station at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida United States, broadcasting over-the-air to Greater Miami and streaming online via Internet radio.

The station is owned by WVUM, Inc., a corporation owned by an advisory board composed of faculty and students at the University of Miami. Air talent and station management are University of Miami students. Most positions are volunteer but some management positions are paid.

WVUM is the flagship station of Miami Hurricanes sports, airing most events live with color commentary by the station's sports staff. In February 2011, WVUM's Sports Department was invited to be the broadcasters on The University of Miami's web stream broadcasts on hurricanesports.com. The station has been a featured presence at many local Miami arts festivals, particularly at Art Basel Miami Beach and during Ultra Music Festival along with Miami Music Week.

Winter Music Conference

The Winter Music Conference (WMC) is a week-long electronic music conference, held every March in Miami Beach, Florida, United States since 1985. It is also known as the premiere platform for electronic dance music. The conference brings together professionals such as artists, DJs, record label representatives (A&R), producers, promoters, radio and the media for seminars and panel discussions. Thousands of attendees attend the WMC each year from around the world.

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