Things that are cool in one context are often not cool in others. For instance, if you arrived at the Pitchfork Music Festival in your kandi best, you would certainly not be the belle of the ball. You'd be a lame-o freak in neon, crying over a box of doughnuts on her way home.
But just as location affects what is cool, so does time. What was cool at the same place last year, isn't going to be cool today. We've found that at Ultra Music Festival, things stay basically the same. There are people raving around like psychedelic Shetland ponies, exposed bellies and bums vibrating to the bass, and, of course, the random pair of JNCOs. But things change. People change. Trends change.
5. Being Nice
When I realized my iPhone had fallen out of my back pocket on Sunday, I was not a happy raver. But a friendly chick in the bathroom line lent me her phone to call mine. She was really nice about it.
Then the guy who found it on the ground waited patiently as I called him frantically from like three other peoples' phones till we found each other. That was also really nice!
Then later, when I really had to pee, another girl let me skip the line! Unheard of in downtown Miami. When is anyone that nice?
You can attribute it to Molly, but that's a load of crap. I'd rather blame all that peace, love, unity, and respect. Ultra-goers are actually more affable than just about anyone you'll meet at a huge festival. You think someone at Lollapalooza would have waited around holding a stranger's phone? Think again.
4. No Body Issues
If you read our review of the Yeasayer show, you'd know that there were plenty of butts at Ultra getting some fresh public air.
Those behinds were all different shapes and sizes, and the ladies and gents that toted them around were shameless in their exhibitionism. From XL to badonk to pancake, asses ruled the festival.
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No one seemed to have body issues. Maybe the younger generation has freed itself from the earlier ones' perceived cultural expectations of their physical forms. And that's awesome, because fuck body issues. They are like the single most boring thing your parents or your mean old uncle or ugly cousins can lay upon you.
Some people like 'em hefty, some like 'em slim. Ultraites understand there's someone for everything.
3. Ultra Merch
Though Ultra has sold their own merch in the past, this year, it seemed like everyone was sporting something with the logo on it. From Ultra bikinis to Ultra sunglasses, the folks at the fest were wearing the band's T-shirt to the band's show.
Perhaps the most impressive Ultra gesture were the big "U"s shaven into folks' tresses. Wait! We lie. The most impressive is the Ultra tattoo. Like this guy actually got an Ultra tattoo. And he wasn't the only one. That shit's permanent, bro!
2. Amazing Stages
Not sure if you peeped our Five Raddest Stage Setups at Ultra 2013, but you're going to want to. A simple nighttime drive-by of the festival grounds reveals incredibly impressive stages you can see from the street.
The Carl Cox stage's LED lights flashing psychedelic images overhead would impress even the biggest grump. And the huge arch over the World Stage rivals any nightclub at which we've ever partied. The Main Stage is absolutely majestic. With many flashing lights and smoke rising Indiana Jones-style up through the air, it's worth checking out.
1. No Hipsters, Yes Bros
Finally! There's evidence that the hipster has fallen!
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Just like there weren't any thick-rimmed, lensless frames out there at Bayfront, there just wasn't much hipster look or vibe at all. In the past, evidence of this trend showed itself even in some of the finest kandi raver gear. But 2013 may mark the death of the hip.
Sure everyone still wears Urban Outfitters shit, but that can go both hipster and bro. And, man, there were plenty of bros out there pumping fists and guzzling things. Does that mean EDM has gone totally mainstream?! Duh. It's been that. Bros watch TV. Bros like David Guetta. Bros party. Bros come to Ultra.
Yeah, frat guy, yuppie types can be pretty gross, but they're a lot more courteous than hipsters, and, unlike hipsters, you can look down your nose and judge them before they get around to sizing you up.