Miami’s Ultra Music Festival Wraps Up Another Epic Year

The sold out Ultra Music Festival saw the stars come out in force this past weekend at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Future, Louis Tomlinson, Alessia Cara, Kygo, 2 Chainz and Lil Jon were just a few of the surprise performers that entertained 165,000 attendees from over 60 countries.

Ultra Live’s record breaking 26-hour live stream, presented by UMFTV, attracted over 7.5 million viewers from around the world. In a revolutionary move for live electronic music broadcasting, Hardwell’s set on Sunday afternoon was streamed in 360° for the first time ever at an Ultra event, giving the viewer a fully immersive interactive experience.

For the fourth consecutive year, Ultra Music Festival became the #1 trending topic on social media, with a staggering 42+ million mentions across all platforms – becoming the most tweeted about electronic music event in history.

Additionally, for the first time the Ultra Music Festival Main Stage was captured in 4K resolution, with the sets available to stream on YouTube the very next day. Within a few days the sets have accumulated over 6.2 million views, bringing the total reach of the broadcast to over 14.1 million people and counting. UMF Radio also broke its record from last year, transmitting the event to millions of fans across 51 networks in 34 countries, cementing Ultra Music Festival’s position as the most broadcasted music event in electronic music history.

The  Main Stage provided another year of unrivalled sound, dazzling pyrotechnics and LED displays throughout the weekend with Major Lazer, Axwell ^ Ingrosso and DJ Snake closing the festival on each night.

A$AP Ferg, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Chase and Status, The Prodigy and Underworld were among the world-class performers on the Live Stage across the weekend. French superstar duo Justice brought the US debut of their new live show to close the stage on Sunday, combining live instrumentation with futuristic lighting and production that transformed the amphitheatre.

The RESISTANCE Carl Cox Megastructure brought a substantial dose of house and techno to the weekend, with Cox closing the festival himself on Friday and Saturday as well as playing a special back-to-back set early on Saturday afternoon with Nic Fanciulli. In one of the highlights of the weekend, Saturday night also saw the first Sasha and John Digweed performance in the U.S. since Ultra Music Festival in 2010. On Sunday Armin van Buuren closed out the Megastructure in customary style, following euphoric sets from his A State Of Trance label mates.

Click here to check out the main stage sets from this year’s festival.

Ultra Music Festival 2018 takes place on March 23, 24, 25, 2018, and is an 18 + event.

david wheeler
david wheeler

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David R. Wheeler is a journalism professor and freelance writer. He heard about that band before you did, but he’s gonna be cool about it.

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