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Ultra Music Festival: Our Modern Day Woodstock

Updated on October 4, 2011

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Ultra Crowd 2011 VIP raised platform along both sides  Great View , High Energy
Ultra Crowd 2011 VIP raised platform along both sides Great View , High Energy
Tickets sold out six weeks before the event. All online sales.
Tickets sold out six weeks before the event. All online sales.
Blue hair man at Live stage
Blue hair man at Live stage
Neon is alive and well at Ultra
Neon is alive and well at Ultra
Food Kiosks @ Ultra
Food Kiosks @ Ultra
Free BUJU
Free BUJU
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Ultra Sponsor
AfroBeta performing Ultra 2011
AfroBeta performing Ultra 2011
Main Stage Ultra
Main Stage Ultra

A little over thirty years after Woodstock (1969), Ultra Music Festival was born. It has taken 13 years to get to where it is at today.  What started as a small outdoor rave music festival at the beach for the local youth in Miami has evolved into what one might consider a modern day Woodstock.

Although not as grand in comparison to Woodstocks 500,000 attendees, Ultra has become an annual music extravaganza with it's own bragging rights. Woodstock, the greatest musical festival that changed the History of Music has created somewhat of a do's and don'ts blueprint for Ultra which now attracts people from all over the world and keeps growing not just in fans each and every year but expanding in location and size to accommodate performers, sound, lighting engineers, multiple stages, DJ's and room for everything that happens behind the scenes.

The music festival started as a one day event, crept to two days and has now progressed into three days of crazed out fans raving and grooving to their favorite bands and DJ's of electronic music. Multiple stages feature different artists such as Tiesto, Duran Duran, deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers, Carl Cox, UnderWorld, Empire of the Sun, Armin Van Buuren, and David Guetta to name a few. For a complete list of artists, DJs and stage performances you may go to the Ultra website.

For those of you unfamiliar with a rave, it is a term used to describe this unique thumping high energy music and or the platform to enjoy the genre. A rave club or rave party is the actual event where trance, techno and electronic music are played. Bumpin beats, light shows, and glow lights are all part of the rave culture.

This year the dates for the festival fell on March 25, 26, and 27th of 2011. Held in Bicentennial Park, a 30 acre park in downtown Miami, tickets sold out six weeks prior to the event. Tickets did not even reach the ticket booths as they sold the 50,000 Ultrafest tickets available for sale online for the three day festival. VIP seating is available for those wishing to shell out the cash. Six grand gets you VIP seating for six and includes two bottles of your favorite poison, comfy seats, great service and air conditioned restrooms.


The dates are already set for next years Ultra Festival so keep an eye out and purchase early otherwise risk getting shut out.

Although the festival brings traffic, chaos and unsolicited noise to neighboring residents, plenty of money also flows into the city of Miami. Strict ordinances are in place and followed making it a well organized and tolerable event for locals. Security and police are present and more than adequate. Given the number of people attending most concert goers are there to share a beer, a smoke and great music with friends. There will always be the select few in the crowd that will be drunk, obnoxious and looking for trouble but nothing that 200 police officers and 300 security personnel can't handle. Law enforcement presence is visible on foot, bicycles, at front entrance and park perimeter. Ticket scalpers, drug dealing, and belligerence are not tolerated.

In addition, fire rescue personnel and ambulances are on sight ready to treat mostly dehydrated individuals and a few party goers gone real wild. Ravers are known to be entranced by the lights and thumping sounds after using the illegal drug ecstasy, which is known to heighten and stimulates the senses. With or without the illicit drug, the festival is a sight to behold. Fans show up in record numbers to meet up friends, dance and share a great time under the hot sun and later on underneath bright Miami stars.

 

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    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      6 years ago

      AreJay

      Very well put! I ll have to remember that. Can't wait for this years Ultra Music Festival!

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      AreJay 

      6 years ago

      It's all about the experience. It's 50% roll 50% music, 100% love.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Rebekah Nyman

      Hope you make it to Ultra. Definitely a blast! Glad you liked this hub and thanks for the kind comment :)

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      Rebekah Nydam 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've always wanted to go to Ultra! Definitely going to try to go in the near future - thanks for an awesome hub that showcases this eclectic event!!

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      James A Watkins

      This festival is relatively new and geared to a younger audience (not that you are old by any means). My kids knew about it way before I did. Isn't that always the case... Thanks for the comment James.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      I love music and I love music festivals. For some odd reason, all the years I lived in Florida I never heard of this one. Thank you for the education.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Granny's House

      Now that's a crowd! Ultra is still growing. Maybe someday they'll get close to those numbers. One thing is for sure, people love music and what better than to share good times with friends at a venue like this.

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Fantastic. I have not heard of this one before. I went to the one in Watkins Glen in 1972 and it was said there were over 6000,000 people there

      Thank you for this bit of info and the pics.

      Tina

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Eiddwen

      Thanks for reading. This was a fun one to write and even better to research on site :)

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      breakfast pop

      Glad to hear it! I say we show up next year with neon from head to toe, and entrance the masses into voting for Trump. Maybe we can kill two birds with one stone, save the country and get a Trump a nice haircut. Are you in?

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Now this is something I can wrap my arms around!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Thank you for sharing this one Bail Up!

      I really enjpyed the read and the learning new facts.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Bail Up ! profile imageAUTHOR

      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      Pamela99

      It was fun. I felt a little bit out of my element but I'm glad for the experience. Thanks for stopping in.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      It sounds like so much fun. Thanks for spreading the information.

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