Ultra Music Festival is finally legal, in the sense that adult party people will no longer need to rage alongside wide-eyed 12-year-olds and be astonished when they say it's their "third year."
For the 2015 edition of the EDM fest, each and every raver will need to be at least the age of majority to get through the gates at downtown Miami's Bayfront Park.
Earlier today, Ultra organizers confirmed this new 18-and-over policy after festival fliers with an "18+" disclaimer popped up at this past weekend's Electric Zoo in New York.
Of course, many grownup EDM fans are pleased. But lots of Ultra underage ravers are howling, "I'm about to cry."
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The age restriction could be Ultra's way of dedicating itself to safety in the wake of a recent security guard trampling and attendee overdoses. Or maybe it's just about freakin' time.
The concept is anything but foreign. Ultra is the exception, not the rule, when it comes to allowing underage festivalgoers. And after all the alarming press that resulted from last year's festivities, even many fans called for a policy change.
@ultra maybe it's time to make your festival 18/21+ and stop over selling tickets to the point where it takes 2 hours to even get in— Alejandro Solana (@A_Sol305) April 4, 2014
Ultra next year should be 18 and over or even 21 and over, idc if I don't go, but it pisses be off that I see 12 years kids there.— Simon Serna (@simonsernaa) April 1, 2014
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