8 Reasons to Attend Ultra Music Festival Miami 2019
Ultra Music Festival Miami 2019 will be the festivals 21st edition and at the same time, it’s first year in its new home, Virginia Key.
While the entire year has seen Ultra marred in numerous lawsuits one after the other, the festival has come out victorious and will eventually be hosting this year’s edition from March 29-31, 2019.
While there are numerous reasons that will potentially make this edition of the festival extremely special, we decided to draw up a short list of the top few reasons according to us.
1. The Brand New Venue
While the new venue is albeit going to be harder to get to and from as compared to their earlier Bayfront Park location, Ultra have that all handled. From free shuttles to scenic ferry services, they seem to have it all figured out. What the new venue also brings to the table however is a much larger space allowing the festival to spread itself out between the two adjoining properties, Miami Marine Stadium Park and the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.
With eight stages, a dedicated Resistance Island, a new and improved Megastructure and the overall drool-worthy line-up, it just doesn’t get better. While in theory, this seems like a scenic upgrade, it is worth noting that there will be no kind of parking on the island. So highly recommend reading up on Ultra’s guide of how to get to and from the venue to avoid any inconveniences.
2. Ultra Music Festival Exclusive Acts
While every year Ultra Music Festival is the culmination of the week-long celebration that is Miami Music Week (MMW), that hasn’t changed this year. But what has, is the exclusivity many of the major Headliners on the lineup have given Ultra. Marked with the word “Exclusive” under their name on the line-up poster, they indicated that those acts will be performing solely at Ultra all through MMW and have no additional performances in the area during that period. Some of these acts include Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Carl Cox, The Chainsmokers, Zedd and many more.
During the last week of March, Miami practically transforms into the dance music capital of the world. With the who’s who of the music scene in the city and an unending list of parties and events from Winter Music Conference (WMC) to the International Dance Music Awards, it remains to be seen how this exclusivity pans out on all fronts.
3. RESISTANCE Island
With the change of location, and close to no communication of their RESISTANCE brand missing in early announcements, the festival promised a “brand new immersive 3-day experience” for its RESISTANCE stages. And they delivered as promised and more with the announcement of a dedicated RESISTANCE Island. The new venue will allow for expanded sets and hours, updated stages and advanced production, according to Ultra Miami.
Spread across three stages, the Carl Cox Megastructure will make its way to the island along with the Reflector and Arrival stages. The impressive lineup features top-notch techno acts like Adam Beyer and Richie Hawtin in addition to a 3-way B2B between Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber and Paco Osuna. It will also feature names such as Sasha & Digweed, Hot Since 82, Black Coffee and Carl Cox himself.
4. Mission: Home
One of the key concerns raised by the City of Miami and many others was the environmental impacts a festival the scale of Ultra would have on the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park and Marine Stadium Park. While Ultra decided to address this concern in a number of ways, the primary one is what they call Mission: Home. While the task on hand was to find ways to preserve the unique environmental and historic elements of Virginia Key, they are committed to the preservation of natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment of future generations by increasing sustainable initiatives.
The aim is to accomplish the mission and honor the commitment by launching initiatives focused on pollution prevention, nature preservation, community engagement, waste reduction, responsible resource strategies, and traffic mitigation. They’re also enforcing a strict leave no trace policy encouraging attendees to clean up after themselves. But as a festival, they’re enforcing Prohibiting access to beaches, ecologically sensitive areas, and historic elements by using physical barriers and strictly banning the use of polystyrene, plastic straws, single-use plastic cups, balloons, confetti, and streamers.
While most may not see this as any kind of an attraction, we felt it was high time festivals began to make efforts to negate their environmental impacts and felt the need to acknowledge Ultra taking a step in that direction.
5. Visual Art
While this isn’t an aspect Ultra has promoted or been known for in the past, with the new venue comes a new addition. Promoting and displaying art installations and live art across the festival grounds, Ultra is bringing on a diverse spectrum of talented and world-class artists this year.
With the expanded space available at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park & Miami Marine Stadium, they’re exploring it as an exciting new canvas to create on. Through the course of the three days, the festival will feature interactive art installations, live art displays and immersive experiences that promise to be worth exploring.
The of the artists who’s futuristic installations and intricate work will be on display are from all around the world. From Miami and Mexico based System_3 to Venezuelan Slomo and Royyal Dog from South Korea. Find the full lineup of Visual artists here.
6. The Worldwide Debut of Cube 3.0
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The brand new Live Arena announced by Ultra Music Festival will debut this year showcasing a string of live performances from some of the scene’s most iconic names. While renowned artists like ODESZA will take to this stage with the cinematic live performance they’re known for, there are also a number of other exciting live acts such as Illenium, Griz and Louis The Child.
That being said, it is without a doubt that we can say the most anticipated performance in the live arena belongs to DJ extraordinaire deadmau5 who will premiere his brand new Cube 3.0 stage production, in what will be not just the first ever live performance with the new set-up but a worldwide debut.
Not only has deadmau5 also announced that a new album is in the works, but rehearsal videos have also surfaced of him testing out new ID’s with the new Cube 3.0 setup. So while this set promises not only to be a visual spectacle, we will also be in for a treat with new mau5 music!
7. The Reunion of Dog Blood
One of Skrillex’s many beloved super groups is coming back together to perform at Ultra 2019 and we’re positively stoked about it. Dog Blood which is the collaborative project by Skrillex and Boyz Noise last took to the stage at Hard Summer 2017.
Dog Blood first emerged in 2012 with an EP titled Middle Finger, which was followed in 2013 by Middle Finger Pt.2 which featured the last new material from the duo. Skrillex has since teased new music from them is on the way and late last year they also announced that Dog Blood would be making a comeback at Buku Music + Art festival in New Orleans. Later when Ultra dropped their phase 1 lineup, fans were kicked to see the duo will be back at Ultra after last playing at the festival last three years ago in 2016.
8. Exciting Collaborative and B2B Sets
In our opinion, the most exciting part of festival lineups is the rarely seen B2B and collaborative sets, some of our favorite artists come together for. And needless to say, Ultra has no dearth of these. From Adam Beyer and Cirez D, Sasha and John Digweed to the famed three way back to back sets between Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna.
Some of the other noteworthy and not to be missed B2B’s include NGHTMRE and Slander, Jamie Jones B2B Joseph Capriati and Gigantic NGHTMRE presumably a live performance seeing Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE team up after they collaborated on “LikeThat” at the end of last year.
If we missed out on something you’re particularly excited about for at Ultra 2019, tell us in the comments below as we countdown the last few days to the spectacle that is, UMF Miami one more time!