Miami Ultra is an EDM festival that is part of the Ultra festival franchise. It's one of the biggest EDM festivals in the United States. It's held on the Miami shoreline, a hub of house and club culture.
The festival is no stranger to controversy. Just in 2014, one security guard was trampled when a panicked crowd stampeded, and one festival-goer was found dead in his car. Another 84 people were arrested and 153 people were treated for injuries. Despite the ongoing controversies, city officials have voted to not ban the festival, and Ultra will return to Las Vegas in 2015.
No information about the 2015 line-up is out yet.
2014 featured Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Diplo, Hardwell, Kaskade, New World Punx, Nicky Romero, Tiesto.
Ultra is a major EDM festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. The crowd is diverse and cosmopolitan, united for one weekend of hardcore partying and fun. Those going are mainly 20-somethings, with a mix of seasoned ravers and more casual attendees.
The stages and production are very high quality. The main stage features a cone of LED lights suspended over the DJ, while the other stages also features their own light shows and lasers.
Stages and Other Entertainment
There are 8 stages: the main stage, the live stage, the Carl Cox & Friends stage, A New State of Trance stage, the Underground Story stage, the Ultra stage, Stage 7, and the Pavilion.
Early bird tickets for Ultra music festival in 2014 went for $149.95, and lasted all of four minutes. Advanced tickets cost $274.95 and sold out in less than 30 minutes.
Fans who missed out on the discounted tickets were forced to cough up $399.95 for the standard General Admission ticket (which covers the weekend of the festival). A payment plan was offered where customers could pay over four months, but the total cost was $494.75, which is $94.80 more than the standard General Admission.
In contrast to other EDM festivals which have an 18+ or 21+ age limit, Ultra is open to those of all ages. The high price of the tickets however ensures that most of the crowd is 18+.
The festival is held on the Miami sea front, and can be accessed by boat.
The venue is called Bayfront Park, a 32-acre public park in Miami, on Biscanye Bay.
Certain hotels offer shuttles to reach the festival, so be sure to check ahead.
If you don't reach Ultra in your own car, it's preferable to book an accommodation walking distance to Ultra. Thousands of people will be hitting the streets of downtown Miami, so booking a cab will be very difficult.
If you do book cabs, the prices are reasonable, and it shouldn't be more than $20 to get to South Beach. However it's recommended to leave the festival a little early to make sure the taxis haven't run out.
Due to its urban location, Ultra does not have any camping grounds.
Casa Moderna Miami Hotel & Spa, JW Marriott Marquis Miami, and Hyatt Regency Miami are all a mile of Ultra festival. The luxurious Fontainebleau Miami Beach is less than 5 miles away.
Food and Drink
Ultra isn't cheap. A bottle of water goes for $5 and a slice of pizza $10. If you plan on attending bring plenty of cash.
Although there is free water, this consists of a few taps, so expect long queues.
What to Wear
Miami undoubtedly has a warm climate, but at night it can get quite cold. Bring something you can wear over your shirt just in case. It does rain on occasion so some festival-goers recommend on bringing a poncho as well.
Comfortable closed shoes are a must. High-heels and sandals are strongly advised enough.
What to Bring
You are not allowed to bring bottles of water, so make sure you are hydrated before attending. Bottles of water aren't cheap ($5) and they are small. Sun glasses and sunblock are both highly recommended.
The festival provides portable toilets, but they get dirt quickly. Some people like to bring extra sanitary towels and hand sanitizer.