After a 20th anniversary for the books, it looks like Ultra Music Festival’s 21st annual Miami event will have some barriers to overcome. After nearly two decades of calling Bayfront Park home, a bill was submitted to Miami’s city council to renew their tenure at the downtown venue.
After several months of chatter concerning Ultra and disgruntled residents, there had been talk it was a possibility the contract renewal Ultra saught, could be denied. It was the stature of Ultra combined with the revenue & tourism it brought into the city, that had festival-goers around the world ensured the contract would be renewed. However, after the issues decision date had initially been pushed back from July until September, it was today that a unanimous vote passed Miami’s City Council meeting denying the renewal for Ultra Music Festival to remain at Bayfront Park hereby ending their 15 year run in Downtown Miami. This means Ultra not only has some issues to sort out when it comes to solidifying new festival grounds but now the international cooperation has themselves in a time crunch with tickets already on sale for the 2019 edition.
The historic venue played home to several iconic moments in electronic dance music history. At Bayfront park we saw the rise and eventual catapult of Hardwell’s career take the stage with his 2013 Mainstage performance, we saw the split and reunion of legendary trio Swedish House Mafia, and of course, we saw legends like the late Avicii & Madonna captive crowds. Now the question for both fans and event coordinators is simply, what’s next?
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