What is Ultra Music Festival?
There are dozens of different music festivals throughout the world but there is nothing quite like Ultra Music Festival. This is a time of year where EDM (Electronic Dance Music) fans from around the world gather together in one venue to party and dance the night away to the industry’s most popular DJs and producers. With artists ranging from Deadmau5 to Steve Aoki, there is always an entertainer for attendees to enjoy.
Regardless of where you are in the world Ultra tries to make it to all of the fans. With 9 different dates on separate continents, there is a variety of options open to people who are interested in attending this event. The venues associated with Ultra include: South Africa, Buenos Aires, Miami, South Korea, Croatia, Japan, Ibiza, Chile, and Brazil.
Ultra at the Beginning
Russel Faibisch and Alex Omes are the two individuals who decided to come up with the idea of a festival that incorporated all of the biggest acts in EDM in the world. Considering that this genre of music was extremely popular in European countries, that is where the idea originated but the festival occurred on the sandy venue of South Beach. Ultra was originally a one day festival and held in conjunction with the Winter Music Conference (an expo where up and coming DJs attend workshops and concerts). After this, Ultra Music Festival was born.
The events held in 1999 and 2000 were so successful that they decided to move the venue from South Beach to Bayfront Park so that more guests could be accommodated. This then led to the partnership of Ultra and the Winter Music Conference.
As Ultra grew, so did the EDM scene in America. The 2010 festival was a sell-out and therefore their largest event to date, which gave Ames and Faisbisch an idea – turn it into a 3 day event.
In 2011, Ultra clashed with the dates of the Winter Music Conference, so it was decided that 2 separate festivals would be held that month. With the dominance of Ultra, there was an abundance of after parties and the conference sold a considerable amount of tickets for all 3 days. Not to mention that there were over 165,000 attendees from 75 different countries that attended the concert in 2012.
What is it Like?
For people who have never had the opportunity to attend a festival before, it can either be a culture shock or it can be the greatest experience of your life. There are a variety of amazing things that you will be able to see when you attend Ultra, ranging from the exponentially large set designs to the sheer amount of people that you will meet. Ultra is essentially, one giant gathering for people with a common interest and a common purpose – to celebrate EDM. Also, you will have the opportunity to attend concerts from a variety of different EDM artists that would otherwise never play a show in America.
Considering that the festival is a 3 day event, you will be required to buy passes in order to ensure you can attend a range of concerts. With that being said, it is important that you act fast as the majority of inexpensive tickets generally sell out right away. Tickets can range anywhere from $150.00 to $1,300.00 depending on the type of experience that you are interested in. The V.I.P tickets are the most expensive of course, with 3rd, 2nd, and 1st tier tickets priced significantly lower.
If a 3 day affair sounds like too much, you can always purchase individual tickets to see whoever is performing on a certain day, providing a more cost effective and convenient option for people who aren’t interested in partying for 3 days straight.
Things to Remember About Ultra
When you are attending the festival, there are many things that you will want to remember in order to enjoy it to its fullest extent. Here is a list of tips that you can use to make Ultra the best time of your life:
Tip 1: Love EDM
If you aren’t a fan of EDM, there really isn’t a point to you attending the festival as it basically is the only music that is played. If you find that your body would be unable to essentially party the day away for 3 entire days, you may want to follow the festival online.
Tip 2: Make Sure You’re Financially Prepared
Aside from the cost of the ticket, you will also need to consider other expenses such as a hotel, flights, drinks, food, and water.
Tip 3: Remember Ultra is HUGE
If you’re traveling with friends, it is important that you remember the grand scale of Ultra as it is the largest EDM festival in the world. You will want to make sure that you have a reliable source of communication with your group to stay in contact the whole time.