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Ultra Music Festival

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    August 31, 2014

    Ultra Music Festival 2015 Will Be an 18-and-Over Event

    Some may complain; others may cheer. It seems like Ultra Music Festival organizers have finally put an age restriction for the event. EDM.com is reporting that Ultra 2015 will be a 18-and-over affair. This is according to flyers handed out at this weekend's Electric Zoo in New York City. See also: ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Ultra Ban: Fest Declares "Short-Term Victory" in Fight With Miami City Commission

    Ultra is safe ... For now. During yesterday's Miami City Commission meeting, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff backed off on their most recent blitz to ban the EDM Festival from Miami. At about 12:45 p.m., the mayor and commissioner announced a surprise withdrawal of their resolu ... More >>

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    April 10, 2014

    Ultra Ban: Delayed Till April 24 by Miami City Commission

    What happened with the Ultra ban? Well, we won't find out for another two weeks, because the Miami City Commission has just delayed the issue till its next meeting on April 24. Originally scheduled to be discussed, considered, and voted upon today, the resolution was withdrawn by both sponsors, Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Virgins and Veterans of Ultra Music Festival: A Video Interview

    What is it about Ultra Music Festival that makes the young kids go crazy? Can this year's UMF top the twin weekends of 2013? Does it live up to the hype? What's better: PLUR or molly? These are the hard-hitting questions that we asked the brave souls of Ultra 2014. We harassed virgins and veterans ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Ultra 2014 Announces Set Times and Stages

    It's officially Ultra season, beat freaks. Just yesterday, the EDM fest announced its Phase Two lineup, adding Chance the Rapper, Miami's own DJ Craze, as well as the Diplo and Skrillex collab Just U, and 50 other acts to the party plan. But already the Ultra Music Festival peeps have followed up ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    50 WTF Quotes From Ultra 2013

    "What the fuck does unicorn taste like?" Stardust. Rainbows. Maybe black-market horse meat from Miami's C-9 basin. There's really no way to know, though. Because this fabulous one-horned equine creature doesn't actually exist. Except when you're raving, raging, and tripping out at Ultra Music Fest ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Ten Hours Trapped at the Trapped Stage With Flosstradamus, Baauer, UZ

    Something really weird happened. We were walking into Ultra Music Festival, and just as we came around a corner, we saw a giant boombox blasting 808s and emitting smoke. We got closer to see what was up. Turns out, it was the UMF Radio stage, but it was overrun with hip-hop electro fusion. When we ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Top Ten Twerking, Sexy Dancing Ravers at Ultra 2013 in Animated GIF!

    Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha freak on! We all know that there are lots of ways to become immortalized at a massive outdoor music gathering like Ultra Music Festival. Say, humping a tree. Or dancing naked while getting arrested. But yo' momma would probably prefer if you lived forever amon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2013

    Daft Punk at Ultra 2013: Five Signs the Robots Are Coming to UMF!

    What are the odds of electro-mechanical machines (manufactured in France) descending upon Ultra Music Festival 2013 to enslave the EDM generation? We'd say the chances of a sudden and unsuspected robot invasion at UMF probably hover around 13 percent. Oh ... You mean the likelihood of notoriously ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Top Six WTF Moments from Weekend One

    It began Friday afternoon, just as the happy-hour crowd realized that something was different about its typical Metrorail commute. En route to downtown Miami, kandi kids in furry boots, nipple pasties, and CamelBak packs had overtaken the train. Ultra Music Festival was officially underway, but t ... More >>

  • Music

    March 14, 2013
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    March 8, 2013

    Disclosure Talks Ultra Fest Debut: "Bigger Production, Light Show, We Are Very Excited!"

    UK production duo Disclosure is a definite contender for biggest EDM success story of the new decade. There's the matter of the pair's precociousness: wunderkind brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence started releasing music when they were only 15 and 18 years old. And what music! Their chops in the stud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Ultra 2013: Organizers Willing to Work With City on Downtown Traffic, Security Concerns

    Marc Sarnoff still hasn't returned repeated calls to Crossfade about his anti-Ultra Music Festival stance. But considering Tommie Sunshine's push to get EDM fans to call and email him, we're pretty sure he's been busy the last for the last few 24 hours. However, we do finally have a response for U ... More >>

  • Music

    November 15, 2012
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    October 11, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival 2013 Tickets on Sale October 17

    Break out the credit card, beat freaks. Oh, and shave your legs. Tie that half-naked guy bow tie. Fluff up your purple mini-skirt tutu. Squeeze into those studly short shorts. And straighten out your human bumblebee antennae. With only 162 days, six hours, 59 minutes, and 33 seconds till the 15th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    Ultra Music Fest, Ultra Records Forge "Global Alliance" as "The Worldwide EDM Authority"

    Until earlier this morning, the electronic dance music scene lacked synergy. But Ultra Music Festival founder and CEO Russell Faibisch and Ultra Music president Patrick Moxey have since rectified the situation. In a joint statement released by both parties, Ultra Music Festival and Ultra Music ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival TV Debuts With Avicii and Madonna: "That Was One of the Most Amazing Experiences of My Life!"

    See also "Ultra Music Festival TV Hits YouTube, Free Stream of Can U Feel It EDM Documentary." Ultra Music Festival Television is alive! Just hours ago, UMFTV debuted on YouTube with its first bit of exclusive content: a ten-minute mini-journey with Avicii through his first-ever UMF headlining se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Madonna's Response to Deadmau5: "I Don't Support Drug Use and I Never Have"

    ​Appearing with electro-house meatball Avicii at Ultra Music Festival may be providing Madonna with a buzz boost on par with Betty White's reinvention as a party-rockin' hornball grams. First, the entire world seemed to shit its collective pants at the mere sight of Lady MDNA onstage at Ultra. We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival 2013 Dates Announced

    ​Are you beat-freaking kidding me? We're still uhntz-uhntz-ing around Ultra Music Festival 2012, waiting for EDM riot-starter Kaskade, David "The French Tickler" Guetta, and super-Dutch trance man Armin van Buuren to hump up onto the Main Stage and bring this sweaty, pheremone-soaked festival of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival 2012 Announces Live YouTube Stream, Rave Naked at Home

    ​Ultra Music Festival sold out months ago. So unless you're wiling to drop $7,500 on a VIP package or purchase ridiculously marked-up General Admission scalper tickets, quit bitching and accept the fact that you're not going to catch Tiësto in his (second) hometown. Instead, settle for second b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival 2012 Set Times Available on Ultra App

    ​Normally, in year's past Ultra Music Festival's organizers send us a photo version of the artist set times the day before the festival takes place. But in keeping with this year's bigger-and-better approach, you don't have wait until then to know the set times.Head over to the iPhone App Store or ... More >>

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    March 21, 2012

    Northbound Biscayne Boulevard Closed Thursday Through Monday for Ultra

    ​Ultra Music Festival is taking it to the streets. Literally. A few blocks of northbound lanes on Biscayne Boulevard will be closed starting Thursday night through early Monday morning. Plan your route accordingly, and as a favor to yourself and the drivers who can't avoid it, consider staying out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    SBTRKT Talks American Dubstep, Post-Dubstep, and Ultra Music Festival

    ​When we mentioned SBTRKT (pronounced subtract) in our list of of ten most exciting acts at Ultra Music Festival, we were being dead serious. The British musician is often pigeonholed as post-dubstep. But in reality, he carefully navigates EDM genres, splicing disparate styles and influences lik ... More >>

  • Music

    March 15, 2012
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    March 13, 2012

    Who Wants Free Tickets to Ultra Music Festival's Can U Feel It Movie Premiere?

    ​Are you among the legions of sad, ticketless beat freaks who failed to score three-day Ultra Music Festival passes before the big sellout of 2012? Well, real-life raves are overrated. And we here at Crossfade suggest that you forget about furry boots, caffeinated booze, babes of both sexes, pep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Avicii Brings "Levels," Philanthropy, and PLUR to Ultra Music Festival on March 24

    ​​Rising Swedish star Avicii is one of the hottest DJ-producers in contemporary house music. His massive hit "Levels," which samples recently deceased Etta James's "Something's Got a Hold on Me," gets so much play that it's almost become obnoxious. But before you start hating on the guy for no r ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Miike Snow Bringing New Album, Happy to You, to Ultra Music Festival

    ​Attention party animals! Sweden's Miike Snow will be breaking it down at Ultra Music Festival, and you don't wanna be caught slippin'. No, Miike Snow is not a man. It's a group of electro-pop producers -- Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Andrew Wyatt -- that's created some of the biggest ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival's Documentary, Can U Feel It, Premiering During Miami Music Week

    ​You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll uhntz-uhntz uncontrollably. That's right ... We're talking about Ultra Music Festival's 45-minute concert documentary, Can U Feel It: The UMF Experience. With a cast of 200 uber-mega-superstar DJs, lazer-wielding robots, tattooed mice men, half-naked electro g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival Announces World Tour Stops in Argentina, Ibiza, Poland, Korea, Brazil

    ​Beware, beat freaks! The raving masterminds behind Ultra Music Festival have already colonized and conquered Downtown Miami in the name of electronic dance music, annually deploying an entire army of furry-booted troops and uhntz-uhntz-ing explosives experts to terrorize Biscayne Boulevard cond ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Richie Hawtin Added to Ultra Music Festival 2012 Lineup

    ​ Do you hear that uhntz-uhntz in the distance? It's been 53 days since Ultra Music Festival 2012 announced its Phase 1 lineup, "a sprawling 92-act roster that ranges from massive dance superstars Avicii, Tiësto, David Guetta, Kaskade, and Fedde Le Grand to electronic music legends Kraftwerk, Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Ultra Music Festival 2012 Sold Out With 73 Days Until Start

    ​That's it, folks! According to its website, Ultra Music Festival 2012 is officially sold out with 73 days remaining until the first day of the festival. This breaks last year's record, when tix sold out on February 18 with a full 34 days left before the fest.Of course, Ultra's 2012 lineup, feat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    New Order to Perform at Ultra Music Festival 2012

    New Order​Our sources at Ultra Music Festival have leaked some big news, telling us that an appearance by New Wave icons New Order at this year's festival has been confirmed. The band, of course, is best known for hits like "Blue Monday," "Age of Consent," and "Bizarre Love Triangle," all of whic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Ultra Music Festival Premieres Movie Trailer for New Can U Feel It? Concert Documentary

    ​Ultra Music Festival is an insanely intense sensory experience. Three days of ecstatic raving, bro-on-bro PDA, and other miscellaneous forms of debauched misbehavior alongside all your fave DJs and 150,000 beat freaks rocking goggles, glowsticks, furry boots, yarn hair, and sweat-soaked novelty ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    Cut Copy Performing Live at Grand Central September 30

    Photo by Timothy SaccentiCut Copy​While Australian electro-rockers Cut Copy technically "kicked off" the tour for their latest album, Zonoscope, at this year's Ultra Music Festival, rest assured they are coming back to give Miami a proper show in a non-festival setting. On September 30, the band r ... More >>

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    March 27, 2011

    Ultra Bingo: Glowsticks

    ​OMFG, the Ultra Music Festival grounds are littered with glowsticks. There are red ones, blue ones, green ones, bright ones, dull ones, dead ones, smashed ones, fat ones, skinny ones, short ones, long ones, and some you don't even want to touch for fear of dibutyl phthalate contamination and STDs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2011

    Tweetcasting a Trip to the Port-a-Potty at Ultra Music Festival 2011

    ​One of the quintessential Ultra Music Festival experiences that rarely gets any press is the average attendee's trip to the port-a-potty. Well, I was waiting in line last night at 10:14 p.m. trying not to piss my pants and thought, "Somebody's gotta document it. Why not me?" But whipping out my ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    Crossfade's Ultra Fest Chat With Simian Mobile Disco

    ​If you've only ever heard debut album Attack Decay Sustain Release, you might think otherwise. But Simian Mobile Disco was never just a killer indie-dance crew. Sophomore record Temporary Pleasure had its fair share thudding, tech-y moments, not the least on sparkling, climactic "10,000 Horses ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    Ultra Bingo: Deadmau5 Head

    ​Late last night, just as midnight hit and the Ultra Music Festival's Main Stage MC was breaking up the party, we saw an enormous creature pop out of a hole in the ground. We were like, "WTF?" And then we took a closer look ... It was actually a human human being in a homemade Deadmau5 head w ... More >>

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    March 26, 2011

    Ultra Bingo: Non-Relevant '80s Band

    ​Holy crap, how could we forget? The non-relevant '80s band! Of course, this particular Ultra Bingo square was explicitly concocted in honor of Duran Duran. Just look closely and you'll see that the illustration is actually the cover of 1983's multi-platinum Rio. But when we were at Ultra Music ... More >>

  • Music

    March 17, 2011
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    March 3, 2011

    Miami Music Guide and Party Listings for Ultra Music Festival 2011

    ​The Ultra Music Festival isn't just a concert. It's now a week-long electronic and alternative musical free-for-all featuring the world's best talent and over 150,000 fans. Sure, the big show is sold out. But in the Miami nightlife universe, the many satellite parties orbiting the main event may ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Study Claims Ecstasy Doesn't Damage Brain (No Wonder Ultra Sold Out)

    Photo by Ivon David RojasA reveler at Ultra Music Festival. ​Miami's credentials as a cocaine capitol are well established, but for that last weekend every March during the Ultra Music Festival, it's no secret an extravaganza of ecstasy use takes hold of the city. Now, one of the largest studies i ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    What Are We Gonna Call the Week of Ultra Music Festival?

    Photo by Ian WitlenHelp us help the confused Ultra ravers.​As conference approaches, if someone is "winning" the battle of the dueling electronic music weeks in March, it's definitely Ultra Music Festival. That's not to say Winter Music Conference will be a total dud. In the coming weeks, though, ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    WMC 2009: Ultra Video Recap

    Here are some fan made videos I found on YouTube from Ultra Music Festival. We've got David Guetta, Tiesto, Bloody Beetroots, Juan Basshead, Deadmau5, The Drum and Bass Tent, and Swedish House Mafia. These were chosen based mostly on the decency of sound quality -- I sacrificed my own ear drums so y ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Ultra Fashion Report: Yes, You Can Look Like an Idiot, Even in Context

    It is almost impossible to make a fashion faux pas at Ultra Music Festival. I mean, yes, just about everything worn during the festival would be a major style "don't" anywhere else, but fashion is not the point. Sure, some people are there for the "music," but most people are there to watch DJs pret ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    WMC 2009: Ultra Music Festival in Pictures

    With two-days worth of performers, Ultra Music Festival is still to this day the show to attend during Winter Music Conference. Our cameras were out there in full-force to give an unprecedented visual compendium of everything that went down during the festival. Check out photos from both Day 1 (part ... More >>

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    March 24, 2009

    WMC Preview: Santigold

    Santigold isn't pop. She isn't electro. And she sure as hell isn't hip-hop or R&B, despite what some narrow-minded critics have implied. It's a position she continues to defend, though just listening to her music should allow her to rest her case. Rather her music is a blend of underground sound ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008

    Ultra Music Festival Tickets Go On Sale This Month

    Ugh, we can't believe it's coming already. Our bodies were just starting to recover from the havoc known as Winter Music Conference. But lo and behold! Ultra Music Festival organizers have announced via a newly redesigned Web site that UMF tickets go on sale this month. For how much? We aren't sure ... More >>

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    April 1, 2008

    WMC Review: Underworld at the Ultra Music Festival

    Underworld at Ultra Music Festival Bicentennial Park Saturday, March 29, 2008 Even after 10 years of the Ultra Music Festival and 23 years of Winter Music Conference, it’s still sometimes difficult to fathom the onslaught this week brings to Miami. I mean, really. Pulling myself outta Moby’s se ... More >>

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