Ultra must be following the impeachment closely, because Resistance is back and bigger than ever.
Bad political humor aside, the festival's techno-minded initiative has announced the first phase of acts set to play at Ultra's 2020 edition March 20 to 22.
First, the back-to-back sets: Ultra really seems to be pushing collaborative DJ sets as a way of freshening up its lineups, which have included familiar players in recent years. This time, Jamie Jones, Carl Cox, and the Martinez Brothers will share mixing duties for their first back-to-back-to-back-to-back with one another. Cox will also do a b2b with Maceo Plex, and the triple threat of Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, and Paco Osuna will offer its own b3b.
And those are just the headliners.
The solo acts slotted for this year's iteration of Resistance include Richie Hawtin, Tale of Us, Loco Dice, CamelPhat, Eats Everything, and others. Cox, Ultra's global ambassador for the Resistance brand, will also DJ by his lonesome in addition to playing the shared sets for which he's scheduled. The undercard is stacked as well, boasting a live set from techno producer Matador as well as appearances from Butch, Nastia, Popof, and others. More acts are due to be announced as Ultra approaches.
In accordance with the festival's new layout, Resistance is rearranging itself at the northern end of Bayfront Park. Multiple areas will be highlighted, including a new stage called the Cove on the edge of Biscayne Bay. The Carl Cox Megastructure will return, and Resistance itself will finally expand to cover all three days of the festival.
At Ultra's troubled 2019 edition on Virginia Key, the sidebar was revamped into a new area called Resistance Island, which New Times called "the clear and undisputed winner of Ultra 2019." It seems as though Ultra wants to keep that beachy atmosphere alive at Bayfront.
Tickets for Ultra 2020 are still on sale at ultramusicfestival.com, where three-day GA passes go for $399.95. Here's the entire Resistance Phase One lineup:
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Dubfire B3B Nicole Moudaber B3B Paco Osuna
Jamie Jones B3B Carl Cox B3B The Martinez Brothers
Maceo Plex B2B Carl Cox
Tale of Us
Christopher Coe (Live)
Michael Bibi B2B Dennis Cruz
Reinier Zonneveld (Live)
Technasia B3B Hector B3B Carlo Lio
Resistance at Ultra Music Festival 2020. Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22, in Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; ultramusicfestival.com. Tickets cost $399.95 via ultramusicfestival.com.