Ultra Music Festival

Is Ultra [email protected]#%ing Over Yet? Website: The Official Countdown for Non-Ravers

Are you ready to rave?

Maybe not. It's actually quite likely you just can’t wait for that 200,000-person traffic snarl, noise nuisance, and neon eyesore — otherwise known as Ultra Music Festival — to clear outta downtown Miami.

Well, chill, bro. The fest doesn't even swing open the gates to Bayfront Park for another three hours, 11 minutes, and 56 seconds. But if you're that overwhelmed with antsiness for the uhntz-uhntz to end, there's a website to help bide your time till Sunday at 11 p.m. sharp.

Just pop in a pacifier. Slap on some noise-cancelling headphones. And visit IsUltraFuckingOverYet.com, celebrating its second year as the official countdown to a return to normalcy for non-ravers.

The seconds, minutes, hours, and days will tick past in soothing silence. And soon Ultra will end. At least until 2016. Last year, as Ultra 2014 wound down, we at New Times interviewed the site's creator, Rebekah Monson, a digital designer who's also behind codeformiami.org.

She was surprisingly chill about Miami's EDM megafest. She wasn't a boycotter. And she wasn't a hater. "It's just something to make people laugh, really," Monson said.

Inspired by “a lot of friends complaining about noise and traffic and other issues on social media,” she launched IsUltraFuckingOverYet.com at about 4:53 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014.

And now it's back.

Or, actually, “I never took it down,” Monson tells us. “It costs nothing to run, so why not keep it clicking away?”

And while this site has been quietly counting down to the coming of Ultra Music Festival 2015 for the past 365 days, our city's residents have been noting the impending arrival of the EDM fest too. Some with excitement. And others with annoyance, anger, even rage.

But Monson's site is meant for everybody. Not just the anti-Ultra horde. “People seem to get a kick out of it, even people who like Ultra,” she says, “and I like making Miamians laugh at ourselves.”

In the designer's opnion: “Ultra is a pain, but it's also put Miami on the map. We should be able to celebrate that and poke fun at it at the same time.”

She's also hopeful that the fest sincerely wants to deal with the traffic problems, noise, and trash, as well as the overdoses, security-guard trampling, and other safety issues that plagued the festival in 2014.

“After the backlash and tragedy last year, Ultra has stepped up safety and it seems to be trying to be more considerate of people who live and work downtown,” Monson says. “I hope it's a successful shift, because the festival is a unique and interesting part of our city, even if traffic and noise is a pain in the ass for people who don't like EDM.

“A lot of Miamians have told me they hate Ultra, but that's to be expected,” she adds. “Of course we have a love/hate relationship with these big events. Everything big and flashy and cool that we host is also inconvenient for locals on some level.”

However, the designer concedes: “I never hear whining about O, Miami or Book Fair, but maybe that's because I admittedly hang out with too many book nerds.”
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