Music Week in Miami Features Ultra Music Festival
Featuring some of the world’s best artists and DJs, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival turns a city park into a massive dance floor.
This year, the annual Ultra Music will be held on March 24, 25, 26 in Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park. While the theme is electronic dance music, you will hear everything from disco to trance to pop music at the festival. This year, the Ultra Music Festival’s headliners include:
- Ice Cube
- Cypress Hill
- Chase and Status
- The Prodigy
- Major Lazer
- David Guetta
- Steve Aoki
- Armin van Buuren
The first Ultra Music Festival was held in 1999. Founded Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes, the festival gets its name from the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra. Launched as a one-day event, UMF Miami has expanded into a three-day festival. It now features eight stages, including: the Mainstage, the Live stage, the MegaStructure, the Worldwide stage, the UMF Radio stage, the Resistance stage, and the Oasis stage. UMF is projected to attract more than 70,000 music fans each day.
The crowd is often as eclectic as the performers, ranging from spring breakers to hardcore music fans, to those looking to see their favorite DJ’s. Many established DJ’s and club promoters attend to spot new talent and stay current with trends.
The Ultra Music Festival is held in conjunction with the Winter Music Conference. Together, the two events are commonly referred to as Miami Music Week. So while tickets to UMF Miami often sell out quickly, it is still a great time to visit Miami. In additional to the festival, there are hundreds of other music and art events held across the city.
Music fans can also watch the festival online. Last year, more than over 14 million fans from 150 countries tuned into the live stream of UMF Miami. This is certainly an alternative to the expensive Miami hotels and the crowds that attend the festival every year.