Ultra Music Festival

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Ultra Music Festival will return to downtown Miami, a remarkable development just two months after the homegrown event seemed destined to move out of the city, far from its longtime home on the waterfront.

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In the telenovela of Miami politics, the relationship between City Hall and Ultra Music Festival might be one of its greatest on-again, off-again romances.

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Miami has been home to the Ultra Music Festival for more than 20 years, attracting thousands of electronic dance music fans to the city each year. But last week, Ultra decided not to renew its contract with the city, terminating a two year contract agreement for the festival to be hosted on Virginia Key Beach.

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After a messy first year at their new location on Virginia Key, Ultra organizers are pulling out of the venue bordering sensitive wildlife areas and the University of Miami's Rosenstiel campus.

The Miami Herald reported organizers sent a letter to the city Wednesday saying they wanted out.

The decision comes a day before city commissioners were scheduled to vote on whether to allow the thunderous three-day music festival to return next year.

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Ultra Music Festival stressed out some of the University of Miami’s research fish more than being chased by a predator would have.

A preliminary analysis done by UM scientists show toadfish, a species that is common to Biscayne Bay with a physiology that lends itself to study of stress response, heard the music and exhibited acute stress levels during Ultra’s first day on Virginia Key. The report shows the fish were less stressed than if they were in a crowded tank but more stressed than if they heard the pop sounds from a dolphin, a species with a taste for toadfish.

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In a surprise move, the Miami City Commission on Thursday unanimously voted down a contract for Ultra Music Festival to stay in Bayfront Park.

Caught in the fray of a political grudge match between two commissioners and mixed public opinion, Ultra Music Festival’s future in downtown Miami was dealt a significant setback when commissioners rejected the contract. Downtown residents who oppose the festival left City Hall smiling and high-fiving each other as festival organizers quietly conferred outside the commission chambers.

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One of Miami’s most popular music festivals is back.

The Ultra Music Festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of people Friday through Sunday to Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, an area surrounded by high-rise buildings.

 

Traffic + Noise Disturbance = Ultra

Mar 18, 2016
John Power / WLRN

Ultra Music Festival kicked off Friday, but not everyone is “Ultra-excited”.

Since 2001 , Ultra has been taking over downtown Miami. It's gotten bigger each year, and the city and its residents have felt its growth.

“I understand that Ultra brings a lot of money, but it does bring a lot of inconveniences,” said Nadia Sloley, who works at the  Vizcayne Condo Building, 253 NE Second St., a short distance from the festival site.

This year Miami police will be rerouting traffic throughout the weekend.

Helado Negro

He’s been called a “sound artist,” and a “sonic stylist.”  His music has been described as “genre-defying.”  It seems that fans and music critics alike are always struggling to describe exactly what Roberto Carlos Lange does for a living.

“I struggle with it,” says Lange with a smile.

The Brooklyn-based, South Florida-born artist says he’s not into labels.  “When people label something, I oppose it,” he says. “And, so then, I sabotage that label.”

But a metaphor?  That’s a different story.  Take his stage name: Helado Negro, Spanish for black ice cream.

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During his sophomore year of high school, Topher started listening to electronic music in the vein of dubstep and drum and bass. Soon he got hooked onto the rest of the electronic musical tree.

Now he's a 21-year-old psychology student at Florida International University. He asked that we not use his full name, because during this year's Winter Music Conference, he plans on rolling. 

"Rolling" commonly refers to consuming molly, a hallucinogenic amphetamine-like drug marketed as MDMA. At least that’s what it’s supposed to be.

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In gearing up for a potential presidential bid, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush talked education at a summit in Tallahassee.

With the intention of releasing his emails from his time as Florida's governor, Bush also released some Floridians' personal information like Social Security numbers. 

Miami-Dade legislators say Florida may finally be expanding Medicaid this year.

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A private security guard who was trampled by gatecrashers at Ultra Music Festival earlier this year is suing the event’s organizers for $10 million.

Hours before the March 16 stampede, Miami police said they warned concert organizers that the fencing near Southeast First Street and Biscayne Boulevard was inadequate.

Erica Mack was patrolling that area when ticketless Ultra fans pushed their way through the chain link fence, toppling it over her. The crowd then ran over Mack’s body as they disappeared into the party crowd inside Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.

Minors Banned From Miami's Ultra Music Festival

Sep 3, 2014

Organizers of Ultra Music Festival, held at Miami's Bayfront Park, announced a big change for future events: no minors allowed.

Event officials say this decision is not solely based on incidents from the last festival. Back in March, security guard Erika Mack was trampled when a crowd knocked down a chain link fence. Also, patron Pena Escoto died from an accidental overdose.

Commission Votes To Keep Ultra In Miami

Apr 24, 2014
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Ultra's not going anywhere. On Thursday the Miami City Commission voted to retain the music festival.

After two hours of discussion, the commission ultimately showed their support for Ultra in a four-to-one vote. Opposition of the festival came from Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who no longer wants Ultra to take place in downtown Miami. 

 

He cited weaknesses in security that have allowed those without tickets to jump the fence and acts of violence as a result of drug use at the festival. 

 

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