But then Ultra itself mended broken electro hearts, saved beat-freaking dreams, and restored ticketless ravers' will to dance by announcing a whole series of official Miami Music Week parties, including "ROAD TO ULTRA pre-parties, ULTRA CARRY ON after parties, [and] ULTRA BEACH pool parties."
While most details are still secret, festival reps have revealed the lineup, date, and location for the launch of "ULTRA LIVE, [its] amphitheatre-only event series."
On March 22, less than 24 hours before the actual Ultra action gets going, the fest will throw down a raging Bayside rave starring Brit trance mastes and Anjunabeats bosses Above & Beyond (AKA Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki) alongside Arty, Mat Zo, Jaytech, and Boom Jinx.
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Appropriately for all those still-traumatized Ultra fans in desperate need of emotional salve and beat rehab, this inaugural edition of Ultra Live has been dubbed Group Therapy Miami in honor of Above & Beyond's latest artist album.
So buy, buy, buy, beat freaks. Show up in your brightest neons. And dance away your pain.
Ultra Live with Above & Beyond, Arty, Mat Zo, Jaytech, and Boom Jinx. Thursday, March 22. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 11. Tickets cost $34.95 to $99.95 plus fees via ticketjunkie.net. Visit ultramusicfestival.com.