Wow. What a week for Ultra. The iconic dance brand dropped their 2018 after-movie earlier in the week, detailing the incredible weekend of action which took place in March, culminating in the return of Swedish House Mafia at the 20th anniversary celebration. Announcing ticket details for their 2019 festival, everything seemed to be going smoothly, until the dance music world was rocked by the news yesterday that the Miami council was to reject Ultra’s plans to stage the event at their usual home of Bayfront Park.
With several thousands of ravers now concerned over the location of the 2019 event, which is usually set amid a plush area of grass, palm trees, and crystal clear blue waters filled with luxury yachts, the festival has issued an official statement adding that:
“The vote today represents only a denial of certain terms of the current proposed 5-year contract, rather than the continued production of the overall festival itself.”
Residents downtown near the waterfront are the main opposition to the festival due to the noise and traffic it creates for days before and after the festival itself. One of the main issues brought forth by representatives on the council was lack of enough philanthropy from Ultra, in exchange for what amounted to taking over the city for a period of around a week.
You can catch the full statement below: