It seemed for a while that Miami would be home to multiple music festivals. But after the rapid demise of Bang! (we hardly knew ye) and the sudden cancellation of Langerado, it seems like none can match the success of Ultra, so far the city's only music festival that has proven it has lasting power.
Well, perhaps it's been their approach. Bang! tried to basically create an Ultra 2.0 in the fall, but when it changed to a single-stage format and booked mediocre supporting acts, it saw the rug pulled out from under its feet. And Langerado suffered from changing too soon and too quickly, alienating its core fan base.
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So what makes the emerging Future Classic Festival so different? For one, the only national act scheduled for the September 12 event is N.E.R.D. The rest of the acts are 100 percent local, which isn't a bad thing. Awesome New Republic, Afrobeta, Locos por Juana, Suenalo, ¡Mayday!, and others are some of the strongest bands in the area. Top that off with local DJs such as Danny Daze, Tom Lorac, Induce, Contra, Ray Milian, and others, and this fest is shaping up to be perhaps the best and most complete local music festival we've ever seen.