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ULTRA just got bigger this year. What began as a single stage in 2015 is now it’s own brand – Resistance, and it’s, as our orange friend would like to say, yuge. Ultra, named after the Depeche Mode song, Ultra (you already love it don’t you) began as a one-day festival that paid homage to electronic music back when electronic music still hadn’t spilled over into the charts. Even today it attracts the biggest and oldest names in the business including Carl Cox, who has his own massive stage, and this year, we have a name that most Gen X will remember as Sasha and Digweed.
The Ultra Music Festival runs from the 24th to the 26th of March and is held at Bayfront Park Miami, a 32-acre urban park in downtown Miami. Ultra boasts seven stages- Mainstage, the Live stage, the MegaStructure, the Worldwide stage, the UMF Radio stage, the Resistance stage, and the Oasis stage. Only this year Resistance becomes its own festival and boasts two stages, the Carl Cox Mega structure and Arcadia Spider, a gigantic Shelob that spits out the best house in the world and whose 2017 line up includes Black Coffee, DubFire, Eats Everything, Hot Since 82, The Martinez Brothers, and of course Sasha John Digweed and the master himself, in his own stage, Carl Cox. This is, undoubtedly, the most premier electronic festival in the world.
Who’s playing in General Admission? Well you have live acts like Prodigy, Underworld and KSHMR, as well as Guetta, Steve Aoki and Tiesto to just name a few. The line up is exhaustive and features over fifty artists.
Tickets: Are all sold out, on the Ultra Music Festival website. BUT that’s why you have Eventraveler because we show you the best alternate channels for tickets. Prices begin at Rs 25,000 for a 3-day pass.
What else is playing in March? Want to take a break from electronic music? Then you have comedy in the form of Gabriel Iglesias, (check out his shows on Netflix), Radiohead on the 30th of March , Air Supply on the 25th of March. Jazz Lovers should head to Branford Marsalis on 17th of March.
Stay: Downtown Miami has a flurry of options and with none of that tent in the mud business, this is a festival where you need to do only one day and head to the beach the next.
EDM not your cuppatea? We will be covering Coachella next week! Watch this space.