Sander Van Doorn celebrates another triumphant run at Winter Music Conference with an official after movie showcasing another year of hard work and play in the name of electronic dance music.
When Deadmau5 was revealed as a headliner for Ultra, the announcement had the quality of a Daft Punk rumor. Hadn’t he sworn to never again play the festival? Hadn’t he been wholly absent from the 2012 U.S. festival circuit? Hadn’t he called out “EDM” as “Event-driven marketing?” Well, he had. But yet, there was the lineup with his name on it. Oh you. Deadmau5. You’re so random.
Perhaps ironically, mau5 was billed with a live set for the two-weekend extravaganza, leaving David Guetta and Tiësto to the DJ sets and joining the ranks of Crystal Castles and Yeasayer. Whatever Ultra meant by “live,” it’s unlikely the crowd that amassed in front of the cube gave a second of thought to the distinction: they just wanted to get lost in those big black ears, play-pushing or not. Come weekend two, I wanted to be right there with them.
On Thursday night, Sebastian Ingrosso treated Story SoBe to two full hours of classics, edits, and cameos from a few of his closest friends. While only Ingrosso, Otto Knows and Tommy Trash were slated to share the decks, Alesso, Axwell, Thomas Gold and Dirty South were also spotted behind the booth, occasionally hopping in to tweak a track or raise a glass. The camaraderie onstage may have been even more entertaining than Story’s disco balls, confetti showers and Moulin Rouge-themed dancers and acrobats, but when combined, the elements created the best kind of spectacle. Hop below the break to hear the five tracks you need to know from Sebastian Ingrosso at Story.
Weekend 1 of Ultra Music Festival has come and gone, and Bayfront Park is now patiently waiting for attendees to return for the festival’s second weekend. Sunday was the most overcast day of the weekend, but that didn’t stop fans from packing the park to the brim with energetic spirits. Weekend 1 sold out late in the afternoon, and with an absolutely stacked lineup it was clear that Sunday was the most popular day of the weekend. Krewella kicked off the afternoon, Eric Prydz packed out the Mega Structure for his afternoon set and Toolroom Knights took over the UMF Radio stage. Major Lazer supplied the Live Stage its biggest party of the weekend, Zedd took to the Main Stage for one of the biggest sets of his life, and Maya Jane Coles delivered her usual sizzling goodness. Mark Knight, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, and Claude VonStroke closed out the final day of the weekend.
Day 1 of the 15th annual Ultra Music Festival has come and gone, and Dancing Astronaut was on the scene to give you the scoop. We present some of our favorite sets including Fatboy Slim and Boys Noize, the ins and outs of the festival as experienced from the ground, along with tracks from the likes of Fedde Le Grand and Afrojack that made an Ultra debut. We bounced around between the Main Stage, Live Stage, Ultra Worldwide, UMF Radio, and we have the highlights to prove it. If you were able to be at Bayfront Park and even if you were not — let’s relive the best of Friday of Weekend 1 of UMF.
Less than 24 hours before the gates to the 15th annual Ultra Music Festival are set to open, a jumbotron screen collapsed and injured four people. The collapse occurred right before 8 p.m. this evening and Miami Fire Rescue crews were on the scene. Two male set up crew members were seriously injured, a third crew member was also injured and is in stable condition. A fourth crew member was treated on the scene. The first weekend is scheduled to occur as planned as of right now.
Statement from Ultra Music Festival:
Today (Thursday, March 14) as preparations were being made for this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival, a section of an LED screen fell and injured two workers. Fire Rescue was on site so there was a rapid response. Festival organizers are working with, and supporting, authorities as they investigate the details behind the accident.
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RPM announced today the long-awaited Erick Morillo and Subliminal Records show at the Shelborne Pool on Thursday, March 21. This party, along with RPM’s MixMash Pool Party with Laidback Luke and Friends at the National Miami, is going to be one of the many events worth checking out during Miami Music Week. It’s a perfect venue and show to warm-up with some pool-ready techy beats if you’re heading to Ultra Music Festival (or even if you’re just enjoying the parties). Don’t miss it.
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Robbie Rivera is rolling out the red carpet in Miami this March. His perennial Winter Music Conference event Juicy Beach just announced its anticipated Phase 2 lineup, adding the likes of Mord Fustang, Alex Gaudino, MYNC, and Sandro Silva to the list of artists performing at Nikki Beach Club this year. The bill already features marquee acts such as Bob Sinclar, Cosmic Gate, Moguai, and Stefano Noferini, and the Phase 3 lineup is still yet to be announced. Check out the full artist list and ticketing details here.Posted by
Ultra Music Festival usually takes places over a span of three days – six, as of 2013 – but remains relevant for 365 days a year. News surrounding the festival has dance music fans on their feet and excited for March — most of the time. The latest bit of controversy, however, was far less optimistic than the announcements of Swedish House Mafia’s finale or Deadmau5′ return. The two-weekend expansion that had been announced in October was found in jeopardy when the City of Miami’s commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, introduced a resolution that would’ve prevent Bayfront Park from hosting the festival’s second weekend. Despite arguing that “Ultra doesn’t bring a dollar to the city of Miami,” Sarnoff lost, and Ultra’s double-header survived the commissions vote.
But was Ultra really ever in danger? The statistics say no.
On December 14, DJ Shadow was kicked off the decks mid set at Mansion Nightclub in Miami, for playing a set that the club deemed “too futuristic.” While public outrage ensued via social media, Mansion has since issued a formal apology to the turntable legend. After the drama transpired, the music world was left wondering “what the hell did Shadow play to get kicked off during his own headlining tour?”
In response to the rampant curiosity, DJ Shadow has uploaded his “All Basses Covered” set from the night. Spanning everything from trap, to hardcore rap, to breakbeat, to glitch hop, DJ Shadow’s set is future bass music beaming with conspicuous Bay Area influence. Check out DJ Shadow’s set below, which is “too futuristic” in the best sense of the word.