Ultra 2013: Five Best Moments, From Snoop to Naked Dudes and 70-Year-Old Ravers
Photo by George Martinez
Welcome to Ultra land.
The weather is perfect. The kids are nice. There are "No Guns Allowed." But famous lady rapper side-boob is plentiful. So are the naked dancing dudes. And even 70-year-old ravers feel totally at home.
Quite honestly, Ultra Music Festival is paradise, if you're into fist-pumping and free-loving. Just embrace your inner beat freak and check the cut for the five best moments from weekend one of UMF 2013.
Photo by George Martinez
The EDM Generation
If you listen too intently to the drug-and-destruction alarmism perpetuated by the squares and the cops and the politicians, it might not seem like it. But just spend a day in Ultra land, mingling with the EDM generation. Just eight to twelve hours. And you will notice that these kids are quite possibly 110-percent friendlier than the average major music festival mob. You're more likely to get a big hug and a smile from a stranger than a hiss and a nasty look -- let alone a fist in the teeth. Even when they're already faded, trying to bum a smoke or some beer money, these PLUR-tastic 20-somethings never forget "please" and "thank you" and "you're awesome." And that's when you refuse to hand over a Marlboro or a buck. S. Pajot
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Snoop Debuts "No Guns Allowed"
Far be it from Snoop Dogg to deny his fans the hits. With a fat blunt of Miami's finest krippie lit and a packed amphitheater before him, the rap legend gave the Ultra crowd all his Death Row classics and his biggest Dr. Dre bangers. And as great as they sounded live and intimate, joined by Kurupt, his LBC posse, and the booming voice of Nate Dogg from the afterlife, some of that material is now stale. However, after working the crowd with dancing girls and a giant stuffed dog dick, the end of the set featured a premiere of "No Guns Allowed," an instant reggae classic by the mighty Snoop Lion. "We need to stop killing each other," he said before a basic dub beat dropped and his smoothly sung lyrics washed over the audience. Inside of a minute, the crowd knew the words to the chorus and sang along. Snoop's reincarnation as a preacher of Caribbean soul is as real as it gets.
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