With the rain holding off until after the festival, the Ultra-goers were treated to some stellar weather throughout day two of Ultra Music Festival. To pair with the weather, each performance seemed to on point with artists looking to blow away their fans.
The Chainsmokers duo easily had the set of the weekend from our perspective through its first two days. Playing to a jam-packed Ultra Worldwide stage, Andrew and Alex skillfully mixed Electro House, Trap, Dubstep, and some good ole Red Hot Chili Peppers that was a treat of a set. While showcasing some of their biggest records like ‘New York City,’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down,’ and ‘Until You Were Gone,’ the moment that took the cake was seeing the entire crowd jump to ‘Roses.’ The sheer energy through the entire hour has their set locked in the number one spot.
After starting a few minutes late due to setting up, Nero quickly got the Live Stage in the mood by opening their set with the dark and bassy ‘Satisfy.’ From there, the British trio continued to rock their fans with records like ‘Etude,’ ‘Doomsday,’ and Feed Me’s excellent remix of ‘Innocence.’ The simplistic black and white visual setup of Nero really lends itself to showcase the music, while creating an environment that suits their style.
The Dutch king of mixing threw down a set early Saturday night that had the Ultra Worldwide stage bumping for the entire hour. Luke’s diverse tracklist included some old school record and some new school flavors. Stealing the moment had to be his closing with ‘We’re Forever,’ his incredible track from 2014 with powerful vocals from Marc Benjamin. Laidback Luke’s sets are always a party and Saturday was no different.
Tucked away by the bay, the UMF Radio stage creates a unique, intimate environment for its attendees. On Saturday, OWSLA controlled the decks featuring artists like Mija, Getter, and Valentino Khan throughout the day. For the final hour of the night however, we were treated to some back-to-back goodness from the all the artists playing in the day. Snails was welcomed to the stage by his labelmates after playing the Worldwide stage the previous day. Featuring dubstep, trap, and hardstyle all set, the festival closed out with one of the heaviest records to date, Whitney Huston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ as fireworks rained down in the background.
Closing out the main stage after Martin Garrix’s incredible headlining performance the night before was no easy task. However, Hardwell came well prepared, stocked with loads of new records to blow away the crowd. Featuring collaborations with W&W and Atmozfears, among others, Hardwell also brought out Craig James for his latest collaboration, ‘No Holding Back,’ a record that illustrates Hardwell’s talents as a producer by branching into Deep House. Hardwell’s energetic main stage set proves he will be competing for the number one DJ spot again in 2016.
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Photo by: Philippe Wuyts