What a way to kick things off for Miami’s 21st edition of Ultra Music Festival. Presenting a renewed face, UMF was forced to abandon the Bayfront Park location in Miami’s downtown after losing a bid for five years with the City of Miami. However, Ultra’s new home Virginia Key looked stunning while fans were on the edge of their seats to witness the first performers rock the mainstage. In the middle of this excitement, Nicky Romero arose to take over the DJ booth and drop an absolutely outstanding set that left all the crowd buzzing.
The Protocol founder displayed a masterclass of how to deliver a top-notch mainstage performance. Combining all sorts of music styles, the legend played a wide variety of mash-ups and remixes featuring different artists, from Kygo, Martin Garrix and David Guetta to Troye Sivan, Kanye West, J Balvin and even Bon Jovi and Eminem.
As always, he showcased an extensive amount of material and upcoming Protocol releases from his protegees Teamworx, Deniz Koyu and Florian Picasso and had the courtesy to invite DallasK to the stage to play their new track together ‘Sometimes‘ featuring XYLO. He also put his stamp on the set showing his progressive house signature sound with tracks like ‘Duality‘, ‘Rise‘, ‘Paradise‘, ‘Bittersweet‘ the remix for Afrojack‘s ‘One More Day‘ and a very emotional ‘I Could Be The One‘, paying tribute to his beloved friend Avicii, who Nicky already gave a shoutout to during his performance at last year’s Ultra, just a few weeks before his passing.
Nicky knows perfectly what time of the year this is and is aware that Ultra is all about new music, and he didn’t disappoint. He came up with different IDs spread throughout his set. Special mention for his closing track, which is argued to be a collaboration with StadiumX and his upcoming track ‘Ups and Downs‘ along W&W. Both tracks are everything you’d expect from Nicky, presenting two mind-blowing progressive house anthems.
— NWYR Spain (@NWYRSpain) March 30, 2019
In general terms, there is no more we could’ve asked for. Unreal sound, unreal set and unreal energy. Let’s hope we can see this version of Nicky Romero for many years.
Check his tracklist here and listen to one of his brand new IDs below.