Ultra Miami: What the storm never took away

We enjoyed Ultra for the fourth time, one of the best festivals in the world and possibly its wildest edition in recent years.

A year before its big 25th birthday, possibly none of us envisioned an Ultra in line with what happened this year. It's not a negative review, far from it. It's, perhaps, the most positive thing you will see in this review. Thanks to the work of the entire Ultra team, we are possibly writing this article regarding the 3 days of the festival.

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Our first contact upon landing was the Revealed party, Hardwell's music label, for enjoy Radical Redemption for the first time in Miami and several other artists. Special mention also for Maddix, Blasterjaxx and Hardwell, who appeared together for play their next release '16'. There was no sign of rain at that time but all the forecasts predicted a very complicated Friday.

We had just arrived at Bayfront Park for the first day, the rumors were true and the day began in the worst possible way. The rain had flooded some parts of the main stage and it was quite difficult to access different parts if you didn't cross some of the puddles. We decided to stay as covered as possible and enjoy the sets from a distance. Nicky Romero, Alan Walker or a Tiësto, whose rain even forced him to stop his set, were some of the artists who were able to perform despite the circumstances. SLANDER, on the other hand, it seemed as if the rain itself was an extra factor in their set. 'If Tomorrow Never Happens', 'Love Is Gone' or 'Walk on Water', fit perfectly on such a rainy day.

Sadly, this would be the last set. The storm was hitting harder than ever and it forced Ultra to cancel the remainder of the day. Through its speaker Damian Pinto, the festival's loudspeaker system and screens, they announced an evacuation of the festival that was carried out without problems (as far as we could see) and in an orderly manner. Totally understandable, since personally, I thought about returning home due to the impossibility of enjoying or creating content at that moment. For more difficulty, the city of Miami was under a tornado warning hours later.

Saturday began in the same way. Constant rains and the first reports that some artists would not play at the festival. Everything indicated that the festival would not open its doors at 12:00. There is a phrase that Damian Pinto said if I remember correctly at Ultra Japan and that I will always relate to Ultra: 'Where the magic happens'. The storm cleared at 16:00 and Ultra finally opened its doors, after having worked for hours to absorb all the puddles and add more dirt to the most difficult areas.

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Blessed chaos! Some of the artists who couldn't play on Friday announced that they would finally make so on Saturday, Afrojack offering one of their slots or other artists even going b2b to allow others to perform. Even Ultra announced that the festival would be extended for an extra hour to make it easier to reschedule sets. Magic happened again at Bayfront Park.

We started the day with Sound Rush b2b Adrenalize, since we were not able to arrive in time for the previous sets at the Dirty Workz host. Hardstyle continues to grow at Ultra, as this set ended with a huge fan turnout in the crowd. Deserved recognition for both artists for achieving it, who were debuting here for the first time. Subsequently, the most acclaimed artists of this host: Sub Zero Project. We all agree that they deserve a bigger stage. After their Robot Ravolution LIVE on Reverze, we enjoyed some of these recent IDs.

Having rescheduled some performances, Saturday became the day with the most special performances of the day. In just 3 hours, we were seeing Hardwell, Excision, Martin Garrix and Seven Lions. Completely different styles but number 1 in what they do. We would have liked to see some more performances at the Dirty Workz host but given the possibility of seeing them any weekend in Europe and the exclusivity of these aforementioned sets, we only attended the closing of KAMI, who previously played a new collab with Coone.

Our last day of Ultra passed through see artists that we hardly find in Europe. After seeing Wooli on many streams we finally had the opportunity to see him live and it was absolutely amazing. With an absolutely renewed Ultra and possibly in the best version of it, it was the set we enjoyed the most of the entire festival. A submachine gun of IDs, as we are used to. Previously, we attended Dimension the last minutes of his set, where brought Alison Wonderland for their recent collab and Trivecta on the LIVE stage, who presented new songs from his next album, the follow-up of 'Island' and that perfect 'A Better World' with SLANDER.

Finally, Calvin Harris' return to Ultra after many years without attending. A combination of his classic songs, some of them remixed and a spectacular ending with that famous 'Miracle'. Sadly, it was one of the few sets that was not broadcast during the weekend, which we hope to be able to enjoy again in the future at Ultra.

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This has possibly been the shortest review that we have written at the level of Ultra artists, because truly, the one who deserves the most recognition in this edition is its own organization. Thank you for taking care of the attendees and for doing everything possible to carry out the festival despite all the adverse conditions that have existed. Even more so in a city where any situation is looked at with a magnifying glass. Possibly, except for them, none of us believed that Saturday would be celebrated within the 'normality' in which it was celebrated.

Ultra will be back in 2025 on March 28 - 29 and it will not be a normal edition. The renowned brand turns 25 and you already know what that means: it's going to be special. Our entire team is already preparing to return, so do not hesitate to contact us for information or find more information at our guide on how to attend. Tickets are now available at its website.

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One summer of 2014 I wondered what an electronic music festival would be like and 5 years later, I wonder what would become of me without such a festival regularly..

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