It seems Ultra festivals across the globe haven’t had much luck recently. With the infamous relocation of Ultra Miami’s Bayfront Park venue just a few months before the festival, to the last minute drop out of Swedish House Mafia at Ultra Korea last weekend; and its not looking much better for the future of Ultra Europe.
Taking place between the 12th and 14th July, the summer festival is hosted in the beautiful city of Split, Croatia, more specifically in the confines of it’s Poljud Stadium. Yet after 5 years of accommodating the festival, recent reports from Radio Split suggest it will move to the RNK Split stadium. With only a month to go and organisers failing to draw up an agreement with their current hosts, it was decided that alternative locations would be considered as a precaution.
The commotion comes as a result of several years damage to the football pitch, with the thousands of festival goers finally taking a toll on the grass field. Last year saw a catastrophe for Split’s professional football team Hajduk, with the new lawn failing to arrive in time for the team’s games, resulting in a huge estimated loss of around 1.5 to 2 million kuna. With under a month left until the festival, it’s already too late for Ultra to organise the delivery and installation of a new field right after Ultra takes place.
In a statement released on Thursday by the mayor of Split, Andro Krstulović Opara, he states:
“We are looking for a win-win situation in which everyone will be satisfied; Hajduk and the interest of sport, then the development of tourism and the further stimulation of Ultra, which we know will stay here for a few more years”
Further details surrounding the issue are set to be released further into next week, stay tuned for more news as it happens.