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Is Ultra Music Festival Heading to South Beach?

Miami commissioner, Ricky Arriola, urges that the city arranges a new deal with Ultra Music Festival to be held in Miami in 2020. After a long twenty-year relationship, the festival cancelled their contract with the City of Miami on May 8, 2019. Commissioner Arriola wrote a letter in the upcoming commissioners meeting agenda regarding this issue. He wrote,

“I ask for the Commission to authorize the City Manager to begin discussions with Ultra Music Festival to determine the feasibility of hosting Ultra Music Festival 2020 at Lummus Park provided that an adequate public safety, transportation, and noise mitigation plan be provided.”

The festival was recently held in March at Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami and was said by many fans to have been poorly executed. The festival’s contract with the city gives each party 60 days to terminate the contract, if not it renews for the next year. On the very last day before the city had a chance to decide the music festival’s fate, Ultra backed out. Ultra wrote,

“After listening to feedback from many of you, it is clear that the festival experience on Virginia Key was simply not good enough. “

Commissioner Arriola is to address this at the commissioners meeting next week, May 22nd in City Hall. In the agenda, he states that Miami is having a spring break problem and does not want the reputation of being a rowdy and out of hand city. If Ultra was to take place during spring break, Arriola thinks it would put an end to the chaos Miami has been experiencing.

What do you think? Should the superfestival give Miami another chance? How can they break up after twenty years? Let us know what you think.



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