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Ultra Miami reveals rare footage from first show in 1999

It’s no secret that electronic music as a whole has grown rapidly over the past decade. Everything from commercial sub-genres like Big Room & Electro House, to the underground sounds of Techno and Gabber, have all exploded. Now with the growth of festivals such as Ultra Miami and Tomorrowland and commercial radio hopping on the EDM bandwagon, electronic music recognition and revenue is at an all-time high. However, this wasn’t always the case.

The late 80’s and early 90’s was a period where the majority of people’s music interests dictated by what the radio played. With Rock, Pop & Hip-Hop dominating the radio waves, thrill-seekers turned to nightclubs and festivals to listen to House & Techno, thus, fueling the rise of “Rave Culture”.  As a result of this, Ultra Miami was born in 1999. Starting out at South Beach in 1999 and 2000, the festival moved Downtown to Bayfront Park, before changing over to Museum Park 2006-2011. Ultra Miami now resides at Bayfront Park.

Legendary English DJ John Digweed explains the rise of “Rave Culture”:

“It was all word of mouth, it was all young kids trying to discover something a bit different from hiphop and grunge and stuff like that. It was a new sound that was coming through.”

With House, Techno & dominating the underground scene, artists such as Armin Van HeldenJosh Wink and Rabbit in the Moon headlined the festival in ’99. Fast forward 20 years and the underground sound is still going strong at Ultra Miami. With the likes of Carl CoxSasha & John Digweed and Seth Troxler all announced to play, this year’s Resistance experience is shaping up to be something special.

Check out the full mini-documentary below and take a trip down memory lane with Ultra Miami’s previous lineups here.

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