In case you missed the announcement in late October, Ultra Music Festival is continuing its international expansion to Japan and South Africa. Ultra’s inaugural South Africa events are scheduled to land in Cape Town and Johannesburg on February 14th and 15th respectively. With competition already alive and well in the country (Cape Town Electronic Music Festival), UMF is bringing top tier line up headliners to announce their arrival in 2014. Tiesto, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Krewella, W&W and several others make up the first official Ultra South Africa line up. Ultra has released the official South Africa trailer with promises of their state-of-the-art production and unmatched experience.
Late Wednesday evening, Ultra Music Festivalreleased its official aftermovie for Ultra Korea, which took place at Olympic Main Stadium in mid-June. For only its second go, UMF Korea did extremely well this year, attracting over 100,000 fans who, supposedly, rivaled Miami.
UMF’s videographers incorporated two tracks in their official aftermovie- Sander van Doorn‘s “Neon” and Fedde le Grand’s “Lion (Feel the Love).” Aside from capturing footage of the crowd, dancers, and the stage, the aftermovie also entailed commentary from artists such as Kaskade, Krewella, and Armin van Buuren, each of whom only had good things to say about Korea and its growing dance music scene.
As the dance music explosion becomes a global phenomenon, many of the biggest festival promoters have started to expand into previously untapped markets in an effort to unearth a new legion of fans as they spread throughout the world. Ultra Worldwide has announced their phase 1 lineups for both South Africa and their newest event, Ultra Japan. The South African installment will take place on February 14th and 15th of this upcoming year and will be appearing in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively. The headliners include Tiesto, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Krewella, and W&W, among others. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, November 1st via www.computicket.com. Prices will range from R600 p/p – R1100 p/p.
Ultra has also announced that they will be entering the Japanese market with a festival event in Tokyo that takes place on December 20th. Above & Beyond and Showtek are the two main headliners, while many standout Japanese acts will fill out the rest of the roster.
Labor Day Weekend has come to a close, and technically so has festival season. Reliving what is hailed as the start to dance music’s greatest months, Ultra Music Festival has released the official aftermovie for their 2013 affair from this March. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes, the film instills great nostalgia while following artists and fans through the three-day experience. Similarly, the video comes backed by a soundtrack that embodies some of the festival’s greatest moments with tracks from Alesso, Hardwell, Krewella, and more.
After spending two days in Split at Poljud Stadium, Ultra Europe festival-goers hopped aboard catamarans in the early morning to make the hour long trip to the Island of Hvar. Tucked away in the deep azure waters of the Adriatic Sea, Hvar acted as the perfect backdrop for the culmination of Europe’s inaugural Ultra. At Amfora Resort on the tip of the island, Brass Knuckles, Cazzette, Nervo, Dada Life, Chuckie and Steve Aoki manned a DJ booth elevated between the sea and an infinity pool for what became the best pool party… ever. Sorry Vegas, but we’ve fallen in love.
There’s Ultra in Downtown Miami and an Ultra in Korea, there’s going to be Ultra Europe in Split, Croatia, and now it seems the Ultra brand will be taking their event production talents down under in the coming year. Stoney Roads caught a tweet between a fan and the UMF TV Twitter handle from over the weekend that seems to confirm the festival’s presence in Australia in 2014. Although the specific tweet has since been deleted, it’s hard to argue that UMF would have said this in a public forum without a pretty heavy dose of certainty.
Ultra Music Festival: Korea is now live from UMF TV! Although we can’t all be in South Korea for the festival, we can still relish in some high definition live sets from a few of the festival’s top acts, courtesy of Ultra Music’s YouTube stream. While the stream ran from 6AM-1PM EST, UMFTV is thoughtful enough rebroadcast (1PM – 7PM) the day for those of us who don’t get up at sunrise. Check the schedule of performers after the break. (more…)
After early bird tickets sold out in record time and the advance tickets disappeared in a snap, hopeful Ultra Music Festival attendees were stuck with a ticket price that, for some, was too high to justify at $399.00 plus tax and fees. The public outrage resonated with the iconic music festival and Ultra has made an official statement today explaining the need for the price hike – promising that Ultra 2014 will be even bigger, and even better than its 15th anniversary. Ultra also plans to instate a “Fan Experience Committee” comprising of team members, artists and fans to ensure attendees are involved in Ultra 2014′s formation.
After making history with back to back weekends in 2013, Ultra Music Festival looks for a strong return in 2014. Expected to be “the fastest sell out in the event’s history,” Ultra will be letting loose early bird tickets on Tuesday, May 21st at 1pm. Tickets will start at $149, but remember, early bird tickets sold out in less than five minutes last year. UMF 2014 will stretch from March 28th to March 30th with no early signs of a second weekend.
His latest record, a remix for OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself,” has dominated April and will continue to own the summer. It all started weeks before its release, at Ultra Music Festival’s main stage, where Alesso gave Miami the final set before Swedish House Mafia closed their curtains. Providing the appropriate visuals, Alesso recaps his Miami Music Week for the music video. Filmed and edited by usual videographer for the Swedes, Henrik Hanson, the video portrays the maturity of the young star during a pivotal week in his career.