Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments

Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments
Photo by George Martinez

Another year, another Ultra Music Festival.

We here at Crossfade always make the annual pilgrimage to Ultra land. And from one UMF to the next, there is a lot of stuff that's not-so-shockingly new. Or as Deadmau5 might screech: "It's the same fucking thing every year!"

Inevitably, though, there's also a lot of stuff that make the shenanigans worth it. And these were Ultra 2014's ten best moments.

See also: Ultra 2014's Ten Worst Moments

Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments
Photo by George Martinez

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The 305 Reppin'

As usual, Ultra 2014 was stacked with superfamous DJs, rappers, and dance-y indie bands like Tiësto, Deadmau5, Hardwell, M.I.A., Chance the Rapper, Pusha T, Empire of the Sun, and MGMT.

This year, though, there was a larger than average contingent of acts reppin' the 305 at UMF. There were promotion crews Link and Miami Rebels, with South Beach's Story nightclub, who got their very own Underground Story arena, which showcased residents Hardline, Danyelino, Hugo Bianco, Ms. Mada, and Thunderpony alongside big bold names such as Jamie Jones, Art Department, Claude VonStroke, Tale of Us, and Solomun.

Meanwhile, three-time DMC World champion Craze, Grammy winner Cedric Gervais, and Diplo-approved party boys GTA, as well as Sluggers, Afrobeta, and Eons showed out for their hometown.

Big ups to the locals. S. Pajot

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

Ultra 2014's Ten Best Moments
Photo by George Martinez

One Weekend Only Is the Way to Go

Last year, the head honchos of Ultra Music Festival got the really smart idea that they should sell out not one extremely long, over-stuffed weekend, but two. From personal experience, we know that two weekends, with a really long four days packed with Winter Music Conference parties in between, make for a very angry, sad raver and a very impatient city.

Not that people were coming for both weekends necessarily, but they were staying for parties in between. And, man, the whole of Miami felt the tension arising from lacking sleep and too much bass. It was just too much pressure to party! Thankfully, this year, organizers cut back to one weekend and stopped allowing sales of single-day tickets, and they got (eventually) a full, but not too full, three-day festival going strong at Bayfront Park. Liz Tracy

See also: 50 Things You See at Ultra Music Festival

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