Pendulum and Knife seemed a fitting end of madness for Ultra Music Festival Miami 2016. Delivering their esteemed Drum ‘n’ Bass and adored dubstep alter ego, the closing set was a treat in itself. And with with numerous classic riffs and monstrous break downs throughout, it was a hard hitting dance music experience.
Switching the intended schedule, Knife Party, took the reigns and guided the tens of thousands of festival-goers in a frenzy of bass-dominated sound. With Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen leading the combined set through the stage transition, it garnered a rather elegant transition given stage alterations. And better still, it was the first time in 5 years Pendulum had played live as a collective – not a bad circumstance to return on it must be said.
Contained within the numerous highlights, the Australian band brought out a couple of surprising guests. The special features started off with Rage Against the Machine guitarist, Tom Morello. Joining them for their official collaboration, the track itself has floated around their sets for the past year having debuted in The Netherlands last year, and yet still remains untitled. Morello’s appearance provided the first time they have done the track live together. And with the full Pendulum band to add a more ‘metallic’ edge, fans undoubtedly were left content.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) 21 March 2016
Having been on vocals for much of their set, Rob Swire then brought out the biggest surprise, Deadmau5. Making his 3rd appearance on an Ultra stage in 24 hours, Deadmau5 derived his reputed track “Ghost’s N Stuff” alongside its often forgotten vocalist, Swire himself. Delivering a live rendition, the 2008 classic helped cap off what really was one for the record books.
Relive the madness and be sure to check out the clips below, and get the tracklist for the sets through MixCloud here!