11 Mar Sign Me up Twice for Ultra Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary
It’s 1999, the first year of what will one day be known as one of the largest and most expansive EDM festivals in the world: Ultra Music Festival. Flash forward two decades later, and Miami is gearing up for Ultra’s 20th Anniversary. In less than two weeks, I’ll be experiencing the most insane party the world has ever seen.
The festival’s beginnings started with a “small gathering” on Miami Beach. The atmosphere surrounding this first event carried something special, which made it destined to last years. They started out with one stage hosting legends such as Tiesto and John Digweed. Since then, it’s grown to seven stages hosting over 100 artists from all over the world.
It’s crazy to see how massive the festival has gotten over the span of two decades. The growth didn’t stop in Miami, though. Ultra has also since expanded to 20+ locations worldwide including South Africa, Korea, and Paraguay. I think it’s safe to say this festival will last a lifetime as it continues to dominate the electronic dance music scene.
Expect the Unexpected
This year, just as in past years, Ultra will be full of surprise guests, amazing music, and lifelong memories. However, with Ultra’s forewarning to “expect the unexpected,” I can’t help but wonder what tricks and treats the festival has up its sleeves. For example, rumors of a Swedish House Mafia performance are flying. Will this turn out to be true? We’ll have to wait and see. My guess is that whoever is the biggest surprise will treat us to their set on Sunday night and close out the festival. Watch the 20 Years of Ultra trailer below.
Posted by Ultra Music Festival on Monday, January 22, 2018
There’s no surprise about OG artists such as Afrojack and Tiesto headlining. Virtual Self’s headlining spot will be a big deal for fans of Porter Robinson as he performs under his new alias.
At the Live Stage will be Tchami x Malaa headlining and taking their massive No Redemption Tour to Ultra. Also performing there will be Rabbit in the Moon, a group that’s been around since Ultra’s youth.
Moving on to the supporting acts, one of the artists locked in on my radar is JOYRYDE. He has not released any new music in almost a year, and I’m anticipating his set to be full of IDs (which I hope he releases soon).
Another up-and-comer, Rezz, is sending it to Miami from outer space. Since embarking on her first headlining tour in 2016, she’s played numerous major festivals around the world, making her hardly new to throwing down on Earth.
Finally, I can’t wait to be time-traveling with Vini Vici again. Hopefully, they take me to the beginning of Miami Music Week so I can experience Ultra all over again. Read more about Ultra’s A State of Trance lineup here, and explore the full Phase 2 lineup below:
It’s only been two years since my first Ultra, but I may encounter a world of difference upon my return to Miami this year. GA tickets are completely sold out, but you can still buy VIP tickets here (highly recommended based on evidence that it will be more than worth it).